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    Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class, Type 2 Variation 1, #27914, circa August - September 1943 issue.

    Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class, Type 2 Variation 1, #27914, circa August - September 1943 issue.

    In solid 14 K gold, silver and enamels. Measures 44.8 mm in height, 43.2 mm in width; weighs 29.4 g without screw plate. This is one of the very early Patriotic War Type 2 screw backs, with serial number near the bottom of the range for the screw back version. Features very distinctive thin "spokes" on the reverse of the gold starburst averaging 2.5 - 3 mm in width (as opposed to 4-5 mm for the far more common later versions). The currently known serial number range for the "thin spokes" sub-variation is roughly in 24000 to 28000 range. There is also very distinctive gold plating covering all of the reverse of the silver star that has been observed on a few specimens of the early sub- variation. This feature is not found on the later versions of the order.

    The mint mark is stamped in very small font, in a nearly straight line, with the first word slightly arched. The serial number shows evidence of the engraver's error: the middle digits obviously have been corrected. Nevertheless, judging by the style of the engraving, this correction was done at the mint at the time of the production - this is not a later alteration. Moreover, the serial number is perfectly in line with the other observed specimens of this version of the order.

    This is an extremely uncommon and desirable early piece!

    In very fine condition. The enamel appears perfect on the first glance but close examination reveals minor surface flakes along the edges of the upper right and upper left arms of the star. There are also a tiny scratches and contact marks throughout. There are however no chips or other glaring flaws. The gold rays are nicely defined and the original silver finish on the rifle and sword is nicely preserved. There are a few scratches to the reverse that are not detractive. The screw post is characteristically long, 17 mm measured from the reverse of the silver star, and has not been shortened. Includes original silver screw plate.

    Item# 30703


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