Order of the Red Banner (Afghanistan), 1980-1992.
In gilded and silver plated brass and enamels; measures 45.3
mm in height (incl. the eyelet), 37.9 mm in width; weighs
22.4 grams not including the suspension and connecting link.
Like the other Afghan orders of the Soviet occupation era,
it was made in the Soviet Union. Extremely well-made piece;
Soviet origin of this award is clearly evident both from its
design and execution.
In excellent condition. The enamel is absolutely flawless,
free of even microscopic contact marks and showing beautiful
luster. The raised details of the obverse are crisp and free
of noticeable wear; the gilt finish is nice and bright. The
silver finish on the reverse is extremely well-preserved.
Comes on original Soviet suspension in aluminum, with scarce
Throughout its short lifespan, the Afghan Order of the Red
Banner had been awarded very sparingly and is now one of the
rarest decorations of the Communist Afghanistan. Unlike its
Soviet counterpart, this was not a strictly military
decoration although a majority of them were apparently
issued to military men. Among the recipients were top Soviet
generals such as Col. Gen. Verelko, Air Force Maj. Gen.
Rutskoy and Lt. General Rokhlin. According to its statutes,
the order could be bestowed for such things as "feats
conducted in combat conditions which involved obvious mortal
risks", "exemplary combat leadership over military units"
and "tangible achievements in industrial and social
development of the state".