A fine original 5th type Soviet Order of the Red Banner here. This type was used between 1951-1991, but based on the serial number this award dates to 1954. A beautiful and relatively early post-war example of a rare Soviet order. Though the ribbon shows some signs of age, it is a possible replacement. Suspension ring is soldered and has not been cut. Some minor enamel wear is present and visible in photos, very good condition overall.
The Order Of The Red Banner was established on 16 September 1918, during the Russian Civil War by decree of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee. It was the highest award of Soviet Russia, subsequently the Soviet Union, until the Order of Lenin was established in 1930. Recipients were recognised for extraordinary heroism, dedication, and courage demonstrated on the battlefield. The Order was awarded to individuals as well as to military units, cities, ships, political and social organizations, and state enterprises. In later years, it was also awarded on the twentieth and again on the thirtieth anniversary of military, police, or state security service without requiring participation in combat (the "Long Service Award" variant).