RUSSIA, 800th Anniversary of Moscow, 1947


RUSSIA, USSR, 800th Anniversary of Moscow Medal, 1947, Obverse: helmeted head of Yuri Dolgoruki L, OSNOVATEL MOSKVI YURI DOLGORUKII, Reverse: Red Square, V PAMYAT 800 LETIYA MOSKVI 1147 1947, bronze, 37mm, aluminum kalodka, XF

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Awarded to inhabitants of Moscow deemed deserving of recognition during the anniversary year.

Medals, awards, decoration, insignia, documents, equipment, of military, police, private, and irregular military style organizations. We sometimes sell small weapons but we do not sell working firearms. If a thing happens to be military but is hundreds of years old I stop thinking of it as a military thing and start thinking of it as a relic or an antiquity. I suppose that means that “militaria” really starts around the middle of the 19th century or so, when uniforms became normal. Does that seem right to you?

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.