Order of Saint Catherine, Greater Cross Star
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The Order of St. Catherine was founded in 1714 by Tsar Peter the First to commemorate his wife's courage during the the Ottoman campaign of 1711. After his wife's death in 1727 the order was disbanded, but in 1797 Emperor Paul I reissued and redesigned the Order.
The Order can only be conferred upon women.
The Grand Cross Breast Star could be conferred upon Grand Duchesses and Princesses, as well as foreign noblewomen.
The obverse features an inscription, translated as "For Love and Fatherland."
Obv: За Любовь и Отечество
Sold by Morton & Eden Ltd., for £55,000 in November 2009.
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