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Médailles sur les principaux événemens de l'empire de Russie depuis le règne de Pierre Le Grand jusqu'à celui de Catherine II. Avec des explications historiques [Medals on the principal events of the Russian Empire from the reign of Peter the Great to that of Catherine II. With historical explanations].
Sommer, Potsdam, 1772. SERGE LIFAR’S FINE EXAMPLE, WITH VERY WIDE MARGINS, OF THE UNCOMMON FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK ON RUSSIAN MEDALS. This Russian chronicle depicts more than 100 medals issued during the first century of "modern Russia", that is from the birth of Peter the Great in 1672 up to 1770. Such medals were traditionally minted to mark an event of historic significance, such as a military victory, the coronation of a new Tsar/Tsarina, the establishment of a cultural institution etc. Ricaud chose here to reproduce in engraving both sides of each medal, accompanied by the corresponding Imperial decree in French, mentioning however, the Russian words meant to be engraved on the medal. We find celebrated all great events of 18th-century Russia, such as the accessions to the throne of Peter the Great, Catherine I, Anna Ioannovna, Elisabeth I and Catherine II, the establishment of the Black sea and Baltic sea navies, victories of the Russian army during the Great Northern War, as well as wars with Sweden and Turkey, the opening of the Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, and others. Commemorative medals in Russia appeared at the time of Peter I: in pre-Petrian Russia, mintage was restricted to the production of rather primitive coins. Only under Peter I did Russian coins acquire a more elegant, round shape, and the production of commemorative medals was established. Then, Medal Committees were created at the edict of Catherine II in 1772 (Milasheva 2012). Their activities resulted in a manuscript album of medal designs dedicated to the major historical dee … [Click Below for Full Description]
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