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 For more collector's news see: Interesting 1, Interesting 2 or Interesting 3

 
 

Prices going down for a change???

For the first time in years one of my friends called from Moldova in january 2009 that prices for soviet orders and medals are going down...

I hope to get some details whether its just a blip or something serious with Moscow buyers who have evidently been inflating demand for years have cooled off...

 

Prices keep moving up - Order of Lenin T.6 recently sold for 2750 USD. . .

I recently visited Prague and Vienna and was surprised how high prices of Soviet awards are in the Czech Republic. But when I came to Vienna I was even more surprised (Order of Labour 1.100, Order of October Revolution 200 - in Euros!).

September 2007

I have recently travelled extensively through Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus and discovered that the only medals for sale are either all fakes (including declared copies) or just simply suspicious and outrageously priced pieces... . Gone are the days of buying. A 20 years RKKA 2500 USD no sweat. An Order of the Red Banner of Labour, the most common type 50 USD!

 

Prices of Soviet awards in Ukraine October 2003, December 2003 and February 2004

A friend regularly reports prices of Soviet awards in Ukraine and concludes that all markets take cue from Kiev (prices are in USD and are applicable also to Odessa, Kiev, Lvov, Rovno, Uzhgorod and Chernovtsi).

First prices are from mid-October 2003 and the second from December 2003. The last price is from February 2004.

The last prices that are in BOLD are from Moldova in November 2008 kindly provided by my good friend Zhenja.

(There are so few prices because at the last collectors club so few are on offer!)

ORDERS

OF LENIN (on suspension) 420-430; 460-490
OF LENIN (Mondvor) 1.600 (February 2004); 2500 (seen on eBay)
OCTOBER REVOLUTION 90-100; 110-130; 130-150; 800 (with doc)
THE RED BANNER from 55; 200
THE RED BANNER (screwback) from 230;
ALEXANDER NEVSKY from 450; 500; 520;
ALEXANDER NEVSKY (on suspension) 800; 850; 850-900;
THE PATRIOTIC WAR, 1ST CLASS from 135
THE PATRIOTIC WAR, 2ND CLASS from 20-25
THE RED BANNER OF LABOR 14-15; 20
THE RED BANNER OF LABOR (flatback) from 30
OF FRIENDSHIP OF PEOPLES 190-220; 200 -250, 220-250;
THE RED STAR 8-10; 10-20; 25;
THE RED STAR (screwpost base) from 20;
SERVICE TO THE MOTHERLAND IN THE ARMED FORCES, 2ND Cl. 500
SERVICE TO THE MOTHERLAND IN THE ARMED FOR. 3RD Cl. 150-170; 180; 185-190;
BADGE OF HONOR 10; 12; 15
BADGE OF HONOR (flatback) from 25; 30;
FOR PERSONAL COURAGE (USSR) 320; 350; 350
FOR PERSONAL COURAGE (without USSR) 450 (with documents from Gorbachev); 550
OF GLORY 2ND CLASS 100; 140; 160
OF GLORY 3RD CLASS 23-25; 25; 25-45

MEDALS

FOR BRAVERY 8;10
MEDAL FOR BRAVERY (small suspension) 30-35; 35
USHAKOV from 320-350 (without documents); 350 -380; 420;
FOR COMBAT SERVICE 5; 7;
FOR COMBAT SERVICE (small suspension) 28-30; 35;
NAKHIMOV (from 200 without documents); 300; 350 (number > 12000)
FOR DISTINGUISHED LABOR 7; 8;
FOR A PARTISAN OF THE PATRIOTIC WAR, 1ST CLASS 90; 100
FOR A PARTISAN OF THE PATRIOTIC WAR, 2ND CLASS 60; 80; 90
DISTINCTION IN GUARDING THE STATE BORDER (neuzilber) 60-65; 60-70;
DISTINCTION IN GUARDING THE STATE BORDER (silver) 100; 120; 150
DISTINGUISHED MILITARY SERVICE, 1ST AND 2ND CLASS 50 & 40;
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN THE PRESERV.OF PUBLIC ORDER (neuzilber) 55-60; 60
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN THE PRESERV. OF PUBLIC ORDER (silver) 90-95; 100; 150
BRAVERY IN A FIRE (neuzilver) 60; 70; 70;
BRAVERY IN A FIRE (silver) 100; 120; 150;
SAVING LIFE FROM DROWNING 150; 150- 170; 160;
THE DEFENSE OF LENINGRAD 6; 10; 10;
THE DEFENSE OF MOSCOW 6; 10; 10
THE DEFENSE OF ODESSA 45; 100; 100;
THE DEFENSE OF SEVASTOPOL 45-50; 70-80; 85
THE DEFENSE OF STALINGRAD 6; 10; 10
THE DEFENSE OF KIEV 20; 25; 30;
THE DEFENSE OF THE CAUCASUS 6; 10; 10;
THE DEFENSE OF THE SOVIET POLAR REGIONS 25; 30
FOR VICTORY OVER GERMANY IN THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR, 1941-1945 from 3
30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR 1.5
40TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR 1.5
VICTORY OVER JAPAN 6; 10; 10;
CAPTURE OF BUDAPEST 6; 12; 12;
CAPTURE OF KOENIGSBERG 6; 10; 10;
CAPTURE OF VIENNA 12; 15-18; 18;
CAPTURE OF BERLIN 6; 10; 10;
LIBERATION OF BELGRADE from 30; 60; 70;
LIBERATION OF WARSAW 6; 10; 10;
LIBERATION OF PRAGUE 10; 12 - 14; 16;
VALIANT LABOR IN THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (1941-1945) 5; 5;
A VETERAN OF LABOR 1; 1.5;
VETERANS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE USSR 4-5; 5;
FOR STRENGTHENING MILITARY COOPERATION not seen; 180; 170-180;
RESTORATION OF THE BLACK METAL ENTERPRISES from 30; 40; 40;
RESTORATION OF THE DONBASS COAL MINES 60; 70; 65;
DEVELOPMENT OF THE VIRGIN LANDS 20; 20 -25; 25;
CONSTRUCTION OF THE BAIKAL-AMUR RAILROAD 40; 40-50; 45;
DEVELOPMENT OF THE NON-BLACK EARTH REGION 55-60; 60-70; 100;
DEVEL. OF THE PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX OF W. SIBERIA 55-60; 60-70; 200!!
20 YEARS OF THE WORKERS' AND PEASANTS' RED ARMY from 200; 220-250;
20 YEARS OF THE WORKERS' AND PEASANTS' RED ARMY (first type) 250-270; 300;
30 YEARS OF THE SOVIET ARMY AND NAVY 3; 3;
40 YEARS OE THE ARMED FORCES OF THE USSR 3; 5;
50 YEARS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE USSR 1.5; 1.5;
60 YEARS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE USSR 1.5 1.5;
70 YEARS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE USSR 1.25; 1.25;
100TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF LENIN'S BIRTH 3; 3;
50 YEARS OF THE SOVIET MILITIA 5; 6=5;
800TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MOSCOW 6; 7; 7;
250TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF LENINGRAD 6; 7; 7;
1500TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF KIEV 4; 7; 7;

Conclusion:

Prices have definitely been going up ifwe compare October 2003 and February 2004 - but some are even higher than in the US from reputable dealers! In 2007 the trend has not stopped and kept going up.

Prices have dropped considerably since 2009.

The real problem is that there are more and more fakes around and they are getting better. Unscrupulous dealers are in no short supply either ... conclusion... what will be next is the question ... will the market collapse?

The fellow who rons the site posted 2011 pricelists for orders and medals.

 

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