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    Medal for Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, in light bronze.

    Medal for Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, in light bronze.

    Made in brass ("light bronze"), measures 26.3 mm in width; weighs 10.6 g without suspension and connecting link. The obverse shows Eastern Orthodox cross standing upon a Muslim crescent. Inscription to the reverse reads, "Not Unto Us, Not Unto Us, But in Thy Name".

    In outstanding, excellent condition. There are only a few very tiny contact marks on the obverse that are barely noticeable, no significant dings, edge knocks or any other wear visible to the naked eye. The raised details of the artwork and inscription are perfect and crisp on both sides. The obverse shows very attractive dark patina to the brass, whereas some of the original "gilt" finish (a result of the strike of the heavy press at the mint) still visible in recessed areas. The reverse is essentially pristine, with lighter patina (obviously due to less exposure to air over the decades) and much larger amount of mint luster clearly visible along the edge.

    The medal comes on original ribbon folded into a traditional five-sided shape with its ends stitched together by thread, as worn by the original recipient. The smaller connecting link attaching the eyelet of the medal is probably a replacement, but the large ring at the bottom of the ribbon is believed to be original, of the period. The ribbon is exceptionally well-preserved and clean, and shows only minor fading on the obverse which adds a lot of character. Overall, a beautiful original example of the combatant's medal.

    The light bronze medal was awarded to all army and navy ranks who directly participated in any battles in Bulgaria or on Caucasian front, or in naval engagements in the Black Sea.

    /See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia", pp. 196, 197


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