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). This is sub-variation
2 and is distinguished by more space on the reverse between
the letter "E" in the word "VOJNE" and
the surrounding circular text (the sub-variation
1 has less 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".
readily available, often in wholesale quantities.
always available. Occasionally in quantity.
available without a long delay. Difficult to find in quantity.
to rare, less seldom available.
Difficult to find.
rare. Demand outstrips supply, and specimens, when available are often eagerly
rare and seldom available. Collector may have to search for a few years to locate
the highest rarity. Very difficult to obtain.
never available. Most collectors will not have a chance to acquire these pieces.
been on the market. Almost impossible to obtain.