bottom two rows menu
TRANSDNIESTRIAN
 

Click on award for
recto/verso or use Flash

 

Counter number

686251

R?
  Memorial Cross of Honour of Ataman Kucher

This is a very rare piece as only about five hundred were produced to commemorate the Ataman of the Black See Cossacks Colonel Kucher.  Only cossacks who served with the Ataman (killed in battle in during the brief but bloody civil war in June 1992 in the town of Bender (Tighina) were decorated. Bearers of this award also include the late Soviet (briefly also Russian turned politician and Governor of a region) General A.I. Lebed who during the civil war in post-Soviet Moldova commanded the 14th Soviet Army (also famous for being the last Soviet soldier to cross the bridge from Afghanistan when the Soviets pulled out). The second person of interest with this award is Igor Nikolajevich Smirnov, "President" of the self proclaimed Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic that remains a separatist territory with all the trappings of a State including award ceremonies.  Reputedly this medal was made in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova proper. I am trying to find out how many people received this medal and for what.

AAbundant, readily available, often in wholesale quantities.
CCommon, always available. Occasionally in quantity.
R1Usually available without a long delay. Difficult to find in quantity.
R2Scarce to rare, less seldom available.
R3Rare. Difficult to find.
R4Very rare. Demand outstrips supply, and specimens, when available are often eagerly sought.
R5Extremely rare and seldom available. Collector may have to search for a few years to locate one.
R6Of the highest rarity. Very difficult to obtain.
R7Almost never available. Most collectors will not have a chance to acquire these pieces.
R8Never been on the market. Almost impossible to obtain.
R*Not available for collections.

 

Copyright 2002-2017 Oldrich Andrysek. Contents are copyrighted but may be used with permission (scans can be downloaded if credit is given). Page created by Nick Ionascu.