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Mystery Russia Medal. Please Help


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Gut feel is that it's issued in 1992 by Leningrad Mint (now St. Petersburg mint) to commemorate the founding of St. Petersburg.

 

I believe you are correct.

 

The person in the foreground is Peter I ("the Great"). In the background is the Peter and Paul Fortress which was established in 1703 to defend against Sweden.

 

There is more information at http://www.saint-petersburg.com/virtual-tour/peter-paul-fortress/ and http://www.aviewoncities.com/stpetersburg/peterandpaulfortress.htm.

 

The St Petersburg mint opened in 1724 and struck the famous "Sun" rouble which features a radiant sun in the the middle of Peter's monogram on the reverse. An image of this rouble can be seen on the Hermitage website at http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/04/2004/hm4_1_95.html.

 

I have never seen this medal before and don't know what its market value is. It's certainly very attractive and historically significant.

 

 

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better to post this medal in russian coins section to find more answers, to me this medal is not of significant historical importance but regular mint issue with intersting design

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better to post this medal in russian coins section to find more answers, to me this medal is not of significant historical importance but regular mint issue with intersting design

 

The medal itself might not be historically significant as a medal, but the event that it commemorates, the establishment of St. Petersburg, most certainly is. I agree that the suggestion to post this medal in the Russian coins forum is a good idea.

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