[In Russian]: MOTHER OF THE COUNTRY: Shoulder-length portrait of Catherine II, in veiled tiara, l.
[In Russian, on banderole above]: BEHOLD HER LOVE FOR THIS/in ex: JANUARY 1/1779: Catherine disguised as Minerva, std. near two columns, at l. and inscribing a tablet held by figure of Russia in turreted crown, at r.; in background, balustrade with sphinx. Sword, scales, book, and scroll at Catherine's feet.
EMPRESS OF RUSSIA CATHERINE II THE GREAT/[l. and r. of image] 1729 1796: Shoulder-length portrait of Catherine II, facing three-quarters l.
SHE MADE RUSSIA ON OF THE GREAT POWERS OF EUROPE/AND BROUGHT ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE ARTS TO HER PEOPLE/in ex: CORONATION/1762: Inside stylized canopy, standing female figure holding crown above head, l., flanked by Russian Orthodox priests
[In Russian] CATHERINE II PATRON: Half-length portrait of Catherine II, crowned and dressed in bejeweled court dress, r.
[In Russian] BE ALWAYS THUS FIRM/in ex: ST. PETERSBURG IMPERIAL ACADEMY OR ARTS/ INAUGURATED/JUNE 28 1765: Stone block amidst sea waves at center, with attributes of art, sculpture and architecture atop
[In Russian]: BY THE GRACE OF GOD CATHERINE II EMPRESS AND ALL-RUSSIAN AUTOCRAT: Bust of Catherine II, laureated and draped in ermine mantel, r.
[In Russian]: HERE IS A PEACEFUL PLACE OF REFUGE./in ex: MAY 21 1779: Figure of Faith, with cross, seated on draped pedestal with open book, accepting olive branch from hands of two kneeling Christians, and pointing with r. hand to Russian fortress; at left, crowd of people exiting gates of Turkish fortress