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Soviet Medals

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
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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
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Medal for the Defense of Kiev

Established 21 June 1961. Awarded to all servicemen of the Soviet Army, Navy, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and citizens who took part in the defense of Kiev. The Defense of Kiev from 7 July 1941 until 26 September 1941 was the greatest defensive operation of the Soviet Army during the Great Patriotic War. On 11 July 1941, German troops advanced to the Irpen river, which is located 15-20 km. West of Kiev. The Irpen became the defensive line for over 2 1/2 months. 200,000 volunteers joined Soviet Army divisions in repelling attacks that included more than 40 enemy divisions, 10 of which were tank divisions. Despite heroic resistance, Soviet troops withdrew on 20 September 1941, due to superior numbers of the enemy. It is made of brass. Approximately 100,000 were issued.

Variation 1                                      R1  
Correct variation. Reverse of medal has Russian words "For our Soviet Motherland" on three lines, with hammer and sickle at the top.
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Variation 2                                      R4 
Mint-mistake variation. Reverse of medal has the reverse for a Capture of Vienna medal. In Russian, "13 April 1945" and a star at the top. Supposedly only a few thousand exist.
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Medal for the Defense of Leningrad

Established 22 December 1942. Awarded to all servicemen of the Soviet Army, Navy, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and civil citizens who took part in the defense of Leningrad.The famous siege of Leningrad lasted for 900 days, beginning 8 September 1941 until 27 January 1944. German forces blockaded the city in an attempt to starve the resistant inhabitants into submission. Famine was rampant. Despite being outnumbered in weapons and men, Leningrad defenders fought building to building under heavy artillery fire and air bombardment. Soviet fighters began an offensive on 14 January 1944, and the blockade of the city ended on 27 January 1944. Leningrad was awarded the Title of "Hero City" on 1 May 1945, and is one of only four "Hero Cities" in the USSR (the others being Sevastopol, Stalingrad, and Odessa.) It is made of brass. Approximately 1,496,000 were issued.

Variation 1                                      C   
On a separately soldered ring.
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Variation 2                                      C   
Ring is part of the medal.
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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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