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Gold Star "Sickle and Hammer" of a Hero of
Socialist Labor

The Gold Star medal "Sickle and Hammer" was instituted by a Decree of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet, 22 May 1940. It was instituted to distinguish citizens who were honored with the title of "Hero of Socialist Labor" which had been officially awarded since 1938. The title of "Hero of Socialist Labor" was given for heroic achievements in labor such as significantly increasing production efficiency, and for successful implementation of methods and techniques which furthered the development of the State economy, science and culture. Recipients of this award simultaneously receive the Order of Lenin, and a Diploma of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet. It could be awarded several times to an individual, however in 1988, it was restricted to a one time only award. The first title of "Hero of Socialist Labor" was awarded to Josef Stalin, in 1939. Medal No. 1 was given to him in celebration of his 60th birthday. Approximately 20,500 were awarded with this medal, 180 twice, and 16 three times.The medal is made of Gold, the other parts are silver, covered in Gold. Special privileges were also granted to holders of this title. These included a pension with survivor benefits in case of Hero's death, first priority on the housing list, 50 per cent rent reduction, reduced taxation rates, up to an additional 15 square meters in living space, free yearly round-trip first class ticket, free personal bus transportation, free yearly visit to sanitarium or rest home, as well as entertainment and medical benefits.

Type 1                                          R6
Early suspension. Serial No. 1 was awarded to Josef Stalin in 1939.
Type 2 Variation 1                              R5          
Late Suspension. Large serial numbers (serial number below 999).
Type 2 Variation 2                              R3          
Late Suspension. Number on the top (serial numbers 1000-9999).
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Type 2 Variation 3                              R3          
Late Suspension. Number below legend (serial numbers 10,000 up).
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Type 2 Second Award                           R7           
Second award given to previous holders of the Gold Star "Hero of Socialist Labor". Second occurrences of this award were halted by a directive of the USSR Supreme Soviet, 22 August 1988. Approximately 180 exist.
Type 2 Third Award                              R8           
Third award given to previous holders of a Second award of the Gold Star "Hero of Socialist Labor". Third occurrences of this award were halted by a directive of the USSR Supreme Soviet, 22 August 1988. Approximately 16 exist.
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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