Medal for Efforts in the Emancipation of the Serfs, 1861.
In silver, measures 34.6 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 28.0
mm in width, 2.6 mm thick at the edge; weighs 13.5 grams
without suspension. The obverse shows image of Emperor
Alexander II "the Liberator" and inscription "I Am Thankful,
19 February 1861".
In very fine to excellent condition. Details are
magnificently well preserved on both sides. There are
occasional dings and small scratches, mostly on the reverse.
The medal comes on a more recent suspension with a period
St. Alexander Nevsky ribbon which may be original to the
The silver medals were issued to members of the regional
noblemen committees for "placing" serfs as well as
secretaries of these committees. The medals were struck in
1861 at the St. Petersburg Mint. Only 650 silver medals were
ever made according to Dmitry Peters (some of these were
awarded repeatedly to the same person for wearing on
different uniforms). Extremely rare.
"The Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia",
pp. 180, 181/,
also Mikhail Diakov, "Medals of the Russian Empire, Part
5, 1855-1881", p. 118.