Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss


JUDIN (Yudin), Samuel: Russia, 1708, Bronze, 54 mm
Obv: Bust of Apraxin; Legend in Cyrillic translated as: "His Royal Majesty Admiral Fe(odor) Ma(tveevich) Apraxin"
Rev: Four battleships from the Russian fleet approaching foreign lands and above, two hands extending from beyond the clouds, hold an oak leaf – the symbol of victory. Legend in Cyrillic translated as: "He who guards this does not sleep; Better death than disloyalty"
_ (S. Yudin)
Ref: Werlich T-12; see Numismatist, May 1982, p. 1188 #26; Shchukina (c860-865); see Spassky and Shchukina #37; Diakov  I, 94/26.2
; Weiss BW165

Count Feodor Matveevich Apraxin (1661-1728) was a Russian admiral who early in his career served the little Tsar Peter, who became a life long friend. In 1693 Apraxin was appointed Governor of Arkhangelsk, one of Russia’s most important commercial ports. There he pursued Russia’s trade interests and laid the foundations of the nation’s commercial and military shipbuilding. Together with Peter the Great, Apraxin is considered to be one of the founders of the Russian Baltic Fleet. In 1700 he was appointed Chief of the Admiralty. Apraxin took part in all the major battles of the Northern War, and in 1708 he was appointed commander in chief in Ingria, to defend the new capital of St. Petersburg against the Swedes. Apraxin battled and routed the Swedish fleet in this encounter, the event commemorated by this medal.

This medal was commissioned personally by Peter the Great to show his appreciation for Apraxin’s services.

This particular piece is a copy by S. Yudin of a medal originally executed by Solomon Gouin and Gottfried Haupt.

LINK to Apraxin's Palace (from the Hermitage)

LINK  to Biography and Portrait of Apraxin (from Wikipedia)

LINK to Collection of Medals from Imperial Russia (Yale University)

LINK to Russian History in Medals: Peter the Great (from ANS magazine)