Topic: Dowager Empress Maria
In September 2006, the remains of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna were buried alongside those of her beloved husband, Emperor Alexander III at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Petersburg.
The St. Petersburg Mint issued a special commemorative medal in honour of this historic event. Descendants of the Romanov dynasty were each issued one of these medals.
According to the tradition of the Imperial House of Romanov, gifts were distributed to members of the Imperial family marking important events, including coronations, births, marriages, deaths, etc.
The Mint produced commemorative medals and tokens to be distributed to family members, but also to the highest dignitaries, diplomats among others. The types of material and the size of the gift corresponded to the rank the individual held. Gold, silver and copper were the most common medals used to produce these items.
The 2006 commemorative medal was struck in silver and red brass. On the front artists produced a lovely portrait of the Dowager Empress. On the reverse artists depict an angel on the spire of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul and the inscription, In Memory of the Burial. Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral. St. Petersburg. September 28, 2006.
© Paul Gilbert. 22 February, 2012