AMERICAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY TO SELL FOREIGN ORDERS, MEDALS, AND DECORATIONS TO BENEFIT ACQUISITIONS Landmark sales in London in May and October will offer a unique $2 million collection of historic military medals, orders and decorations from a variety of nations at every price level.
by regency. In April 1893, not yet 17, he proclaimed himself of age, dismissing the council of three Regents, and ultimately replacing the country's liberal constitution with a conservative version. On 10 June 1903 a group of military officers entered the royal palace and murdered the king and queen, thus bringing an end to the Obrenovich family. (Estimate £2,000-3,000, £3,400-5,000)
Among the important Russian orders and decorations scheduled to be sold on October 25-26 are:
* Russia, Order of St Andrew, Sash Badge, in gold and enamel, made in 1865 by Julius Keibel of St. Petersburg. The Order of St Andrew was founded by Peter the Great in 1698 and was the premier Imperial Order. It came in one class and was named in honour of the Apostle. Julius Keibel was the official manufacturer of Russian Orders from when he succeeded his father in 1862 until his death 20 years later, at which point his son Albert took over the business. When Albert died in 1910 the firm ceased to exist. They had been the official manufacturer of Russian orders for over seventy years (Estimate £10,000-15,000, $17,000-26,000)
* Russia, Order of St Alexander Nevsky, Paste Set Breast Star with Imperial Crown, St. Petersburg, second half of the 19th century. The Order of St Alexander Nevsky was founded by Catherine I on her accession in 1725. It was awarded in one class to high ranking officials in either a military or civil capacity and could be awarded with diamonds in exceptional circumstances. The Order was named in honour of Alexander Nevsky (1220-63), a Russian saint and hero. He routed the Swedes near the present site of St Petersburg in 1240, subsequently defeating the Teutonic Knights at the Battle of Lake Pepius two years later. The Order ceased to exist following the end of the monarchy but in 1942, when Russia was facing the German invasion, the Soviet government created a new order of Alexander Nevsky for military bravery (Estimate £8,000-12,000, $14,000-20,000)
Notes to editors:
Morton & Eden Ltd., are specialist auctioneers of Collectors' Coins of all periods and types, War Medals, Orders and Decorations, Historical Medals and Banknotes. The company was founded in 2001 by James Morton and Tom Eden, who were both directors of the Coins and Medals Department at Sotheby's, with whom the company maintains a close association.
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