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#1 DAJ

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 12:58 AM

Greetings:

 

 

I was not aware of this coin until recently - but instantly intrigued with Alexander II producing this coin honoring Alexander I.

 

If one were to do that, it seems an odd denomination for doing so.  The bust appears to be the same as that on the Borodino roubles.

 

Note:  I like coins with images of Tsars, so this in particular caught my interest.

 

Can anyone provide any thoughts or conjecture about the intentions with this coin?  Best - Dwight

 



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Posted 17 April 2017 - 05:45 AM

Can we see it? I guess it's one of these: https://www.m-dv.ru/...d,29/types.html as a novodel?



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Posted 17 April 2017 - 04:10 PM

That is the coin, thanks. There are like three varieties in Bitkin but i have not had the patience to try to discern the difference.  All are R1 or greater.  Again, thanks.



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 08:55 PM

Don't claim to know the real story behind the coin.  My guess is that Russia, like some other countries at that time, experimented with making a cheaper more durable minor to keep up with growing demand for coins.  Silver was still in relatively short supply in Russia at that time.  A few years earlier Russia exchanged a large quantity of gold coins for silver minors minted in Paris.

 

As to displaying bust of Alexander I on the coin it is likely due to his role in Napoleon's defeat and restoration of European order.  In 1870, European order was once again shaken, and the coin displaying Alexander I could have been a gentle message from Alexander II...






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