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Badge for Georgy Sedov's Expedition to the North Pole

C. 1912

Gold and enamel, Diam 3 cm

In 1912 Georgy Yakovlevich Sedov gave a talk on his planned sledge expedition to the North Pole. As the tsarist government had declined to provide the essential finances for the expedition, a collection of voluntary funds was organized, and gold, silver and bronze badges issued (depending on the size of the contribution) with the inscription: [trans.] For a contributor to the expedition of Lieutenant Sedov to the North Pole. The Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen owned a gold badge of this type.

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