Jetton in Commemoration of the Centennial of the Egerskiy (Jaeger) Guards Regiment, 1896 issue.
In silver gilt and solid gold (the cypher and connecting link). An exceptionally attractive and intricately made piece despite its relatively miniature size. Measures 23.4 mm in height incl. eyelet (not counting the connecting link), 20.0 mm in width; weighs 9.1 g not including the connecting link and fob, 10.2 g overall. The enameled Iron Cross on the obverse is a separate part superimposed on the gilded octagon-shaped base. On the reverse, the gilded cypher consisting of intertwined monograms of Emperor Paul I (the founder of the unit) and Emperor Nicholas II (the reigning monarch) is likewise a separate part crowned by the imperial crown in solid gold. On the bottom are engraved dates "1796 - 1896" and acronym "Л.Г.Е.П." ("LGEP") for Лейб-Гвардии Егерский Полк, i.e. "Life Guards Jaeger Regiment). Comes with original eyelet in solid gold showing a pre-1900 hallmark of the St. Petersburg assay inspection and a poorly struck, illegible maker's mark. The fob chain appears to be in base metal and is probably not original to the jetton.
The jetton is in excellent condition. The minor imperfections of the black enamel are a manufacturing flaw, not a result of wear. All of the integral parts are soundly attached. The raised points of the crown show wear, but most of its details are nevertheless intact. The gilt finish on the cypher is clearly visible, especially on its top portion and sides. Traces of the original gilt also remain on the octagon base.
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