Auction Name: 2017 April 7 - 10 CCE World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
Lot Number: 31323
Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/3054-31323
Alexander II Specimen gold Medal Honoring Professor N.I. Utkin 1859 SP62 PCGS, by A. Lyalin, Diakov-680.1 (R5), Smirnov-631. Issued to honor Professor Utkin for 50 Years of Service in the Imperial Academy of Arts. Obv. Portrait of Professor Utkin left. Rev. Six-line inscription, with rayed star above, in wreath. Fully brilliant, with bright greenish-gold patina, bold relief and deeply mirrored fields. Light hairlines are noted on close examination. An exceedingly rare medal in gold, and the only example certified by PCGS, and NGC combined. We can reference a very few examples of this medal in bronze, but this is the only piece we have seen struck in gold.
Professor Utkin was the Curator of prints and graphics at the Hermitage, and superintendent of the museum at the Imperial Academy of Arts. In addition to this, Utkin was a very gifted artist and engraver. He retired from his duties in 1850 and died in 1863.