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Investing in Soviet medals - weighing pro's & cons.

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    Hello there, would it be fair to say that Soviet medals and awards represent a sound investment opportunity in the current climate?
    I'm aware that this question is rather broad and there are many caveats attached to it.
    I'm mulling over, for example, a platinum coin from the Royal Mint on the one hand and maybe an Order of the Red Banner type 2 variation 2 and undertaking the research myself.
    One investment is safe and sound and comes in a box, my wifes choice, the other would be a marvelous project yet be a step into the relative unknown, my choice.
    Any thoughts you gentlemen have on this matter and would like to share with me would be most gratefully appreciated.
    Regards.
    Mike

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    "Ask your woman opinion and do on the contrary"

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    Hi Mike, speaking personally I would never buy militaria as an investment. OK, it is a nice thought to think that an item has risen in value, but my problem is I never sell anything and will die owning it all anyway. Things are only worth something in my eyes if you ever come to sell them. I buy purely for my own enjoyment and the history behind the object.

    Looking at your situation, I would go for the Order of the Red Banner. Reason being I am certain it will give you many months or indeed years of pleasure owning it and a big thrill doing the research. Finding out who won the award will be a really satisfying experience. What price can you put on that?

    The coin would leave me totally cold. No history and just a modern thing made for "investor collectors".

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Ahh, I should have pointed out that the money is hers...

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    Hi Mike, now that puts a different complexion on things

    Cheers, Ade.

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    I'm with you on everything there Ade, apart from the thought that I would be prepared to part from the investment. I would most likely only ever be a temporary custodian of any award or medal.
    The enjoyment of the research is a huge drawcard for me, the other coinage doesn't offer anything aside from safety.

    I watched the progress of the Sixbid auction recently and saw that most items realized more than their estimates. I found this encouraging.

    I've been driven at the moment by a pair of nearly identical Order of Glory medals on a well known site, one has researched provenance the other not, the difference is $1000.

    Food for thought eh?

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    I think, it's a good idea, but wait a bit, the market for militaria is too quite at the moment, and that is a good possibility to catch a nice item!
    Regards,
    Dimas

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    Hi Koba64


    I thought of this myself many times. Personally if you are buying for investment reasons I would go for orders of the Red Star and orders of the Great Patriotic War. They look great and are very collectable...


    Greetz

    Nick VR

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    Personally I like the Red Banner and Lenin orders, I remember the time when the first was at the price of 10 usd and lenin 80-100 USD. I prefer screwbacks orders but it's hard to get now, most awesome for me the orders from German veterans, due of full of history and 100% SEEN BATTLE PIECES.
    Regards,
    Dimas

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    Hi Dimas


    Quote by Dimas View Post
    most awesome for me the orders from German veterans, due of full of history and 100% SEEN BATTLE PIECES.
    I agree, this is one of the reasons I focus on German combat awards, most of them have seen the front...


    Greetz

    Nick VR

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