Alexander III Coronation Medal, 1883.
In copper ("dark bronze"), 29.4 mm wide, weighs 14.6 g
without suspension. Obverse shows portrait of the Emperor,
with the inscription "Alexander III, By the Grace of God,
Emperor and Autocrat of All Russia". Cyrillic initials of
the die maker ЛШ ("L.Sh." for Leopold Shteinman) in raised
letters to the undercut of the shoulder. Reverse shows
inscription "Crowned in Moscow on 15 May 1883".
In very fine condition. There is light to moderate wear to
the high points of the bas-relief, but most details of the
Emperor's portrait are still nicely preserved. The lettering
is perfectly crisp on both sides, and so is the imperial
crown on the reverse. There is a singly small ding to the
raised edge on the obverse at approximately 4 o'clock, but
the medal is completely free of bumps or significant nicks.
The copper has acquired very attractive uniform tone, while
some of the original mint luster is clearly visible in
recessed areas around the portrait and lettering. Comes with
new St Alexander Nevsky ribbon mounted on Soviet era
suspension device in brass.
/Diakov "Medals of the Russian Empire", Part 6, Page
66, Fig. 932.2/