Medal for the War of 1853-1856 (Crimean War), light bronze
version for combatants.
In brass ("light bronze"); measures 28.0 mm wide, weighs
10.4 grams without
ribbon and connecting link. Obverse shows monograms of the
two emperors, Nicholas I and Alexander II.
In very fine to excellent condition, one of the better
examples we have handled in recent years. There is only
wear to the high points of the monograms and crowns; the
raised details are still very well preserved. Both sides
have a few light scratches but no pitting or significant
dings. The edge is perfect, without any of the usual bumps
and knocks. The brass exhibit uniform and attractive toning
throughout, free of blemishes or oxidation spot. The medal
comes on a Soviet era suspension with new St. George
Est. 1856, this medal was officially known in Russia as the
Medal for the Eastern War. The light bronze medal was
awarded to all military ranks who had taken part in combat
on all theaters of the war.
/See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of
Imperial Russia", pp. 174-175/; also Mikhail Diakov,
"Medals of the Russian Empire, Part 5, 1855-1881",