Established 25 November 1935. Awarded on an individual or collective basis for contributions in all spheres of national life, including national defense. The early 1935 version is smaller than the later 1936 version. The 1935 order measures 39mm high and 28mm wide. The 1936 version measures 46mm high and 33mm wide. The serial numbers of the Type 1 Variation 1 appear to be stamped. They are not. They are hand engraved and this variation has been observed only twice according to McDaniel. Only numbers observed are 20 and 48.
Type 1 Variation 1 R5
1935 version. Small size. Screwback. Stamped appearing number. detail pic
Type 1 Variation 2 R4
1935 version. Small size. Screwback. Hand engraved number. detail pic
Type 2 Variation 1 R4
1936 version. Large size. Screwback. Without mint mark. detail pic
Type 2 Variation 2 R3
1936 version. Large size. Screwback. Mint mark . Slightly curved. detail pic
Type 2 Variation 3 R4
1936 version. Large size. Screwback. Mint mark has curved and spread out letters detail pic
Type 2 Variation 4 R3
1936 version. Large size. Screwback. Mint mark . Engraved number on the right. detail pic
Type 2 Variation 5 R3
Screwback. Mint mark.
Type 3 Variation 1 R2
"5-sided suspension". Flat back. Medium size mint mark.
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.