Coins and Medals Department, Pushkin
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The Order of the Red Banner of the USSR

Material

silver 925, cupronickel, gilding, enamel, ribbon

Size

46х36,5 mm

Weight

37,65 gr

Provenance

Moscow Mint, 1955

Mint

Moscow Mint

Inventory №

130123-130124

Institution

August 1, 1924

Statute

The Order of the Red Banner of the USSR was instituted by an ordinance of the Presidium of the Central Executive Committee of the USSR after the institution of the Order of the Red Banner of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic on September 16, 1918. This decoration could be awarded for "outstanding gallantry and valour in battle".  

History

The first Order of the Red Banner was given in 1918 to V. Blyukher, the commander of Red Army, for the heroic raid at the Southern Ural where partisans battled against the Whites in the Civil War. In all, circa 15.000 heroes became bearers of the Order of the Red Banner for military merit during the Civil War. A total of 580,000 people were awarded the order by 1977.

Description

Laurel wreath with a red banner and crossed torch, gun, hammer and plough with  five-pointed red star in the centre. Inscription on the banner: "Proletarians of All the Countries - Unite!", below - "USSR". A small enamel plate in the lower part of  the badge with a numeral indicating its number in order of succession (fron 2 to 7). Red ribbon with white lines.

Literature

Kolesnikov-Rojkov, 1978 (p. 50-53); Durov V.A., 1989 (c. 54, 61-62);