Order of Glory, Type I, I Class
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The Order of Glory was established on November 8, 1943. The Order was conferred upon enlisted ranks and Air Force junior lieutenants in recognition of gallantry during combat. The Order of Glory was created as the highest soldier's award, and the Order of Victory was established as the highest officer's award. The Order was originally to be called the Order of Bagration, after the famous Russian General from the early 1800s, however, Stalin changed the name to "Glory."
The third class was the first to be awarded, and if a person distinguished themselves further they would be awarded the second class, then the first. Individuals who were awarded all three classes of the Order of Glory were known as a "Cavalier" and had the same privileges and status as the Hero of the Soviet Union. Four women and four men were designated cavaliers of all three orders.
There is only one type of I class, three types of II class, and two types of III class. There are several variations in each type. The order is a five-pointed star with a depiction of the Spassky Tower in the center medallion. All Orders of Glory measure 24-25mm from the center of the award to any point on the star. There are no mint marks on the order because it is a two sided order.
The I Class could only be awarded by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. By 1989, the I Class was awarded to 2,620.
Type I, I Class is made of 950/1000 parts gold. The serial number on the reverse are always stamped. Early pieces numbered 1-1,800 are said to have a lightly pebbled or flat-looking reverse, while later specimens have a frosted reverse and a star that has sharper angles. The serial numbers range from roughly 1-3,800.
The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Glory". The reverse features the Russian letters of the USSR.
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