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Title St George medal, 4th class
Nationality Russian
Period c 1914
Price £140.00

This is the lowest grade of this prestigious order, Russia's principle gallantry award from the time of the Napoleonic Wars until the 1917 revolution. It shows the image of Nicholas II on the face and on the reverse 'For gallantry' is inscribed in Cyrillic, together with the class of the medal below the serial number.

The Medal for Bravery was instituted on August 3 1878 and came in four classes. When first instituted was given to NCOs and ORs for outstanding merit on the border (ie principally fighting people like Shamil in the Caucasus and possibly the Turks further west). In 1913, this was renamed the St George medal. The serial number is 309723, proof positive that this is a WW1 issue piece.

The condition of the medal is excellent. However, the short silver paperclip-type suspension is missing and the ribbon may be an accurate modern replacement in mercerised cotton.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Militaria : Medals : Russian : 20th Century]

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I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

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J N, UK, 10.02.2007

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