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1909 Bulgaria Royal Army Academy medal RRRR 2

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See scan – absolutely perfect and stunning condition. Some of the original gold plating residue still remains. This is probably one of the rarest Bulgarian Royal military medals and decorations, since it was originally ordered and produced in only a couple of pieces and awarded to the top 4-5 graduates of the Military Academy. During 1909 the Bulgarian Military Academy / School had to celebrate 30 years of its establishment on the date of May 2nd. May 2nd was also a special date, since May 2nd was King / Prince Boris III so called name day, i.e. all people with the name of Boris celebrated on that day (this tradition still continues…). At that time young Prince Boris was the Army School / Academy patron and May 2nd was the Academy’s official holiday. The school itself was established during 1879 and right after Bulgarian freedom came after the Russian Turkish war, where Imperial Russia had overthrown the Ottoman Turkey Army from Bulgarian territories and actually freed Bulgaria from Turk occupation. During those 1st year Bulgarian Army was under Russian commandment and they set up the first Bulgarian Military Academy. Later on when King Ferdinand I came to power in 1887 and after he replaced the abdication of the German Prince Alexander Batenberg I, the Military Academy / School became His Majesty The King Military School. For the 30th years celebration of the Academy, the Army Staff, the State and the Royal Palace had taken a decision to set up a special ceremony and there was a one of a kind sport and physical condition contest held. Only ONE cadet officer in each discipline of this one of a kind contest was to become the outstanding excellent prize student of the alumni graduate and this military officer should receive a one of a kind medal for the occasion. The medal was inscribed with this special date and discipline. The piece was ordered to be manufactured in what appears to be either Great Britain / England or Imperial Germany and this can be observed by the sterling silver markings / hallmark at bottom part of the reverse. The whole medal was masterly made out of sterling silver and great blue and red enamel. It greatly resembles Imperial Russian jetons and jeton awards, but this was a medal for extreme achievements. The medal has the text FOR MILITARY SPORTS and dated May 2nd – 1909. Similar medal received the famous Bulgarian Admiral Variklechkov who later became Chief Commander of NAVY Fleet and was the first Bulgarian submarine Captain. The medal obverse has the Royal King Ferdinand cypher monogram in the middle surrounded by red enamel and in circle on the side there is a text saying – HIS MAJESTY’S MILITARY SCHOOL. Above the Royal cypher and below the ball and ring type hook there is also the Royalty kingdom crown. Diameter of the piece is 36 mm. The medal was awarded as an extreme service and merit decoration at this special ceremony and after the contest and tournament has ended. The medal was probably awarded personally by the King and Prince as well as with all the Army Staff in the Capital of Bulgaria – Sofia. We've had also another piece of this rarity and it came with a Military Merit type ribbon, so this one also comes with same type of ribbon. Since it was awarded in the Military Academy, it is most probable that they really used that ribbon for this special occasion. EXTREMELY SCARCE and one of a kind militaria item. A true museum and collector gem that proves to be one of the really important pieces of Bulgarian Royal Military history. This piece could be considered much rarer than most of the other Bulgarian decorations, medals or orders.


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