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Order of the Red Banner, 2nd award, Type 4 Variation 1 Sub-Variation 2, #11097, circa 1944.

Silver gilt, enamels. Measures 44.9 mm in height, 36.7 mm in width; weighs 24.0 g not including the suspension and connecting link. Sub- variation 2 according to the Durov & Strekalov classification, this piece features very pronounced counter-relief and arched word "Monetnyi" in the mint mark.

This is an extremely interesting piece: one of only 500 specimens that were initially left unnumbered at the Mint and had serial numbers engraved later, when they were already in the Orders Storage Room of the Supreme Soviet Award Department. According to the The Order of the Red

Silver gilt, enamels. Measures 44.9 mm in height, 36.7 mm in width; weighs 24.0 g not including the suspension and connecting link. Sub- variation 2 according to the Durov & Strekalov classification, this piece features very pronounced counter-relief and arched word "Monetnyi" in the mint mark.

This is an extremely interesting piece: one of only 500 specimens that were initially left unnumbered at the Mint and had serial numbers engraved later, when they were already in the Orders Storage Room of the Supreme Soviet Award Department. According to the The Order of the Red Banner by Durov and Strekalov, these were the specimens with serial numbers between 11001 and 11500 (see pp. 142, 143). Other Second Award Red Banners observed in this range have the same peculiar style of the serial number engraving.

In addition to its rarity, this order has tremendous research potential: several other Orders of the Red Banner, 2nd award with very close serial numbers were issued to top Marshals and Admirals. Among them are #11020 to Admiral Kuznetsov, #11293 to Marshal Malinovskiy, #11257 to Admiral Isakov and #11517 to Lavrentiy Beria /see Paul Schmitt Echoes of War: Researching Soviet Military Decorations, p.37/.

Excellent condition. There are a couple of microscopic flakes at the edges of the banner and a few equally tiny contact marks elsewhere, all of it barely detectable even under a 10x magnification. The enamel is perfect otherwise. Good amount of the original gold plating on the wreath is still present. Comes on a WW2 era suspension, a two-layer model in steel with self-locking pin. The old ribbon is perfectly preserved and clean. The connecting link appears to be of the period, although it is not original to this particular order.
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