Patriotic War of 1812 Centennial Medal, private maker, circa 1912.
In brass ("light bronze"), 28.0 mm wide; weighs 10.1 g. Obverse shows bas-relief portrait of Emperor Alexander I in high tri-dimensional profile. The quotation on the reverse reads: "1812. This Glorious Year Went By, But the Feats Undertaken in It Will Never Pass. 1912".
In excellent condition. There are no significant scratches or dings. The sculptured details of the Emperor' portrait are beautifully defined and so is the lettering on the reverse. There is a single mild bump to the edge at approximately 8 o'clock, barely noticeable. Very attractive even toning to the brass, while some of the original fire gilt finish is clearly visible in the recessed areas on the reverse.
The medal was awarded in 1912 to all military and non- military participants and organizers of the official ceremonies and military parades marking the anniversary of the victory over Napoleon.
/See Dimitri Romanov, "The Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia", pp. 250-251/
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