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Medal Commemorating a Thousand Years since the Death of King Simeon I ‘The Great’, the 50th Anniversary of the Re-founding of the Principality (later Kingdom) of Bulgaria and the 10th Anniversary of the Ascent of King Boris III, 1928
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Medal Commemorating a Thousand Years since the Death of King Simeon I ‘The Great’, the 50th Anniversary of the Re-founding of the Principality (later Kingdom) of Bulgaria and the 10th Anniversary of the Ascent of King Boris III, 1928
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Small gilt bronze circular medal with loop for ribbon attachment; the face with head of King Simeon I (Simeon the Great) and the head and shoulders of King Boris III, both facing left, and the dates ‘893-927, 1918-1928, 1878-1928’, signed ‘HC’ (= NS) at the base; the reverse with a crowned shield on a trophy of arms and the dates ‘893 896 904 913 926’ at the top, ‘1879 1885 1908 1912/13’ at the bottom and ‘927-1927, 1878-1928, 1918-1928’ across the middle; diameter 22.36mm (0.88 inch); on replaced ribbon. The dates on the face of the medal are those of the reign of King Simeon I (893-927), of the Boris III who ascended the throne in 1918 and of Bulgaria becoming an independent principality following the Congress of Berlin. The dates on the reverse are for the significant wars of each era. The medal is an interesting piece of propaganda since the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, of which Boris III was a member, could hardly claim descent or historical continuity from King Simeon I, having been on the throne of Bulgaria only since 1887, though there is no doubt that Bulgaria had, and has, a strong sense of nationhood and history.

 
Medal Commemorating a Thousand Years since the Death of King Simeon I ‘The Great’, the 50th Anniversary of the Re-founding of the Principality (later Kingdom) of Bulgaria and the 10th Anniversary of the Ascent of King Boris III, 1928
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Medal Commemorating a Thousand Years since the Death of King Simeon I ‘The Great’, the 50th Anniversary of the Re-founding of the Principality (later Kingdom) of Bulgaria and the 10th Anniversary of the Ascent of King Boris III, 1928
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Medal Commemorating a Thousand Years since the Death of King Simeon I ‘The Great’, the 50th Anniversary of the Re-founding of the Principality (later Kingdom) of Bulgaria and the 10th Anniversary of the Ascent of King Boris III, 1928
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