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Variation 1.1 A
 For the Victory over Germany

Some 14.9 million were issued to soldiers and officers since 9 May 1945 (immediateltely after the war some 13.66 million awarded).  Medals issued before 5 February 1951 had to be returned upon death of the holder. There are four variations distinguished by their ring.
This is variation 1 that had a soldered ring and hanger from a heavy metal with two layers (awarded 1945-46). Sub-variation 1 is distinguished by less amount of space on the reverse between the letter "E" in the word "VOJNE" and the surrounding circular text (sub-variation 2 has more space).
Subsequent variations had the ring as part of the medal. Variation 2 had one layer heavy suspension and was issued 1946-48. Variation 3 the ring was flat (also 1946-48) and variation 4 had a round ring that differed in thickness, the position of the ring above the circular text (between the letters "e" & "l", above "l" and between "l" & "o") and with an alluminium suspension (issued after 1948). Variation 5, if its not a fake, has a different colour its silver.
See also the "Decree" of the USSR Presidium of the Supreme Soviet that instituted the medal "For Victory over Germany".

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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