The Soviet Military Awards Page

Soviet Orders

Titles of Distinction
Hero of the Soviet Union
Hero of Socialist Labor
Pilot-Cosmonaut of USSR
Dist. Military Pilot USSR
Dist. Military Navigator USSR
Dist. Test Pilot USSR
Dist. Test Navigator USSR
Distinguished Pilot USSR
Dist. Navigator USSR
Order of Victory
Order of Lenin
Order of October Revolution
Order of the Red Banner
Order of Suvorov
Order of Ushakov
Order of Kutuzov
Order of Nakhimov
Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky
Order of Alexander Nevsky
Order of the Patriotic War
Order of Red Banner of Labor
Order of Friendship
Order of the Red Star
Order Service to Motherland
Order of the Badge of Honor
Order of Honor
Order of Personal Courage
Order of Glory
Order of Labor Glory
Order of Mother Heroine
Order of Maternal Glory
Medal of Ushakov
Medal of Nakhimov
20th Anniversary Red Army
Partisan of Patriotic War
Rescuing a Drowning Person
Maintaining Public Order
Military Cooperation
Safeguarding Frontiers
Bravery in Fire Fighting
For Bravery
Combat Service
Valiant Labor
Distinguished Labor
Restoration Donbass Mines
Res. Black Metal Enterprises
Development Virgin Lands
Dev. Non-Black Earth Region
Dev. Petro. of W. Siberia
Constr. Baikul-Amur Railroad
50 Years Soviet Militia
Defense of Odessa
Defense of Sevastopol
Defense of Soviet Arctic
Defense of Caucasus
Defense of Kiev
Defense of Leningrad
Defense of Moscow
Defense of Stalingrad
Capture of Vienna
Capture of Budapest
Capture of Koenigsberg
Capture of Berlin
Liberation of Belgrade
Liberation of Prague
Liberation of Warsaw
Victory over Germany
Victory over Japan
Valiant Labor Patriotic War
Distinguished Mil. Service
Armed Forces Veteran USSR
100th Ann. Lenin's Birth
Veteran of Labor
Victory Commem. Medals
Armed Forces Ann. Medals
City Jubilee Medals
Motherhood Medals
Irreproachable Svc. Medals
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Order of Friendship of Peoples

Established 17 December 1972 in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the USSR. Awarded to Soviet nationals, foreigners, establishments, institutions, organizations, military units, union and autonomous republics, provinces, autonomous provinces, national districts, and cities for distinguished services to the cause of strengthening friendship and fraternal cooperation between the socialist nations and peoples, and for significant contributions to the economic, sociopolitical, and cultural development of the USSR and its Union Republics.

Type 1                                         R2  
No further information available at this time.
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Order of the Red Star

Established 6 April 1930. Awarded to ground forces or naval personnel of all ranks and collectively to units for outstanding service in defense of the Soviet Union in both peace and war. Until the Irreproachable Service medals were established, Orders such as the Order of the Red Star were used as length of service awards. More information about this award can be found here.

Type 1                                         R5  
mark on reverse.
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Type 2                                         R4  
"Early transition piece". Transition issue without a mint mark.
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Type 2                                         R3  
"Mondvor reverse, large mint mark". Large letterheight and curved mint mark
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Type 2                                         R2  
"Mondvor reverse, small mint mark". Small letterheight and slightly curved mint mark .
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Type 2                                         R4  
"Mondvor reverse, medium mint mark". RARE. Medium letterheight and slightly curved mint mark . observed in the 8700 serial number range. New variation discovered by Paul McDaniel.
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Type 2                                         R2  
"Early Monetny Dvor, screwpost base". Mint mark
With a screwpost base.

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Type 2                                         R1  

"Monetny Dvor, flat star edges". Mint mark
No screwpost base. Flat star edges.
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Type 2                                         R1  
"Monetny Dvor, flared star edges". Mint mark
No screwpost base. Flared star edges.
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Type 2        Duplicate Award         R2
Duplicate Award. Issued as a replacement for lost or stolen awards. Note very small serial numbering and the ground off number below the stamped numbers. Unissued numbered awards had their existing numbers ground off, then the serial number of the missing award was stamped.
Sometimes a Latin or Cyrillic "D" is present.
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Type 3                                         R3  

"3-rivet construction".
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fake "3-rivet construction" purchased off a popular Internet auction site.
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A-Abundant, readily available, often in wholesale quantities.
C-Common, always available. Occasionally in quantity.
R1-Usually available without a long delay. Difficult to find in quantity.
R2-Scarce to rare, less seldom available.
R3-Rare. Difficult to find.
R4-Very rare. Demand outstrips supply, and specimens, when
available are often eagerly sought.
R5-Extremely rare and seldom available. Collector may have to
search for a few years to locate one.
R6-Of the highest rarity. Very difficult to obtain.
R7-Almost never available. Most collectors will not have a chance to acquire these pieces.
R8-Never been on the market. Almost impossible to obtain.
R*-Not available for collections.
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