Medal for Efforts in the First General Census of the
In copper ("dark bronze"); measures 34.6 mm in height incl.
eyelet, 29.2 mm in width. Weighs 14.9 g not including the
suspension and connecting link.
In outstanding, excellent condition - a truly superb
example. The details are exceptionally crisp, essentially
pristine on both sides. The medal is completely free of
visible scratches, dings or edge knocks. A good amount of
the original mint luster is clearly visible in recessed
areas around the lettering on the obverse. Comes with a new
ribbon mounted on a Soviet era suspension device. The copper
connecting link appears to be of the period and may be
original to the medal.
The census conducted in 1897 took years of preparation. It
required enormous efforts and expenditure, due to both sheer
size of the country and its lack of modern communications.
The medals were awarded mostly to civilian volunteers who
contributed in the count. St. Petersburg mint produced a
total of 95000 medals.
/See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of
Imperial Russia", pp. 232-233/, also Mikhail Diakov,
"Medals of the Russian Empire, Part 7, 1894-1917",