«Coins and Medals»: Successful Start of the Season

Medal on conclusion of the Nishtadt peace treaty between Russia and Sweden on August 30, 1721. Kadashev mint. 1720. Silver, gilding. 33,43 g. Diameter 4,03 cm. Estimate $15,000–20,000. Sold for $20,000.

On June 3, a Moscow-based numismatic company «Coins and Medals» held its first summer auction titled «Awards of Russia». The sales featured 200 unique pieces dating from 1721 to 1940s–1950s: Russian orders, medals, badges and accessories. 90% of lots were sold at auction.

Organizers of the event anchored their hopes upon a silver gilded medal, commemorating conclusion of the Nishtadt peace treaty between Russian and Sweden on August 30, 1721. The verso of the medal represents a ship. Expected to fetch from $15,000 to $20,000, the lot was sold at the upper estimate. A rare and unique badge of the Mogilev infantry regiment produced by a firm «Edward» became the star of the sales. The hammer price of the lot reached $26,000 (starting price $20,000).

Among the highlights of the auction was an exceptional silver medal «For Heroic Deed of “Varyag” and “Koreets”» on January 27, 1904 at Tchemulpo (estimate $12,000–15,000). The medal was created after the design by a prominent sculptor A. Vasiutinsky. On June 9, 1904, the Grand Duke Georgiy ordered the St. Petersburg Imperial Mint to produce 697 similar medals. On July 5, the minted medals were passed to Navy Headquarters and then to awardees (that medals were awarded to members of the crew of the legendary ships who had taken part in the battle with the Japanese flotilla during the Russian-Japanese war). The lot fetched $18,500.

Pocket watch. Geneva, Switzerland. 1850–1860. «Lepine» Company, No 57932. Silver, copper, gilding. Diameter 4,95 cm. Estimate $8,000–9,000. Sold for $15,300.

A silver badge of the Order of St. George meant for awardees of non-Christian confessions made $12,000. A rare badge of the Semenovsky Life-Guard regiment dating between 1908 and 1917 was purchased for impressive $24,000 (starting price $15,000). A gold cross of the Order of St. George brought $14,000, two times exceeding the starting price.

A pocket watch with a portrait of the Emperor Alexander II in the uniform of the Life-Guard Hussar regiment was put up for sale with a starting price $8,300. The watch was manufactured in Switzerland circa 1850–1860 by Lepine Company. The lot fetched $15,300.

The next auction from the series «Awards of Russia» will take place on December 2, 2006.

Specialized numismatic firm Coins and Medals


Moscow, Strastnoi blvd, 4/3, building 3, office 45

Tel.: +7 (495) 792 6900, 200 5469, 209 3602

E-mail: press@numismat.ru

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