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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
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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Medal for the Victory over Japan
Established 30 September 1945. Awarded to servicemen and employed civilians of the Soviet Army, Navy and Ministry of Internal Affairs troops (MVD) who participated in battles against Japanese forces during the period of 8-23 August 1945, while in the ranks of the 1st and 2nd Far East Transbaikal fronts, Pacific Ocean Navy, or Amur River Flotilla. After fascist Germany's defeat, its military ally Japan continued the war with Great Britain and the U.S. Large concentrations of Japanese forces threatened the Far East territories of the USSR. In accordance with the Yalta Agreement of 8 August 1945, the USSR entered into war with Japan. After 22 days of war, Japan surrendered. This signaled the end of WWII, on 2 September 1945. For outstanding heroism in battles against Japan, 87 servicemen received the Hero of the Soviet Union title, 6 receiving the Gold Star medal for the second time. It is made of Brass. Approximately 1,831,000 were issued.
Variation 1                                      R1     
On a separately soldered ring.
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Variation 2                                      R1     
"U" shaped ring is part of medal. Usually has grind marks where ring was filed down.
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Variation 3                                      R1     

Ring is part of the medal. Ring is manufactured to appear similar to Variation 1.
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Medal for Valiant Labor in the Great Patriotic War
Established 6 June 1945. A massive labor force was crucial to the defeat of fascist Germany. This medal was awarded to all workers who served in the Soviet industrial sector for at least one year during June 1941 until May 1945. Special circumstances allowed for a 6 month term, such as disabled veterans who returned to work, workers who graduated from professional schools, and retired workers who returned to work. It is made of Copper. Approximately 16,100,000 were issued.
Type 1                                         R1 
No further information.
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Detail of variation, on a separately soldered gold-plated ring.
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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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