Order of Lenin, Type V (Variation II)

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SKU: 01.SRU.0106.101.01.003

Estimated market value:

$2000 USD

  • Order of Lenin Gold Medal (Variation I) Obverse
  • Order of Lenin Gold Medal (Variation I) Obverse
  • Order of Lenin Gold Medal (Variation I) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$2000 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    U.S.S.R.
  • Composition
    Gold/Platinum/Enamelled
  • Inscription
    Obv: Ленин
  • Size
    38x43mm
  • Version Remarks
    This example was sold by eMedals for $1,900 in May 2018.

Physical Description and Item Details


(Орден Ленин). Instituted in 1930. In Gold and platinum with red enamels, weighing 45.8 grams inclusive of its ribboned suspension, Monetny Dvor mint mark and number impressed "185884" on the reverse, measuring 38.5 mm (w) x 43.2 mm (h) inclusive of its integral ring, original ribbon, mounted to a five-sided magnetic metal suspension with pinback, chipping evident in the red enamels on the top edge of the ribbon banner inscribed "ЛЕНИН" (Lenin), near extremely fine.

History


This was the highest award of the USSR, and was established on April 6, 1930. It is was conferred for exceptional achievements in revolutionary efforts, labour activities, defence of the homeland, establishing friendship and cooperation, fostering peace, and other outstanding activities completed for the Soviet government.

This Order can be conferred upon individual citizens, institutions, establishments, unions, military units, ships, federal republics, oblasts and okrugs,(administrative divisions), and different population centres (towns, cities, regions). Foreign institutions, individuals, and establishments may also be awarded the Order of Lenin.

Prior to the beginning of the Second World War, the Order of Lenin was awarded approximately 7,000 times. During the war, approximately 41,000 were awarded. For a Partisan Commander to earn an Order of Lenin during the war, he had to perform one of the following tasks; destroy a large railroad center; demolish a railroad station; capture at least 10 railroad trains; liberate at least 5,000 men from a POW camp; destroy 10 railroad trains with military equipment; capture an enemy supply point; capture at least 500 horses belonging to the German Fascist Army; destroy 10 enemy tanks; capture 1,000 rifles or 150 machine guns or 20 heavy mortars. However, in the second half of the war they were awarded for lesser achievements as well. From June 4, 1944 until September 14, 1957, the Order of Lenin was awarded for 25 years of service, and starting in the 1950s, it could be awarded for long service in civilian careers as well.

In total, there were over 460,000 Orders of Lenin awarded prior to the break up of the USSR. There are six types of the Order of Lenin, which differ in either design, composition, size or the method/stye of wear.

Type V, the "Circular, Five-Sided Suspension" was awarded from June 19, 1943 until the early 1950s. Type V is extremely similar to Type V, Variation II, the only difference being the screwpost on the reverse has been replaced by a loop at the top of the decoration and the location of the serial number has changed. The said loop is part of the order and is not soldered on separately.

Type V also has two variations. The serial numbers for both variations range from roughly 21000-188000. The only difference between them is that Variation I has a dimple on the reverse while Variation II does not.

The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Lenin."

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