Nicholas II Coronation Medal, 1896.
In silver, measures 32.6 mm in height incl. eyelet, 27.8 mm
in width. Obverse shows portrait of the Emperor, with the
inscription "Nicholas II, By the Grace of God, Emperor and
Autocrat of All Russia". Reverse bears inscription "Crowned
in Moscow on 14 May 1896".
In fine to very fine condition. There are some light
the obverse as well as moderate, even wear to its high
points, but most details of the bas-relief portrait are
still well-defined. The lettering is practically prefect,
and the edge is completely free of bumps or significant
dings. The reverse is nearly pristine, with extremely well
preserved details of the crown and inscription. Attractive
toning to silver throughout.
The medal comes on original ribbon of the Order of St.
Andrew in moiré silk, folded into traditional pentagon
measuring about 15 cm in overall length (if it were
unfolded.) The ribbon is in excellent condition, showing
only very minimal wear, no stains, fraying or fading. The
eyelet of the medal is attached directly to the ribbon with
thread that appears to be of the period; the same kind of
thread holds together the folds of the ribbon and secures
/See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of
Imperial Russia", pp. 226, 227/
, also Mikhail Diakov, "Medals of the Russian Empire,
Part 7, 1894-1917", p. 100/.