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    Sale 7734

    Russian Art

    9 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    A gold medal for Zeal, period of Nicholas I

    CIRCA 1825

    Price Realised  

    A gold medal for Zeal, period of Nicholas I
    circa 1825
    Circular, one side struck with a profile of Nicholas I, with Russian inscription which reads: 'By the Grace of God Nicholas I Emperor and Autocrat of All Russias', the reverse with the Russian inscription 'For Zeal' encircled by lines, marked with Cyrillic initials of the engraver V. Alekseev under the neck of the Emperor
    2 in. (5 cm.) diameter


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    The Medal for Zeal was first instituted in December 1801 during the reign of Tsar Alexander I. After the death of Alexander I, the medal was reissued in 1825, on 27 January 1841 and on 8 January 1848 decorated with the image of the new Sovereign, Tsar Nicholas I. The medal was primarily awarded to citizens who had shown exceptional zeal in trade, production and social fields in peacetime as well as in wartime.

    For a similar medal see:
    D. I. Peters, Awards and medals of Russia, 19th- beginning of the 20th centuries, Moscow, 1989, p. 139, illustrated.

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