"Medals of the Russian Empire, Part 4, 1825-1855", Mikhail Diakov, C 2006.In English and Russian, large format, 9" x 12.5"; hardcover, 163 pp.
Part 4 of the series of catalogues by Mikhail Diakov, a well recognized expert in the field. About 300 crosses, medals, table medals and tokens from the reign of Emperor Nicholas I are described and illustrated in this volume, some of them for the first time. Covers all die variations. Of particular interest are variations of the early St. George Cross (Badge of Distinction of the Military Order), never before comprehensively represented in a printed source. Truly revolutionary catalogue, outshining any previous publications on the subject.
The photos are accompanied by enormous amount of information about each specimen, including all known variations, group number and name, date, cross-references to well-known catalogues, names of the engravers, diameter, inscriptions, die-cutter's markings, close-ups of significant medal fragments, as well as other relevant characteristics. For easier search the author offers an alphabetical index of Russian and Latin legends.
A required book for the library of any serious medal collector!
Content mint. Binding is tight. Integral silk bookmark. The laminated cover appears shop worn with light scuffs and a few light scratches, otherwise in excellent condition.
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