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Medal to commemorate the Victory at the Battle of Poltava, 1709-1713

Philipp Heinrich Muller

Silver, chasing; diam 66 mm

The medal is from a series commemorating Russia's victory against Sweden in the Great Northern War. The dies were made in Augsburg and then brought to the Moscow Mint, where several sets of the series were struck in gold and silver. The imposing compositions are designed in the same spirit as Baroque sculpture, and complemented on both sides by the Italian inscriptions: [trans.] We shall be envied for this glory; Poltava is to be glorified for the wonderful victory, all the Swedish army is destroyed. And the edge inscription on the medal reads: This brilliant triumph without doubt brings Peter a victor's laurels.

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