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  Medal for combat service

Medal established by Presidential Decree no. 103 of 10 March 1999. Made of brass (latun), 32mm in diametre.
This is a more common medal but still quite rare as the so called Transdniestrian Republic has not too many battle hardened servicemen.
Awarded to "citizens" who servived in units of the Ministry of Defence, justice and forces of the border guards and the Ministry of Interior for courage demonstarted in battle, the defence of the state border etc.. including to veterans or those who fought in the brief but bloody civil war in 1992 (the Republic of Moldova).
This statelet continues to be headed by Igor Nikolajevich Smirnov, who claims to be "President" of the self-proclaimed Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic - a tiny separatist territory with all the trappings of a State including award ceremonies. I am trying to find out how many people received this medal.

Source: State Awards of the Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic, Tiraspol 2004 (in Russian), pp. 26-27.

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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