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    "The Order of the Red Star", Subtitled "The History of Institution of the Award and the Evolution of Its Badge".

    "The Order of the Red Star", Subtitled "The History of Institution of the Award and the Evolution of Its Badge". Valeriy Durov, Nikolay Strekalov, C. 2008, Moscow. "Collector's Books" series.

    Hard covered, 334 pp, large 12" x 9" format hundreds of color and black & white photographs.

    This is one of the landmark "Collector's Books" reference series of books that have changed Soviet collecting forever. "The Order of the Red Star" is an extraordinary book in many respects. First of all, the importance of the subject is significant. Established in 1930, the Order of the Red Star was one of the earliest Soviet orders and had one of the longest histories. Until the end of the Soviet Union it remained one of its highest awards. A number of its variations are quite difficult to obtain and the challenge of locating them has only made collecting the Order more popular over the years. .

    A unique feature of the book is the photographs. Photos in many reference books on medals and badges present more questions than they answer. Close-ups are either non- existent or impossible to decipher. This publication sets an entirely new standard, with large number of magnified photos in exceptional detail. Special attention is given to mint marks, maker stamps, die characteristics and idiosyncrasies. In this respect this work surpasses the earlier publications in the "Collector's Books" series, "Order of Lenin. Order of Stalin" and "The Order of the Red Banner".

    Yet another great aspect is systematic approach which makes this work so easy to use and reliable. The authors organized it chronologically.Serial number ranges for each variation are accompanied by reference photos. The narrative explains even minute differences between the variations. In addendum, there are tables with precise production numbers by the mint location, dates of manufacture and detailed data on mint remakes and duplicates.

    Lastly, this book is truly a complete history of the award. It covers design stages, production and technical standards of the badges. At the same time it explains award requirements and how they evolved over the years. The text is dotted with examples of award citations and recipients, making this an interesting and captivating reading.

    Depth and quality of this publication are unprecedented. This book is a required reading for the serious collector of Soviet awards and, like the others in this excellent series, is unlikely to ever be surpassed.


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