Order of the Red Star
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Order of the Red Star, Type 2, Var. 2 (early transitional variation without a mint mark and with single-tier screw post base), #1770, circa 1936. This is the more rare of the two "no mint mark" sub-variations and in general, one of the rarest of all Soviet awards : fewer than 165 of these were ever made. Very fine to excellent condition.
Order of the Red Star, Type 4, Var. 1 Sub-var. 1, #12047, circa 1940. Note the exceptionally low serial number: this piece is one of the first 50 "Monetnyi Dvor" Red Stars ever made! In outstanding condition. An exceptional opportunity for the advanced collector.
Order of the Red Star, Type 6, Var. 2 ("MZPP"), #1904539, circa early to mid-1945. A relatively scarce piece from the first series produced by the Moscow Platinpribor Factory (MZPP). In excellent condition.
Order of the Red Star, Type 6, Var. 3, #1318386, awarded in May 1945 to the bookkeeper of a field bakery attached to a rifle division of the 1st Belorussian Front. He was recommended for the award on the day of the German surrender for his diligent conduct in supervising bread baking for the troops and deliveries of fodder for the division's horses. The order is in very fine condition. Comes with archival research and full English translation.
Order of the Red Star, Type 6, Var. 3, Sub-var. 4 ("MZPP"), #2090049, circa early to mid-1945. A relatively scarce version produced by the Moscow Platinpribor Factory (MZPP). This pieceis particularly interesting: it has a factory flaw, a missing part of the center medallion border. In very fine condition.
Order of the Red Star, Type 7, Var. 2, #3395921, with a document, issued for playing active role in crushing the Hungarian revolution in 1956. The award recipient, deputy commander of a mechanized regiment, led a successful armored attack on an airfield near Budapest as well as the capture of key installations in the town of Mosonmagyaróvár near Austrian border. This scarce award is a vivid reminder of one of the pivotal events of the Cold War. Comes with archival research. Both the award and the document are in near mint condition.
Order of the Red Star, counterfeit manufactured in Germany, #505342, circa 1943. This professionally made copy of the Order of the Red Star was intended specifically for Nazi infiltrators masquerading as Red Army servicemen. A documentary proof of existence of such counterfeits - along with photos - was found in recently declassified NKVD archives. Extremely rare piece.