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    Red Cross Commune of St.

    Red Cross Commune of St. Elisabeth, donation jetton in gold, 1901 issue.

    Gold, enamels, three-piece construction (the enameled red cross emblem and cypher are separate superimposed parts). Measures 43.3 mm in height, 25.1 mm in width. Shows enameled Red Cross emblem with gold inscription "Commune of St. Elisabeth". Superimposed on the top is the monogram of Grand Duchess Elisaveta Fyodorovna. This piece is of exquisite quality.

    The reverse is engraved "To Monk Pavel Korotkov, 1901". On the reverse near the bottom are Latin maker mark "NP" (Nichols & Plinke) and gold Kokoshnik hallmark "84" with Cyrillic initials ЯЛ ("YaL") of St. Petersburg assay inspector Yakov Lyapunov (1899-1903). The pin has a poorly struck NP maker mark and St. Petersburg assay mark of the early type used until circa 1899 (with crossed anchors and scepter).

    In very fine condition. The enamel appears perfect to the unaided eye, although a careful examination reveals tiny chips and fractures to the white enamel under the cypher that neither threaten overall integrity of the enamel, nor affect the general impression created by this beautiful jetton. There are also a few tiny flakes along the edges of the white diamond and red cross, also not detractive. The enamel fully retains magnificent luster and translucency everywhere. The gold parts are free of noticeable wear; the details of the letter and crown are perfect and crisp. The pin attachment is intact and functional.

    The St. Elisabeth Commune of Medical Nurses operated as part of the Russian Red Cross under the auspices of Grand Duchess Elisaveta. Unlike the relatively common silver jettons issued by this commune for a single 10-ruble donation, the gold ones were awarded for no less than 12 separate donations of at least 10 rubles each. The gold version could be awarded to a person only once and is extremely rare. /The gold jetton is described - albeit without a picture - in the otherwise very comprehensive "Russian Medical Breast Badges" by E. Gribanov, C. 1989, page 26/. 1


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