Saturday, 21 February 2009

Order of Glory 2nd Class

The Order of Glory 2nd class, in Russian Orden "Slavy"(Vtoroj Stepeni), was commissioned on 8th November 1943.

The Order of Glory 2nd class is the intermediate of the three Order of Glory classes and is awarded to non commissioned officers and those of the lower classes who have already gained a 3rd class Order of Glory and shown further bravery during battle against the enemy.

In total forty six thousand four hundred and seventy three 2nd class orders were awarded.

The first class order is a silver star with a central gold plate showing the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin with a red five pointed star at the top of the tower and a red banner underneath with gold writing saying “Slava” which means glory. On the read there is a raised circle with the letters CCCP (USSR).

Type 1 – Variation one – Extremely rare and will take a collector with funds available a few years to find one. Made of silver with a gold central plate, the edging of the star is raised on both back and front. The ring is part of the medal.

Type 1 – Variation two – Scarce, almost rare so not easily available. Made of silver with a gold central plate, the edging of the star is raised on the front only. This variation is very thin, no more than 1.5cm at the points of the star. The raised circle on the rear has a thick raised rim with a thinner raised rim inside.

Type 1 – Variation three – Scarce, almost rare so not easily available. This variation is the same as variation two with the exception that it is thicker in appearance with the points of the star being up to 2cm in thickness

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