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Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich - Some collection Items
"Courtesy of Smithsonian - National Museum of American History collection..."
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A small slice of Russian history from a collection of Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich



1505–1533 gold grivna of Vassili III Ivanovich
St. George (one of Russian emblems) and a double headed eagle (adopted, late Byzantine rulers' emblem),
symbolically appear on one coin - similar to Vassilii's seal by design.



1704 rouble of Peter I on British crown -
foreign coins were used as blanks at the start of of production of large round coins in early XVIII c.



1705 polupoltinnik of Peter I -
Bares a collector's countermark (from a former Hutten Czapski's collection)


Two 1705 Beard Tokens -
"Money Taken" tokens, issued in АΨЕ year during the reign of Peter the Great. All who wanted to keep their beard in St. Petersburg, had to pay tax, receiving such a token as proof that tax was paid. The next year the same token could have been used adding to it a countermark making it valid again


1710 Denga MD of Peter I -
supper rare copper, as all trial coins. Bares Hutten Czapski's collector's countermark




1722 2 silver roubles (novodel) -
an unusual double-rouble value for Russian silver coins




1726 polpoltiny (25 kopecks) of Catherine I -
model coin for future strikes




1726 polpoltiny (25 kopecks) of Catherine I -
Sweden experimented with copper plate money in the past, now it was a Russian turn after the death of Peter the Great. It was a brief experiment that produced large and heavy copper plate coinage in silver denomination and were abandoned nonetheless



1730 polupoltinnik of Anna -
Very rare trial coin. Rarety: Bitkin R4, Petrov - 250 roubles, Ilyin - 300.



1756 gold ruble of Elizabeth I -
another very rare trial coin with a mark from the former Hutten Czapski's collection.
Small gold denominations were minted mainly for Elisaveta Petrovna's court's gaming needs.
Rarety: Bitkin R4, Petrov - 300 roubles, Ilyin - 200



1760 1 kopeck Elizabetht I -
very rare trial coin of Elisaveta Petrovna. Rarety: Ilyin - 300 roubles.
The issue, aimed at doubling the value of coins with the same weight, was realised only in 1762 by Peter III.



1763 denga of Catherine II
very rare trial copper coin from Petersburg mint (S-PM). Rarety: Petrov - 100 roubles, Ilyin - 200



1782 Medal of Catherine II -
medal commemorating opening of “Bronze Horseman” Peter the Great monument was struck in tifferent sizes and metals



1796 pattern rouble of Paul I -
Unlike this excellent coin, later novodels have portrait imperfection. Rarity: Bitkin - R4.



1798 Jefimok - trial trade ruble of Paul I -
inside the square there is a romanticised Moto that reads: "Not unto us, not unto us, but into Your name”. This is a shotten version of a psalm: "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake”. This Moto was used by knights of Maltese order in the face of a battle. Paul I was arguably the last Grand Master of this order.



1801 pattern rouble with a portrait of Alexander I
Coin bares collector's countermark (from a former Hutten Czapski's collection)



1801 rouble "АИ" (trial) Alexander I
Rarity: Bitkin - R3, Petrov - 300, Ilyin - 250 roubles.



1825 Constantine rouble -
has edge calibration marks. Minted in anticipation of Constantine's ascending the throne. Throne was declined and almost all coins were melted down.




1836 Nicholas I Family 1.5 rubles / 10 zlotych -
The only coin with Nicholas I portrait depicting his entire family, including GM’s father, Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich (at 7 o’clock)



1840 12 rubles platinum - Nicholas I
Platinum is a much harder material to mint coins on and was used for a very short time.



1845 rouble (pattern) of Nicholas I
Coin bares collector's countermark (from a former Hutten Czapski's collection)
Rarety: Bitkin - R4, Ilyin - 200 roubles.



1862 Petrograd-Warsaw Railway Jeton



1876 25 Rubles in gold of Alexander II
(not known at all, in some catalogs)



1891 French Exhibit in Moscow
Struck during the reign of Alexander III. Commemorates one of World’s Fairs in 1891.



1895 15 rusov or imperial in gold of Nicholas II
Rus – was the new proposed name for a lighter gold rouble, where imperial (old 10 roubles) would become new 15 roubles,
making a rouble similar to a French franc. This reform took place in 1897 without changing the rouble’s name.



1909 50th Anniversary of Ilyin's Cartography Establishment - GM Medal
Presented to Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich (baring his name). Silver medal with gold roman "L" (for 50).



1911 copy of Peter I Uniface Jeton
A copy of a personal token that depicts Peter I. A calling card of a wealthy individual, who would leave it on a tray in a foyer of an establishment.

Adopted information and photographs are courtesy of:
1) americanhistory.si.edu:
...a) The Willis H. duPont - Georgii Mikhailovich Collection of Russian Coins and Medals
...b) Smithsonian: The National Musium of Amirican History (image archives)
2) iipdigital.usembassy.gov "Smithsonian Rare Russian Coin Collection Seeks Exhibition Sponsor" 2009


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