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    Medal in Memory of the Patriotic War of 1812, circa late 1810s through 1830s.

    Medal in Memory of the Patriotic War of 1812, circa late 1810s through 1830s.

    In bronze, 23.8 mm diameter, 1.9 mm thick. Private maker. This smaller version was intended, at least initially, as an award to female elders of noble families; however an edict of Alexander I also allowed smaller versions to be worn by any noblemen. Additional to private issues, a small quantity of medals in 24 mm size were manufactured at the St. Petersburg mint. The 24 mm version is more rare than the "Cavalier's" versions that usually range in 20 to 21 mm and were all privately commissioned.

    Outstanding, excellent condition. The details of the rays, the all-seeing eye and inscription are magnificently well preserved. Some of the original black lacquer is still clearly visible on the background. Comes with old St. Vladimir ribbon folded in a bow and held together by a strip of clear tape for collector's display.

    The Medal in Memory of the Patriotic War of 1812 was established in February 1813, following the monumental Russian victory over Napoleon. The dark bronze medal was introduced a year later for civilian noblemen and merchants who had either actively participated in the war or contributed to the war effort. In 1816, an Imperial decree authorized manufacture of the 24 mm version for female recipients and allowed noblemen to wear smaller versions at their discretion.

    /See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia", pp. 126-127, also Mikhail Diakov, "Medals of the Russian Empire, Part 3, 1796-1825", p. 119/.


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