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Variation 1R1
  For the Defence of Moscow

Awarded as of 1 May 1944 with 477 thousand issued by 1962 (1.028 million by 1995). Made of brass in two variations distinguished by their ring.
This is variation 1 that had a soldered ring and hanger from a heavy metal with two layers (awarded until the end of the war). Documents came in several varitions also.
Variations had a round ring as part of the medal with an alluminium suspension.

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.


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