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Medals and tokens not used for payments => Prizes and decorations => Topic started by: Gerrit on October 17, 2021, 10:48:52 AM

Title: Russian Red Star
Post by: Gerrit on October 17, 2021, 10:48:52 AM
I bought this in Bishkek Kyrgystan, 5 years ago.
Serial number(T, or 1)8432
Can anyone date this medal

Thank You
Title: Re: Russian Red Star
Post by: Figleaf on October 17, 2021, 01:57:02 PM
Unless the lighting of the photo is deceptive, this is a replica of the order of the red star. The original has an oxydized silver centre, hammer and sickle logo and outside border of the enamel parts. The order was established in 1930. It was last mentioned in legislation in 1980. It may still legally exist, but I doubt any were awarded after 1989.

The Order was attached to clothing by a threaded stud and screw attachment. The otherwise plain reverse bore the maker's mark and the award serial number. A genuine piece goes for around €100, an imitation for around €10. They may be cheaper in Kyrgyzstan.

Title: Re: Russian Red Star
Post by: SC on October 17, 2021, 03:15:02 PM
It was awarded right up to the end of the USSR in December 1991.

This one is a copy/fake.  The reverse is poor quality compared to the original.  The body was likely cast, as you can see when you look at the "MONETNIY DVOR" mint mark above the screw.

The large cyrillic D below the serial number is not part of the original design.  I suspect it stands for duplicate (dublirovats in Russian).  This is likely a legal protection - like placing "copy" on imitations of coins.


(PS.  I used to collect Soviet awards, uniforms and militaria from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, when I liquidated my entire collection to concentrate on my Roman collection.)