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Variation 2R1
  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.
Variation 1 had a soldered ring, two sub-variations distinguished by the size of the leters on the avers and hanger from a heavy metal with two layers (awarded between 1945-46).
This is a documented variation 2, with heavy metal suspension but made of one layer and the ring is "p" shaped (1946-48). Some awards have been seen to have a serial number stamped in the bottom part of the reverse. The document is type 1 awarded for military activities "against Japanese imperialists" (while type 2 read "against Japan")
Variation 3 had a round ring with an alluminium suspension (1945-1948).

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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