Patriotic War of 1812 Centennial Medal, private maker, circa
In brass ("light bronze"), 28.0 mm wide; weighs 10.1 g.
Obverse shows bas-relief portrait of Emperor Alexander I in
high tri-dimensional profile. The quotation on the reverse
reads: "1812. This Glorious Year Went By, But the Feats
Undertaken in It Will Never Pass. 1912".
In excellent condition. There are no significant scratches
or dings. The sculptured details of the Emperor' portrait
are beautifully defined and so is the lettering on the
reverse. There is a single mild bump to the edge at
approximately 8 o'clock, barely noticeable. Very attractive
even toning to the brass, while some of the original fire
gilt finish is clearly visible in the recessed areas on the
The medal was awarded in 1912 to all military and non-
military participants and organizers of the official
ceremonies and military parades marking the anniversary of
the victory over Napoleon.
/See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of
Imperial Russia", pp. 250-251/