Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, Type III, Military Division, Breast Star (in silver)
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European-made Breast Star, in silver with silver gilt and enamel, marked FR on pin and M in hexagon on pin and reverse center, 88mm, good very fine.
Conceived as a purely military order by Peter the Great, this Order was never awarded during the Czar's lifetime. Empress Catherine I began to award the Order after her husband's death, although she did not award it solely for military pursuits. The USSR adopted this Order and secularized it.
The Breast Star "with diamonds" is awarded, at the sovereign's discretion, to an individual as a special distinction.
The obverse features an inscription, translated as "For Labour and Fatherland". Though some of the breast stars do not have an obverse inscription and instead feature an image of Alexander Nevsky.
This Order has been awarded over 3,600 times since its inception in 1724
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