Order of the Red Banner of the USSR, Type II (Variation II)


SKU: 01.SRU.0113.102.01.005

Estimated market value:

$1,500 USD

  • Circular Medal (Variation II)  Obverse
  • Circular Medal (Variation II) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$1,500 USD


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

Physical Description and Item Details

Order of Red the Banner. Type 2. Award # 44449. Screwback. “МОНЕТНЫЙДВОР” mintmark. Original silver nut. Awarded to Kul’shin A.P., Seaman-sharpshooter, on September 27, 1942.


This is the oldest Order of the Soviet Union. Existing first as an Order of the Russian Federation (established on September 16, 1918), it was converted into an Order of the USSR on August 1, 1924. The statute was not established until January 11, 1932. It was discontinued in 1991.

It was conferred for self-sacrifice, courage, and bravery in defending Russia. It was awarded to Army, Navy, Border Guard, and Internal Security personnel, as well as KGB employees and military ships. It may also be bestowed upon foreigners. The Order was awarded for especially significant feats in combat with an obvious risk of life; outstanding combat leadership of military units displaying special bravery and courage; special bravery and courage displayed in accomplishing special assignments; special courage and bravery displayed in support of the state of security of the country and impenetrability of the state border of the USSR in situations involving the risk of life; the success of military unites and ships despite stubborn enemy resistance for being victorious over the enemy resistance, for being victorious over the enemy despite heavy losses or unfortunate circumstance; significant achievements in training and also for feats accomplished on duty with a clear risk of life.

The first award was conferred upon Civil War hero V.K Blukher on September 30, 1918. By 1933, the order had been awarded 16,762 times. Over 305,000 Orders of the Red Banner were awarded during the Great Patriotic War. By 1990, over 581,000 decorations had been awarded.

Type II or "Flat Reverse" was awarded from 1941 until 1943. This version is very similar to the first type, except for a flat reverse construction. The obverse might also have the numbers 2,3, and 4 to denote subsequent awards.

Variation I presents the Mondvor mint mark below the screwpost. The serial number range from 20,000 to 21,300.

Variation II has the Monetny Dvor mint mark with serial numbers from 21,414 to 82,365.

The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Proletarians of the World, Unite!"

The Order of the Red Banner is the most faked Soviet decoration. Most fakes are modified five-sided suspension pieces that have been converted to screwback decorations. Original screwposts were soldered with silver solder, however most fakes are soldered with lead solder and present a blackish residue. Ensure the enamel is red and not orange in colour to be authentic. Subsequent awards are heavily faked because of their rarity and value.


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