Reverse: haeC fortIa MoenIa conDIt/in ex: PETRIBVRGI . PORTVS . /ET NAVALE . [ [He] builds strong walls//PETERBURG'S HARBOR/AND SHIPYARD] - Minerva and Mercury , seated on cloud, hold a medallion with portrait of Peter I labeled "CZAR . PET . ALEXII . F"; Minerva holds a model of Kronschlott; owl, spear, and shield are at her feet. Beneath, an aerial view of fortress at the river bank labeled "S. PETERSBVRG"; buildings visible in distant background
Note: This medal is part of a series ordered by Peter the Great in Germany, from Phillipp Heinrich Mueller, a well-known medal die-cutter from Augsburg, to commemorate Russian victories in the war with Sweden of 1702-1714. However, our specimen is a later copy executed by Timofey Ivanov, who was active as a die-cutter at St. Petersburg Mint from 1750 through 1796. The medal commemorated the foundation of St. Petersburg and its harbor and shipyard on May 16, 1703.