On September 17 at 2 p.m. London-time, the auction-house of Dix Noonan Webb will be conducting their first-ever sale devoted entirely to Russian coins and historical medals. These date from the 14th century to the 21st century.
Center-piece of the catalog is an old collection of Russian historical medals mainly formed in the 1960s and 1970s. Three highlights from this collection include an extremely fine and very rare 1704 silver medal by I. Konstantinov from the reign of Peter the Great. It commemorates the Capture of Narva. The medal, estimated at £3,000-4,000, presents a uniformed & laureate bust of Peter I on the obverse and a view of the bombardment of Narva on the reverse.
A very rare silver medal by T. Ivanov and G.C. Waechter commemorates the coronation of Catherine the Great in 1762. The crowned bust of the Empress is shown on the obverse. Mother Russia and Faith stand either side of an altar on the reverse with Providence above holding crown and scepter. In EF its estimate is £3,000-£4,000.
Thirdly is a second silver rarity from Catherine’s reign by G.C. and J.G. Waechter dated 1771. The obverse legend translates as ‘Count Grigoriev Grigorievich Orlov Roman Imperial Prince’. The reverse shows him armored and on horseback with Moscow in the background. Orlov was Catherine’s principal lover. It was he that led the coup which overthrew her husband, Tsar Peter III, and saw her installed as Empress.
The legend on the reverse in exergue makes direct reference to the bubonic plague that struck Moscow in 1771 and precipitated a three-day riot. Orlov was sent to the city to restore order in which he was fully successful.
The design is seldom encountered in silver and it is expected this medal will attract considerable attention and correspondingly it carries a hefty estimate of £9,000-£12,000.
In addition there are about two hundred lots of coins. For those into medieval pieces, among the lots is a good selection of ‘wire money’.
Full catalog details along with bidding instruction and can be sourced at www.dnw.co.uk.