Afghanistan, Order of Glory, 1982-1992.
Silver-plated brass, enamels; measures 51.0 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 46.1 mm in width. Nice quality, typical of the awards made for the Afghan communist regime by the Soviet Mint. The obverse shows open book with a hammer and sickle reminiscent of the Soviet state emblem. Pashto inscription on the reverse can be translated as "Glory" or "Pride".
In very fine to excellent condition. The enamel appears perfect at first glance, although careful examination reveals a few tiny flakes to the blue enamel along the edge of the medallion and near the green wreath. The gilt finish on the central emblem is clearly visible having only minor amount of tarnish. The silver plating is very well-preserved on both sides and the details of the starburst are pristine. Includes scarce original ribbon.
The order was established in 1982 as a decoration for significant contribution to economic and cultural development of Afghanistan. This decoration was mostly bestowed upon Afghan political leaders and industrial managers, although some are also known to have been awarded to foreigners. It is interesting to note that it is sometimes found in groups of awards to Soviet KGB operatives who served in Afghanistan. In the official hierarchy of DRA decorations, it is ranked below the Order of Friendship of Nations and above the Order for Bravery.