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