The Medal was instituted on August 26, 1856 during the reign of Tsar Alexander II to commemorate the War of 1853-1856 and was officially known under the name of "Medal for the Eastern War".
The obverse of the light bronze medal shows the interwining, crowned ciphers of the Emeperors Nicholas I and Alexander II topped by the all-seeing eye emanating flaming rays. The dates: "1853-1854-1855-1856" are placed under the ciphers.
The reverse of the Medal is plain except for an inscription signifying: "We have Set Our Hopes in Thee O Lord, Let Us Never Be Ashamed."
Diameter: 28 mm.
Metal: Light Bronze
Ribbon: Modern Suspension with correct St. George ribbon.