ADMIRAL FIODOR MATVEYEVICH APRAXIN ON HIS VICTORY OVER
THE SWEDISH FLEET
KOENIG, Ottfried (?); or GOUIN(?): Russia, 1708, Bronze,
Obv: Bust of Apraxin Legend in Cyrillic translated as: "Fi(odor)
Ma(tveyevich) Apraxin; Admiral of his Royal Majesty"
Rev: Ships in battle; Legend in Cyrillic translated as: "He who guards
this does not sleep; Better death than disloyalty"
Ref: Tiregale 28; Werlich T-12; see Numismatist, May 1982, p. 1188 #26;
Shchukina (c860-865); see Spassky and Shchukina #37
This piece may be a copy of a medal originally executed
by Solomon Gouin and Gottfried Haupt.
Count Fiodor Matveyevich 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 Archangel, the most important
commercially of the Russian provinces, and built ships capable of weathering
storms. He later was to play a leading role in the creation of the Russian
Baltic fleet. In 1700 he was appointed Chief of the Admiralty. In 1708,
Apraxin 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.
LINK to Apraxin's
Palace (from the Hermitage)
LINK to Collection
of Medals from Imperial Russia (Yale University)