Order of Lenin, Type VI (Variation I)


SKU: 01.SRU.0107.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$1800 USD

  • Order of Lenin Gold Medal (Variation I) Obverse
  • Order of Lenin Gold Medal (Variation I) Obverse
  • Order of Lenin Gold Medal (Variation I) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$1800 USD


  • Country
  • Makers
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Obv: Ленин
  • Size
  • Version Remarks
    The award has 23ct. gold. This example was sold by eMedals for $2,400 in 2016.

Physical Description and Item Details

The Order of Lenin

The Order of Lenin - Type 6, Variation 1, GOLD, numbered "236349" with Monteny Dvor mint mark on the reverse, 33.2 grams without suspension, 38 mm x 44.2mm (Including fixed suspension ring), five-sided ribbon suspension, near extremely fine.


This was the highest award of the USSR, and was established on April 6, 1930. It is was conferred for exceptional achievements in revolutionary efforts, labour activities, defence of the homeland, establishing friendship and cooperation, fostering peace, and other outstanding activities completed for the Soviet government.

This Order can be conferred upon individual citizens, institutions, establishments, unions, military units, ships, federal republics, oblasts and okrugs,(administrative divisions), and different population centres (towns, cities, regions). Foreign institutions, individuals, and establishments may also be awarded the Order of Lenin.

Prior to the beginning of the Second World War, the Order of Lenin was awarded approximately 7,000 times. During the war, approximately 41,000 were awarded. For a Partisan Commander to earn an Order of Lenin during the war, he had to perform one of the following tasks; destroy a large railroad center; demolish a railroad station; capture at least 10 railroad trains; liberate at least 5,000 men from a POW camp; destroy 10 railroad trains with military equipment; capture an enemy supply point; capture at least 500 horses belonging to the German Fascist Army; destroy 10 enemy tanks; capture 1,000 rifles or 150 machine guns or 20 heavy mortars. However, in the second half of the war they were awarded for lesser achievements as well. From June 4, 1944 until September 14, 1957, the Order of Lenin was awarded for 25 years of service, and starting in the 1950s, it could be awarded for long service in civilian careers as well.

In total, there were over 460,000 Orders of Lenin awarded prior to the break up of the USSR. There are six types of the Order of Lenin, which differ in either design, composition, size or the method/stye of wear.

Type VI or "Oval, Five Sided- Suspension" Lenin was awarded from the early 1950 until the break up of the USSR in 1991. These decorations are slightly longer than Type V and more oval in shape. This Type has two Variations.

Variation I was manufactured by the Leningrad Mint and is therefore marked Leningradskii Monetny Dvor on the reverse. This variation features serial numbers from 186,898 to 381,461. Somewhere between the serial numbers 360,000 to 379,000 the method changed from stamping the number to being engraved with a rotating tool.

Variation II has a raised Monetny Dvor mark on the reverse and was produced at the Mosco Mint. This variation features serial numbers that range from 391,120 to 460,051.

The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Lenin."


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