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Medal Commemorative of the 50th Anniversary of the Union of Moldavia and Wallachia (Medalia in Amintirea a 50a Aniversări de la Unirea Principatelor) 1859-1909
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Medal Commemorative of the 50th Anniversary of the Union of Moldavia and Wallachia (Medalia in Amintirea a 50a Aniversări de la Unirea  Principatelor) 1859-1909
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Circular bronze medal with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a standing female figure offering a laurel wreath to two seated female figures holding hands, each holding a shield, that to the left bearing the arms of Moldavia, that to the right the arms of Wallachia, a radiant rising sun beyond, inscribed ‘IUBIRE PACE SI UNIRE’ (Love of Peace and Union) and circumscribed ‘IN AMINTIREA A 50ª ANIVERSĂRI DE LA UNIREA PRINCIPATELOR’ (In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the union of the principalities) and dated ‘1859-5.24 IANUARIE 1909’; the reverse with the portrait of Alexandru Ioan Cuza facing left, a laurel branch to the right, inscribed ‘CUZA VODĂ’ (Cuza Prince) and dated ‘*1820+1873’; diameter 39mm (1½ inches); on a replaced ribbon in the national colours of Romania. Moldavia and Wallachia had been united briefly in the late 16th Century but had since been subject states of the Ottoman Empire. They became increasingly restive as Ottoman power declined and after the Crimean War of 1853-1856, came under the collective guarantee of the Great Powers, largely to prevent further Russian advance southwards towards Constantinople (Istanbul). Cuza, a prominent member of the Romanian boyar (noble) class, was elected Prince of Moldavia on 17 January 1859. The Great Powers opposed union with Wallachia but when Cuza was elected Prince of Wallachia on 24 January 1859, de facto union was achieved. Cuza’s rule proved ineffective and he was forced to abdicate in 1866, dying in exile in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1873. He was replaced by Fürst Karl von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen who reigned successfully as King Carol I until his death in 1914.

 
Medal Commemorative of the 50th Anniversary of the Union of Moldavia and Wallachia (Medalia in Amintirea a 50a Aniversări de la Unirea  Principatelor) 1859-1909
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Medal Commemorative of the 50th Anniversary of the Union of Moldavia and Wallachia (Medalia in Amintirea a 50a Aniversări de la Unirea  Principatelor) 1859-1909
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Medal Commemorative of the 50th Anniversary of the Union of Moldavia and Wallachia (Medalia in Amintirea a 50a Aniversări de la Unirea  Principatelor) 1859-1909
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Medal Commemorative of the 50th Anniversary of the Union of Moldavia and Wallachia (Medalia in Amintirea a 50a Aniversări de la Unirea  Principatelor) 1859-1909
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Medal Commemorative of the 50th Anniversary of the Union of Moldavia and Wallachia (Medalia in Amintirea a 50a Aniversări de la Unirea  Principatelor) 1859-1909
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Medal Commemorative of the 50th Anniversary of the Union of Moldavia and Wallachia (Medalia in Amintirea a 50a Aniversări de la Unirea  Principatelor) 1859-1909
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