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    For Loyalty to the Black Sea Cossacks

This is a rare piece as not too many are handed out to honour "loyal" Black Sea Cossacks who used to be under the command of Colonel Kucher.  Ataman Kucher was killed in battle in during the brief but bloody civil war in June 1992 in the town of Bender (Tighina) in the Republic of Moldova.  It is awarded by Igor Nikolajevich Smirnov, "President" of the self proclaimed Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic that remains a separatist territory with all the trappings of a State including award ceremonies. I am trying to find out how many people received this medal and for what.

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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