Medal for Zeal was established already December 1801 by Emperor Alexander I (Александр I Павлович) who was Emperor of Russia from 23rd March 1801 to 1st December 1825.
It was awarded for meritorious service to the Russian government, military and civilians in times of war and piece. Also it was very common award to the foreign soldiers and civilians.
During 19th Century, many medals went to members of merchants guilds due diligence in supplying troops in a different conflicts where Russian Empire engaged.
During Nicholas II (Николай II, Николай Александрович Романов) reign from 1st November 1894 to 15th March 1917.
On the obverse there is portrait of Emperor Nicholas II with the text “By the kindness of God Nicholas II Emperor and despot of all the Russia” (Б. М. Николаи II имрераторъ и самодежецъ всеросс).
On the reverse there is palm and oak leave half wreath next to it text “For Zeal” (За Усердіе).
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