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1813, Russia, Napoleonic Wars. Large Battle Of Leipzig Bronze Medal. 129gm. R1 For Sale
1813, Russia, Napoleonic Wars. Large Battle of Leipzig Bronze Medal. 129gm. R1!
depicting Alexander I. Engraving by Fyodor P.Tolstoy.
Mint Year: 1834
Engraver: Alexander Ljalin
Designer: Count Feodor Petrovich Tolstoy
Few rim hits, otherwise VF-XF!
Reference: Julius 3942, Diakov 1774 (R1!).
Obverse: Armored profile bust of Tsar Alexander I, portrayed as Rodomysl, an ancient Slavic pagan deity that personified courage, wisdom, and justice, wearing early slavian helmet with plumage, adorsed by a bow and a shield with repousse mythological battle scenes.
Legend: (Alexander I) "Rodomisl of 19th Century"
Reverse: A Russian warrior arrayed in Slavic armor. He is leaning on the fasces lictoriae, symbolizing power and authority, and holding a sword in his right hand, with a victoriously raised shield in his left. A double-headed eagle (allegoric for the Russian Empire) is standing on the shield. Fallen enemy soldiers in background.
Translated Exergue Legends: "One of the medals of Count Tolstoy, Engraved by A. Ljalin. 1835"
Tranlated Legend: "Battle of Leipzig"
Count Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy 1783-1873), sympathetically mentioned by Pushkin in Eugene Onegin, was one of the most fashionable Russian drawers and painters of the 1820s. Although he prepared fine illustrations for Bogdanovich's Dushenka, his genuine vocation was wax modeling and design of medals. Tolstoy visited the Imperial Academy of Arts' classes of plastic arts. One of his teachers was the most fashionable Russian portraitist of the time, Orest Kiprensky. As he gradually went blind, he had to give up drawing and started writing ballets and librettos for operas. He was appointed Vice-President of the Academy of Arts in 1828. Many of his works may be seen in the Russian Museum, St Petersburg.
The Battle of Leipzig or Battle of the Nations (German: Völkerschlacht), was fought by the coalition armies of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden against the French army of Napoleon at Leipzig, Saxony. Napoleon's army also contained Polish and Italian troops as well as Germans from the Confederation of the Rhine. The battle marked the culmination of the fall campaign of 1813 during the German campaign and involved over 600,000 soldiers, making it the largest battle in Europe prior to World War I.
Defeated, Napoleon was compelled to return to France while the Allies hurried to keep their momentum, invading France early the next year. Napoleon was forced to abdicate, and was exiled to Elba that spring.
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Alexander I of Russia (December 23, 1777 – November 19, 1825) served as Emperor of Russia from 23 March 1801 to 1 December 1825 and Ruler of Poland from 1815 to 1825, as well as the first Grand Duke of Finland.
He was born in Saint Petersburg to Grand Duke Paul Petrovich, later Emperor Paul I, and Maria Feodorovna, daughter of the Duke of Württemberg. Alexander succeeded to the throne after his father was murdered, and ruled Russia during the chaotic period of the Napoleonic Wars. In the first half of his ruling Alexander tried to introduce
liberal reforms, while in the second half he turned to a much more arbitrary manner of conduct, which led to the abolishing of many early reforms. In foreign policy Alexander gained certain success, having won several campaigns. In particular under his rule Russia acquired Finland and part of Poland. The strange contradictions of his character make Alexander one of the most interesting Tsars. Adding to this, his death was shrouded in mystery, and location of his body remains unknown.
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1813, Russia, Napoleonic Wars. Large Battle Of Leipzig Bronze Medal. 129gm. R1: $434