The Order of the Victory was the USSR superior military order. It was established on November 8, 1943, and given to the higher commanders of the Red Army for the successful conduct of military operations across multiple fronts.
Soldier equivalent for this order was the Order of Glory.
The 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 Order of the Victory is a convex ruby five-pointed star banded with diamonds. Between the ends of the star there are divergent rays spangled with diamonds. The centre of the star is a circle, covered with blue enamel, surrounded by a laurel and oak wreath. In the center of the circle there is a golden image of the Kremlin wall with the Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Spasskaya Tower. Above the image there is an inscription in white enamel letters “USSR”.
The modern system of awards in the Russian does not involve the Order of the Victory. Though the rules of wearing the Order are still formally preserved in a number of the existing regulations in Russia. The preservation of these regulations is rather a tribute to the tradition and may not be indicative of the possibility of awarding the Order to anyone in the future.
The Order of the Victory is the second rarity order of the USSR. The rarest one in the Armed Forces is the Order for Service to the Motherland, which was awarded to 13 people only. The Order of Victory was awarded to 17 persons.