Russian military rewards at a Moscow «Coins and Medals» auction

Medal «For Capture of Shlisselburg. October 12, 1702». Obverse. Silver. 33,77 g. Diameter 53 mm. Starting price $80,000. Sold for $125,000. «Military rewards of Russia». «Coins and medals», Moscow. December 3

A Moscow numismatic company «Coins and Medals» conducted an auction titled «Military rewards of Russia» on December 3. The sales featured 195 lots: important Russian orders, medals, military signs and badges.

Predictably, the top-lot of the sales was an extremely rare silver medal «For Capture of Shlisselburg. October 12, 1702». The final price for the medal reached stunning $125,000, while the starting price was «only» $80,000. That important medal was presented to volunteers from the Russian corpse under the command of General Sheremetev during the storm of the Swedish fortress Noteburg at the rise of the Neva River.

Medal «For Capture of Shlisselburg. October 12, 1702». Reverse

A fierce bidding occurred for a 1766 golden medal «To Delegates of the New Code Drafting Committee». Similar medals were distributed among members of the Committee on August 9, 1766. Only 569 badges of that kind were minted in 1766; the majority of them were later returned to the state treasury. At that time the medal cost 67 rubles and 89 kopecks. Now it was sold for $90,000 (starting price $60,000).

The final price for a silver medal in honour of the Gangut naval battle (July 27, 1714) exceeded the starting one more than two times. The unique lot fetched $46,000. Among other sought-after items on sale was a rare silver good conduct badge with a monogram of Emperor Paul I. With a starting price $15,000 the badge realized $38,000.

80% of presented lots were sold. According to the auction’s organizers, there is a stable rise of prices on old and rare Russian rewards at the modern art and antiques market. Nowadays, military attributes are getting more popular among collectors.

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