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My little collection of finnish liberty crosses

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Hi!

Here is my little collection of finnish liberty crosses (Vapaudenristi).

1918 crosses.

I still miss VR1 with swords, VR2 without swords, VR3 with red cross and VM1 with red cross.

 

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1939 crosses.

Still miss both VR1 with and without swords, VR2 without swords.

The VM1 medal with red cross is awarded in 34 pieces!

 

 

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1941 crosses

I still need both VR1 with and without swords.

As you can see I have the crosses with both homefront ribbon and war-ribbons.

 

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Crosses without year on reverse. Awarded after WW2.

There are alot of these I miss in my Collection.
VR1 with and without swords
VR2 with swords and rosette
VR3 with red cross (awarded 6 times)
VR4 with swords and rosette
VR4 without swords
And variants of the medals.

The breast star is awarded in only 7 pieces!

 

 

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Could you please post more detailed pictures..? (obverse/reverse)
- VM 2 with Red Cross 1918
- VM 1 with Red Cross 1939 :love:
- Breast Star

- Vili

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Absolutely!

The VM2 with red cross 1918 is awarded in 623 pieces but really hard to find.

Bad pics but if you want I can take better ones tomorrow.

 

 

VM2 PR 1918 Front.JPG

VM2 PR 1918 Back.JPG

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VM1 1939 with red cross is awarded in 34 pieces.

VM1 PR 1939 Front.JPG

VM1 PR 1939 Back.JPG

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The 1 class breast star is only awarded 7 times after ww2. Extremely rare and as far as I know. Not a single piece have been for public sale ever.

 

 

Breast star 1956 Front.JPG

Breast star 1956 Back.JPG

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9 hours ago, JohanH said:

Bad pics but if you want I can take better ones tomorrow.

Could you also post a picture of VM 1 without date (''URHEUDESTA'')
Almost impossible to obtain as well... ;)

 

- V

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Sure!

VM 1 without year is awarded in 579 examples.

It has taken me some years to get this collection...

VM1 - Type 1

 

VM1 Front Typ1.JPG

VM1 Back Typ 1.JPG

And VM1 - Type 2

This particular medal was awarded for service in Afghanistan.

VM1 Front Typ 2.JPG

VM1 Back Typ 2.JPG

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Posted (edited)

Here is a very early and rare 1941 VR3 with oakleaves and swords. Made in 1939 style with raised numbers.

 

VR3 TL 1941 Front.JPG

VR3 TL 1941 Detail.JPG

Edited by JohanH

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Fantastic collection Johan :jumping:

Its nice to see a super  collection of Finnish Awards 

Compare to collecting German 1939-45 Orders it is dirt cheap to collect Finnsh rare awards . an Knight Cross for example awarded more then 7000 times and manafactured in ?  numbers 10 000??  cost probably 10-15 000 $  

I suppose the only Finnish awards coming close to that price would be the super rare pieces 

like Grand Cross of Liberty cross 1918 , Grand Cross of LIberty Cross w/o Swords 1918 or

1 st Class Liberty Cross with Breast Star 1918 w/swords and 1 st Class Liberty Cross with Breast star w/o swords 1918

And then we are talking about 1-10 issued awards :o

For example the rare 1918 3rd class Liberty Cross 1918 with Red Cross , awarded 22 !!

times was sold 2016 for1400 Euro wich is about the same in $  ..... That would maybe get you a empty Knight Cross box :)

 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

Hi Christer!

Yes. The finnish medals are really cheap compared to german awards. But on the other hand alot more difficult to find since the few numbers awarded.

I have been offered to buy a 1918 grandcross with breaststar with swords. But it was really expensive. You could buy several knights crosses for the same money.

The VR3 red cross you are talking about, is it the one that got sold at Künker in Germany? If it is that one, I was one of the bidders. I had just started to collect finnish medals at that time and wasn´t sure about the prices.

 

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Nice medalbar Joanvara!

Do you have the name of the person who received them?

That red cross medal is awarded in 861 pieces, but I don´t know how many with red/white compared to yellow/red ribbon.

Edited by JohanH

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What a beautiful and focused collection.  I love the mounted bar.

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I'm sorry, but I do not know , I bought it many years ago,I am collecting only red cross this is my Finland collection

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Nice collection!

 

Is that a VM2 1939 miniature? They are kind of rare.

The liberty medals with red cross 1939 was only awarded VM1 in 34 pieces and VM2 in 241 pieces.
But for some reason the VM1 miniature seem to be alot more common than VM2.

I might have an extra VM2 1941 with document if you are interested? PM if you are.

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Yes the miniature is 1939

Could You send a foto my email is jovanmara@gmail.com

 

Best regards

Jovan

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Without swords is non-combatant (Merit) or civilian?

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Liberty crosses without swords and with blue enamel is civilian crosses. 

Crosses with red cross is always awarded without swords. There are two exceptions that I know of. One VR2 1939 and one VR3 or VR4 (I don’t remember) without year that was awarded recently by mistake. It was supposed to be without swords but they didnt correct it for some reason. 

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Beautiful collection Johan, it is nice to see so many Liberty Crosses on display! :) 

I am curious as to who manufactured your Grand Cross. Thanks! 

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Thank you stormrider! 

I have only collected the last there years or so. But I am fortunate enough to have good connections. 

 

I have no Idea who manufactured the grand crosses. If its german made or by A Tillander. 

 

The earliest Liberty crosses are made in german i think. 

The grand cross is not in my collection. They are way to expensive for me. I only have the medalj in the pictures. And some duplicates for trade/sale. 

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Hehe, thank you Hans!

It´s getting more and more difficult (and more and more expensive) to get the ones I need to complete my collection...

 

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Here is a really rare widow-cross from 1939 but made as a 1941 cross with engraved year.
I have never before seen this variation.

 

Sorgekors_Variant.JPG

Sorgekors_Variant_Detalj.JPG

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