"The Order of the Red Star", Subtitled "The History
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
"The Order of the Red Star" is an extraordinary book in
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
entirely new standard, with large number of magnified
in exceptional detail. Special attention is given to mint
marks, maker stamps, die characteristics and
In this respect this work surpasses the earlier
in the "Collector's Books" series, "Order of Lenin.
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
it chronologically.Serial number ranges for each variation
are accompanied by reference photos. The narrative explains
even minute differences between the variations. In
there are tables with precise production numbers by the
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
Soviet awards and, like the others in this excellent
is unlikely to ever be surpassed.