Female Gymnasiums Prize Medal,table medal in Bronze.
Gymnasiums were private boarding schools for the daughters
the nobility, so deportment - both social and academic -
rather than athletic ability determined the awardees.
51.0 mm wide; weighs 56.1 grams.
P. Mescheryakov and V. Nikonov
Obverse shows portrait of Tsarina and her name "Sovereign
Empress Maria Alexandrovna".
Reverse has allegorical figure and inscription: "For Good
Behavior and Progress in Sciences'.
Good to Fine condition. Nice color with details that are
sharp, some spots of minor corrosion that do not adversely
affect the Empress' profile or the allegorical figure on
reverse, five or six edge knocks on the rim including one
one o'clock on the obverse and ones at three, seven and
o'clock on the obverse, none of which are slightly
/Mikhail Dyakov, "Medals of the Russian Empire, Part 5,
1855-1881", page 84, fig. 670.6/