Medal for the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, in dark bronze.
In copper ("dark bronze"), 26.4 mm wide. The obverse shows
Eastern Orthodox cross standing upon a Muslim crescent.
Inscription to the reverse reads, "Not Unto Us, Not Unto
But in Thy Name".
In very fine to excellent condition. There are a couple of
light scuffs - the most visible one is immediately above
cross - but overall the details are extremely well
and crisp. There is attractive, even dark patina to the
bronze. The medal comes on a Soviet era suspension in steel
with new St. George / St. Andrew ribbon.
The dark bronze medal was awarded to all participants of
war who had not taken direct part in combat. Interestingly,
there were far fewer of the dark bronze issues (335424)
of the light bronze for combatants (635921).
The Russo-Turkish war was marked by some heroic battles
as siege of Plevna by Russian and allied Romanian forces
joint Bulgarian and Russian defense of the Shipka mountain
pass. Despite the frequent inadequacy of the Russian high
command and fierce resistance on the side of the Turks, the
war ended in resounding victory for the Russians. By
1878, nearly all of Bulgaria had been liberated from the
centuries of Ottoman yoke and the Russian juggernaut was
rolling unstoppable toward Constantinople. If not for the
intervention of the western powers concerned with growing
Russian influence and Russia's reluctantly signing the St.
Stefano peace treaty, any Turkish presence in Europe might
have ended there and then.
/See Mikhail Diakov,
"Medals of the Russian Empire, Part 5, 1855-1881",