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    Priest's Cross in Commemoration of the Patriotic War of 1812, 1818-1829 issue.

    Priest's Cross in Commemoration of the Patriotic War of 1812, 1818-1829 issue.

    In dark bronze (coper); measures 79.1 mm tall including the eyelet, 76.6 mm wide. The obverse shows the All-Seeing Eye and inscription "The Year of 1812". The reverse has a biblical quote "Not unto Us, Not unto Us, but in Thy Name". This version of the cross features a standard teardrop eyelet of slightly smaller size than most others. Note that the sides of the eyelet are slightly offset toward the center of the top edge of the cross, as opposed to being flash with the obverse and reverse of the cross.

    In outstanding, excellent condition. There are only relatively few minor dings to the arms, while the details of the center medallion are exceptionally well preserved and crisp. The cross is completely free of the usual nicks, bumps and wear to the edges. It is covered in protective coat of lacquer added by a previous owner as was customary. This clear coat preserved the details beautifully without obscuring the dark mahogany patina to the copper. It would be easy to remove with a solvent if desired, but we prefer to keep the cross the way it is and leave it up to the new owner.

    The cross comes on immaculately preserved St. Vladimir of original pre-revolutionary vintage, approx. 14 mm in length. The copper connecting links are old although probably not original to the cross.

    The War of 1812 Commemorative Cross was established in 1814, initially exclusively for Eastern Orthodox priests ordained prior to January 1813. Two years later, the eligibility for the award was expanded to include Protestant clergy. The actual issues started in 1818 and continued until mid-1829. Some 40000 crosses in total were struck at the State Mint.

    /Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia", pp. 128, 129; Dyakov "Medals of the Russian Empire, Part 3, 1796-1825", p. 118 fig. 357/


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