Medals and Commemorative Pieces

Medal struck to commemorate the service of Ivan Ivanovich Betskoi, prominent educator, (1704?-1795), commending him for his patriotism, from the Russian Senate, 20 November 1772. Betskoi, who served under Russian rulers in a variety of capacities for over three quarters of a century, is best known as the designer of a system of state education incorporating the principles of the Enlightenment. Working closely with Empress Catherine II (the Great), he plAnnad, established and supervised a number of educational institutions, including the Moscow Foundling House, the Community of Noble Girls at the Smol’nyi Convent, the gymnasium at the Academy of Arts and the reorganized Cadet Corps.

Collection of Coins and Medals
Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Dr. W. Gilman Thompson

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