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Medal of the coronation of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna 1896, bronze, 64 mm, Vasyutinsky

Opening of Monument to Catherine II in Saint Petersburg 1873 – Bronze: 35mm; Diakov Catalog #801.3, Unknown Engraver. Obverse shows profile of Catherine the Great with inscription: „In Memory of Inauguration of Monument to Empress Catherine II 1762-1796”. Reverse shows profile of Alexander II with the inscription „By the Grace of God Alexander II Emperor and Autocrat of All Russia 24 November 1873”. Good condition. No edge knocks,  nice over all dark patina but the slight wear on a few high points on both busts could indicate that the medal was polished by the original 19th century owner. This medal was distributed at the unveiling of the large and beautiful statue on the Nevsky Prospekt that commemorates not only Catherine but also the famous men and women of her era. It was then (and still is) the only statue of her in the entire city of St. Petersburg.

For outstanding work in the Ministry of Finance

Bessarabia – Alexander II