alexbq2 Posted June 16, 2010 Report Share Posted June 16, 2010 Nicholas the 1st may not have been a very popular ruler among his contemporaries, but I believe him to be extremely popular among the coin collectors. In his 30 years of rule just the copper coin standard changed 4 times! Very popular masonic eagle appeared on gold coins during the reign of his far more popular brother, but stuck around under Nicholas, and even made a brief appearance on copper coins! Also the popular Russo-Polish series appeared under the unkind eye of the emperor Nicholas. I understand he really did not like his Polish subjects, they did not like him either. Perhaps this is the reason why the polish zloty coins retained the portrait of Alexander 1st almost ten years into the rule of Nicholas I? Either Nicholas did not want to appear in Poland under any circumstances – even as a coin, or the Poles would not accept him in their pockets! On top of that, I just (yes it took me awhile) noticed that on the Reverse of these coins his name is spelled Mikolay not Nikolay as I would expect. I suspect that Mikolay is the Polish version of the name Nikolay? Or maybe it was just another “clever” disguise for the Polish coins! You know the portrait of Alexander on the obverse, some obscure tiny reference to some Mikolay king of Poland on the reverse, sort of looks like it has nothing to do with the Russian emperor. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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