Order of the Red Banner of Labour, Type III (Variation I)


SKU: 01.SRU.0133.101.01.000

  • Type III, Circular Medal (Variation I)
  • Type III, Circular Medal (Variation I)

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  • Country
  • Makers
    Monetny Dvor, Lenningrad
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Obv: Пролетарии всех стран , соединяйтесь ! CCCP
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

Documented Order of the Red Banner of Labor. Type 3. Award # 21517Silver. Type 3, on 5-sided rectangular suspension. Hand-engraved “монетныйдвор” mintmark at the top, and serial number at 6 o’clock. Comes complete withOrder’s Book, issued to Solov’ev A.P. in November of 1943, priviledgesauthorized since October 1, 1943. This is the only decoration listed. Extremely rare.


The Order of the Red Banner of Labour of the USSR was established on September 7, 1928. This Order was conferred in recognition of exceptional labour contributions to the fields of production, science, culture, literature, art education, or health care. It was awarded to USSR citizens, establishments, enterprises, organizations, autonomous and united republics, krais, oblasts, okrugs, regions, cities, and other types of population centres. It may also be awarded to foreign citizens and establishments.

This Order superseded the Red Banner of Labour awards of the individual USSR republics, although some continued to award these individual awards until 1933. The Order was awarded roughly 8,000 times before the Great patriotic War, and 30,000 by the end of the war. After 1991, it had been awarded 1,260,000 times.

There are six types of the orders, and several variations within each type. All types depict a dam a gold plated hammer and sickle in the center, and all have the Cyrillic letters USSR.

Type III (long oval, five-sided suspension) was awarded from June 19,1943 until an unknown date in the early 1950. The screwback was replaced with a small integral ring at 12 o'clock for a for a five-sided suspension ribbon to be attached. The wreath , red banner and wheat bar pieces are now made as a part of the base piece. The only part to require rivets is the hammer and sickle (three rivets are used). The reverse is much more simple, presenting three rivets, with a hand-engraved serial number just above the 6 o'clock rivet. The decoration measures 47-48mm in height and 37-38mm in width. There are two variations.

Variation I had the makers mark on the top of the medal in two lines, but with two separate die stamps. The reverse is slightly concave. The serial numbers range from 23,000 to 43,100. The lowest observed is 23,938 and the highest is 43,024.

Variation II has the Monetny Dvor mark in the center, above the two rivets for the hammer and sickle. The serial numbers range from roughly 64,000 to 135,000. The lowest observed is 64,408, and the highest is 134,303.

The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Workers of the World Unite!" and "USSR".


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