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Commemorative Medal for the Serbian-Bulgarian War of 1885, silver
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Commemorative Medal for the Serbian-Bulgarian War of 1885, silver
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Circular silver medal with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with two shields supporting the crown of the Prince of Hesse, that on the left with the lion rampant of Bulgaria, that on the right with two crowned columns above two hands offering a crown, encircled by the Cyrillic inscription ‘АЛЕКСАНДЪРЪ I КЊЗЬ БЪЛГАРСКИЙ’ (Alexander I, Knyaz (Prince) of Bulgaria); the reverse inscribed ‘БЛАГОДАРНОТО ОТЕЧЕСТВО НА СВОИТѢ ХРАБРИ СИНОВЕ’ (The country’s thanks to its courageous sons) and dated ‘1885’ within a circular laurel wreath inscribed with the names of the most notable battles of the war, ‘СЛИВНИЦА’ (Slivnitsa), ‘ГОРГУЛЯТА’ (Gorgulyta), ‘БРЕЗНИКЪ’ (Breznik), ‘ДРАГОМАНЪ’ (Dragoman), ‘ЦАРИБРОДЪ’ (Caribrod), ‘ПИРОТЪ’ (Pirot), ‘ВИДИНЪ’ (Vidin); slight loss of detail to the reverse from wear; on replaced correct ribbon and new suspension ring. The first commemorative medal for the war bore the portrait of Knyaz Alexander I who, under pressure from Russia, was deposed in 1886. A new version, of which this is an example, was introduced and awarded until 1891 in two grades – silver for combatants and bronze for non-combatants. The war lasted for just two weeks, from 14 to 28 November 1885. Serbia, encouraged by Austria-Hungary, declared war and invaded Bulgaria following the latter’s unilateral declaration of union with the province of Eastern Rumelia. After initial advances, Serb forces were thrown back in humiliating defeat and only the diplomatic intervention and threat of force from Vienna kept Bulgarian troops from Serbian soil. No territorial changes were made as a result of the war but the union with Eastern Rumelia was recognised and the seeds sown of 60 years of Serbo-Bulgarian discord. A good example.

 
Commemorative Medal for the Serbian-Bulgarian War of 1885, silver
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Commemorative Medal for the Serbian-Bulgarian War of 1885, silver
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Commemorative Medal for the Serbian-Bulgarian War of 1885, silver
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