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eMedals-Russian Imperial. A Saint George Cross, IV Class, c.1910

Item: EG2373

Russian Imperial. A Saint George Cross, IV Class, c.1910

Sale Date: June 26, 2019 Hammer Price

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Russian Imperial. A Saint George Cross, IV Class, c.1910

(Георгиевский Крест). Instituted 1807 by Alexander I. Pre-1913 Issue. A silver cross pattee, with the obverse center illustrating Saint George on horseback slaying a dragon, reverse center presents the embossed monogram of the Order of St. George, reverse impressed “143” on 9 o’clock arm and “114” on 3 o’clock arm, with “4-я степ” embossed on 6 o’clock arm (identifying the class as fourth), unmarked, measures 33mm (w) x 40mm (h-inclusive on integral ring), tarnished and worn, evident contact marks obverse, replacement ribbon and suspension ring, fine.

Footnote: The St. George Cross was established in a February 1807 decree of Emperor Alexander I, intended as a reward for "undaunted courage" by the lower ranks (soldiers, sailors and NCOs) of the military. On September 10, 1916, the Highest Council of Ministers approved a change to the St George Cross, removing the gold and silver from its making. They began to mint crosses made of "yellow metal" (JM) and of "white metal" (BM). 

 

This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on eMedals.com.

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