German Decoration for Bravery and Merit of the Eastern People First Class in Gold-These were awarded in two different classes (First and Second) at three different levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold) for both bravery (with Swords) and service (without Swords) to Russian volunteers fighting under German leadership. This example is gold, first class, without swords. It retains 70% of the gilt finish, with minor wear only. The pin functions properly. A good example!