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1000th Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus Medal

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St. Vladimir was the grandson of St. Olga (son of Prince Svyatoslav) and he is known as Equal to the Apostles. Originally a zealous idolater, he married Anna, the sister of the Emperors Basil and Constantine. On this medal he is portrayed standing on a cloud and holding aloft the Russian Orthodox cross. He bears a warrior shield, a symbol of his struggle to bring the Orthodox Christian faith to Russia, culminting in the Baptism of Rus in the year 988. Behind him the sun rays symbolize his enlightenment and the spreading of the glad news (Vladmir was also nicknamed "The Golden Sun"). In 2015, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated the 1000th year since his repose in 1015.

Originally issued  by the Munich mint for the celebration of the Millennium of Christianity (988-1988) in a limited edition, this slightly later medal is the same size as the original. They were minted in a small batch by the Russian Orthodox community in the United States, centered in New York City. The Russian Orthodox Church in Russia (Moscow Patriarch) also produced a limited number of the same medals but cast them in aluminum. This stunning medal is minted in heavy solid gold plated brass. Gift boxed with an informative enclosure. 23/4" diameter (70mm).

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SKU: ML-1000
RRP: $29.00
$24.95 (You save $4.05)

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