Medal awarded to colonels for the Battle of Kalisz
Gold, enamel, diamonds, aquamarines
On 18 October 1706 after a 3-hour battle outside the town of Kalisz in Poland,
the Russian forces led by Alexander Menshikov routed the Swedes. They
killed 5,000 and took a further 5,000 prisoners for minimal losses (84
killed and 324 wounded) and also captured considerable trophies in what
was then the greatest achievement of Russian arms during the Northern
War. Following old Russian tradition, all the participants in the battle
received awards in accordance with their status: the soldiers got silver
coins ("altyny"), the officers gold medals, whose size and weight
depended on their rank. There are some 8 varieties of Kalisz officers'
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