The “Botik of Peter the Great” is the grandfather of the Russian fleet. It was a child’s passion of Tsar Peter that turned Russia into a powerful maritime nation and laid the foundation for domestic shipbuilding.
The “Botik of Peter the Great”, also called “St. Nicholas”, was a miniaturized scaled-down warship discovered by Tsar Peter at the Royal Izmaylovo Estate in 1688. It was repaired by Karshten Brandt, and Peter learned to sail using the boat on waters near Moscow. It was stored in the Moscow Kremlin by Peter and later enshrined in St. Petersburg. Tsar Peter continued to use it in state ceremonies and ordered that the boat be sailed down the Neva River on August, 30 annually. It was also used in state ceremonies of later monarchs of Russia, including the wedding of Catherine the Great and Peter III, as well as the centenary of St. Petersburg. In the 1760s Empress Catherine built a boathouse to store the legendary boat.
The boat became less important under the Soviet rule, along with other cherished objects of the Russian Empire; however, the surge of patriotism raised during the outbreak of the World War I led to the renewal of the significance of Peter the Great and the Botik along with him. The Boat was enshrined to the Central Soviet Naval Museum where it remains to present day. In 1997 the Boat left Russia for the first time to be exhibited in the World Financial Center.
The series of the pins “The History of the Russian Fleet” was produced in the USSR in the late 1980s concurrently with the series of postage stamps of the same name. It has never been reproduced.
At present the number of the pins is limited and the series is considered to be a valuable collection.
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A rare aluminum pin representing the coat of arms of Knyaginino Town, Nizhniy Novgorod Oblast. The coat of arms was approved on August 16, 1781.
In the upper part of the French heraldic shield there is a deer, which is the central figure of the coat of arms of Nizhny Novgorod. The deer symbolizes nobility, purity, greatness, life, wisdom and justice. In the lower green field there are golden cuts of cloth – the symbol of the abundance of the arable farming areas of the town’s outskirts.
“Frigate Pallas” is a pin from the rare series “Russia Sets Sail”.
The pin represents a stylized image of a goldish roll of a sea chart with the contours of two hemispheres of emerald green color and a frigate, i.e. a Russian three-masted warship with a complete sailing rig. The Frigate rides the waves from right to left. It was named after the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare.
The text on the pin reads: “Frigate Pallas, 1832”.
Rare metal pin made of aluminium alloy in the form of the coat of arms of the city of Novorossiysk of the Soviet period.
The coat of arms represents a French shield, divided diagonally by the ribbon of the Order of the Patriotic War of the 1st rate. In the first silver (gray) part there are smoking pipes resting on a half of a gear wheel; in the second, azure (dark blue) part there is a golden anchor. On the ribbon of the Order there is a red carnation – a symbol of loyalty to the revolutionary traditions.
The commemorative pin is given to the servicemen, veterans and civilian personnel of the Russian Federation Armed Forces, who took part in the counter-terrorist operations in the North Caucasus. The pin is devoted to the 15th anniversary of the end of the hostilities in Chechnya.
On the reverse side of the badge there is a screw for fastening it to a military uniform.