Merit Decoration for the Eastern Peoples, I Class in Silver


SKU: 01.GTR.1001.202.01.000

Estimated market value:

$300 USD

  • I Class in Silver Obverse
  • I Class in Silver Reverse
  • I Class in Silver Obverse
  • I Class in Silver Reverse
  • I Class in Silver Reverse Detail

Estimated market value:

$300 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Silvered Zinc
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

An eight-pointed silver star constructed of silvered zinc; the obverse depicting a six-leaved rosette, surrounded by a laurel wreath tied together at the bottom via a ribbon; the reverse plain, with a vertical slender pinback, a barrel hinge, and a flat wire catch; unmarked; measuring 49.5x49.5mm; weighing 18.9 grams.


The Decorations for Bravery and Merit of the "Eastern People" were founded on July 14th, 1942, to reward citizens from Soviet controlled countries such as Latvia, Lithuanian, Russia, and Estonia, who bravely served in German-sponsored military units. These individuals joined the German-sponsored units, as they wanted to help liberate their countries from Soviet rule.

The awards conferred for bravery featured crossed swords, while the decorations conferred for non-combat related meritorious services were issued without swords.

The I Class was worn as a breast star, while the II Class was worn suspended from a ribbon.


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