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 Order for service to the motherland 3rd degree

This is Order was established by Presidential decree no. 43 on 16 February 1996. The first degree have the centre in white enamel with gold colour plating of the background and lettering. The 2nd degree also has gold colour plating with the centre in green enamel, while the 3rd degree has no enamel in the centre and is silver coloured.
Quite a rare find, with serial number 053 but no documents (owner probably draws some benefits on them). Comes complete with presentation box and is one of the few Transdniestrian awards I have seen that is of high quality and some artistic appeal (made in the Moscow Monetnij Dvor). The statelet of Transdniestria continues to be headed by Igor Nikolajevich Smirnov, "President" of the self-proclaimed republic - a tiny separatist territory with all the trappings of a State including award ceremonies but not recognised even by Russia. I am trying to find out how many people received this order and for what. Source: State Awards of the Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic, Tiraspol 2004 (in Russian), pp.22-23.

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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