Imperial Russia Medal Alexander I "For Love for the Fatherland" 1812 A81

Imperial Russia Medal Alexander I "For Love for the Fatherland" 1812 A81

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Imperial Russia Medal Alexander I "For Love for the Fatherland"  1812 A81


Weight: 13.5 g

Diameter: 29 mm

History and awarding of the medal

Established on February 9, 1813 by the decision of the Emperor of Russia Alexander I with the aim of rewarding the peasants of the Moscow province who participated in the partisan movement during the Patriotic War of 1812 . The award was formalized as a one-time "most merciful highest award" to a group of named peasants. On the proposal of the Moscow mayor F. V. Rostopchin , 27 peasants from Bronnitsky , Vereisky , Volokolamsky , Zvenigorod and Mozhaisk districts were presented for the awardMoscow province. The presentation was made on May 25, 1813 in Moscow personally by F. V. Rostopchin. Since two peasants did not live to see the award ceremony, 25 medals were actually awarded, the remaining two were sent to the Mint for remelting.

Description of the medal

Medal of the Zemsky army
On the obverse of the medal (front side) there is a bust, right-facing profile image of Alexander I and an arc inscription: “Alexander I Imp. Vseross.», on the edge of the neck of the portrait, the signature of the chief medalist of the St. Petersburg Mint K. Leberecht is given in Latin script. On the reverse (back side) - inside an oak wreath intertwined with ribbons above and below, there is an inscription in five lines: "For the love of the Fatherland 1812". The medal was made of silver, diameter - 28 mm; on top of the medal is an eyelet for wearing. This medal was intended to be worn on the chest on the Vladimir moire ribbon.
Due to the fact that the awarding took place only once and only 25 people were awarded, the medal "For Love for the Fatherland" is extremely rare. Only the State Historical Museum in Moscow and the State Hermitage Museum have it in the originals (there are three medals in the State Hermitage Museum, but two of them are minted without an eyelet, and therefore are either proof prints or, more likely, copies made at the Mint authentic stamps, but at a later time on the orders of collectors).

A fantastic part of military history not to be missed at this low listing price. It would be extremely hard to find a much better example than these medals, medals weight a bit.

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