The Order of the Patriotic War is a military order of the USSR, established on May 20, 1942. The Order was the first Soviet award, appeared during the World War II. It was awarded to the privates and officers of the Red Army, the Navy and the partisan parties who have shown courage, fortitude and valor in the battles for the Soviet Motherland.
In 1985 in order to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Great Victory over fascism, the Order of the Patriotic War was revived as a memorial award for veterans.
Laurel branch is a symbol of troth to duty, valor and glory of the Soviet soldiers.
Fastening is on a safety pin. The method of painting is cold enamel.
The pin was made in the USSR in 1990 and was never reproduced.
The distinctive features of the rarity original pin are the manufacturer’s unique mark and stamped price on the back of the pin. In the Soviet Union due to the absence of the freewheeling economy, goods prices had been fixed for the whole country.
The text stamped on the back of the pin “Tz20K” means “Price 20 kopecks.” In modern Russia one could buy nothing for such a sum of money.
The pin is a valuable collector’s item.
The pin of the Order of the Patriotic War represents a picture of a convex five-pointed star, covered with a ruby red enamel at the background of golden rays diverging as polished five-pointed star, the ends of which are placed between the points of the red star. In the centre of the red star there is a golden image of the hammer and sickle placed on a ruby red circular plate with white enamel-lined band. The red star and white belt have golden rims. At the background of the golden rays there are the ends of a rifle and a sabre crossed behind the red star. The rifle’s butt bends right down, the sabre’s hilt is down to the left.
For 35 years the Order of the Patriotic War had been staying the only Soviet Order, transferred to the family of the awarded after his death, as the memory. The rest orders were to be returned to the government. Only in 1977 there spread the tradition to keep the rest of medals and orders in families.
After the war the Order of the Patriotic War was awarded to dozens of thousands of wounded soldiers, who for some reason did not receive awards for which they were presented during the battles against the German invaders.
In the 1950-1960 -s and later many foreign citizens were awarded with the Order of the Patriotic War.