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Variation 3 R1
  For Victory over Japan

Awarded as of 30 September 1945 with 1.8 million issued. Made of brass with Marshal Stalin looking East (on the Victory over Germany he looked West) issued in three variations distinguished by their ring.
This is variation 3 that had a ring part of the medal and round and hanger from a heavy metal with two layers (awarded after 1946). Variation 1 had twosub-variations distinguished by the letters on the revers that are 4.9mm or 4.2mm high or by the number 4 which is either straight or slightly curved inwards (as in this one). Variation 2 also had a heavy metal suspension but of one layer (1946-48) and the ring was "u" shaped.

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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