Order of Saint Andrew the First-Called, Civil Division, Breast Star (in silver)


SKU: 01.RUS.0101.106.01.000

Estimated market value:

$12,000 USD

  • Civil Division, I Class Breast Star (in silver)
  • Civil Division, I Class Breast Star (in silver) Reverse
  • Civil Division, I Class Breast Star (in silver) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$12,000 USD


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    Saint Andrew Collar with Badge and the Star: available on eMedals 2020 for $325,000. Value of higher-end Russian Orders varies greatly; value depends on period and quality of manufacture, and the maker; as well as value of Russian currency and general economic situation in Russia. A rare award.

Physical Description and Item Details

Star of the order, in silver, presented as an eight-point radiant ribbed star, centre applique bearing a black enameled Romanov eagle overlaid by a blue enameled Saint Andrew’s cross on a gilt background, within a blue enameled ring bearing raised gilt order motto of “ЗА ВѢРУ И ВѢРНОСТЬ” (“FOR FAITH AND LOYALTY”), with gilt and green enameled laurel branches at the bottom, the reverse with a barrel hinge and narrow banjo-style pinback meeting a flat wire catch, marked with Latin script “Keibel”, the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg, a silver purity mark of “84”, and a Romanov royal warrant, the pinback similarly marked “Keibel”, with the symbol of the city of St. Petersburg and the Romanov royal warrant, measuring 88.95 m (w) x 88.93 mm (h), weighing 52.2 grams, with enamel of central Saint Andrews cross replaced, enamel loss to blue surround and green laurels, worn, remains fine.


The Order was initially designed by Peter the Great in 1698, but it was not officially instituted until 1699.

It was considered the highest Order of Chivalry in the Russian Empire, and it was awarded for acts of extraordinary military or civil merit.

Recipients of this Order were automatically conferred the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, the Order of the White Eagle, the Order of Saint Anne (I Class only), and the Order of Saint Stanislaus (I Class only).

Low ranking recipients automatically moved up to the position of Lieutenant General or Vice Admiral.

The statutes for the Order were created in 1720, but were never officially approved by Peter the Great. Since the Tsar controlled the production of this Order, a number of variations exist.

This Order was discontinued during the USSR, and re-instituted as the most prestigious Russian Order by the Russian Federation in 1998.

The Order awards with diamonds were a special distinction and they were added to the award at the expense of the recipient.

The earliest version of the Breast Star was embroidered silver.

The obverse features an inscription that translates to "For Faith and Loyalty".

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