Order of the Patriotic War, Type III, I Class (in silver/gold)


SKU: 01.SRU.0130.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$150+ USD

  • Order of Alexander Nevsky I Class Medal Obverse
  • Order of Alexander Nevsky I Class Medal Reverse

Estimated market value:

$150+ USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    Montey Dvor, Lenningrad
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Obv: Отечественная война
  • Version Remarks
    The award has 14ct. gold.

Physical Description and Item Details

Silver gilt with red and white enamels, Monetny Dvor mint marked and number engraved "2451229" on the reverse, 44.8 mm x 46.5 mm, silvered bronze screwback, intact enamels, traces of gilt remains, near extremely fine.


The Order of the Patriotic War was the first Soviet award established during the Second World War, on May 20, 1942. Originally it was intended to be awarded to servicemen, civilians, foreigners, units and institutions for actions against German invaders, however on December 16, 1947, it was changed and no longer included civilians, units and institutions. On July 18, 1980, foreigners were also dropped from the statutes.

This Order was conferred upon enlisted and officer ranks of the Army, Navy, NKVD Troops, and Partisan Detachments in recognition bravery and courage during the Great Patriotic War. This Order was awarded for many acts of bravery such as attacking enemy positions, destroying enemy vehicles, showing initiative, saving life and other such acts of courage. By the end of the war, there were 324,903 I Class decorations awarded, and by the end of 1991 a total of 2,398,322, including the 1985 issues.

Type III denotes the 1985 issue, and is considered an anniversary piece. The I Class decoration is made from one piece, with a screwpost soldered to the back. It is silver with gold plated areas. A raised Monetny Dvor mark is located at the top of the reverse, and the serial number is engraved with a rotating tool. The serial numbers range from roughly 300,000 to 2,574,000. The lowest observed is 463,181 and the highest is 2,573,900.

The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Patriotic War".


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