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Rare coins of Russia in the history of numismatics

The subject of collecting in our world can be anything. From candy wrappers to works of art or cars. Passionate collectors are ready to part with a round sum of money or go to any madness to get a rare specimen. Antique coins - a vivid confirmation of this. Other numismatists are ready to sell their souls in order to be able to replenish their collection with one or another symbol of commodity-money relations of different times. But the coin is different. Undoubtedly, all the banknotes that have ever been in circulation on the territory of the country represent historical value. But here is a numismatic value is represented by rare coins of Russia. Those that have been minted in a limited edition, or those that have survived only in single copies. That's about them we'll talk, and at the same time plunge into the history of metal money in Russia.

The most ancient coins are the princes of Prince Vladimir. It is assumed that they were minted after the baptism of Rus. Up to now, only about 10 pieces have reached, and therefore their value in the collectors' circles will be sky-high, even if the state of the coin is far from ideal.

A unique coin is the Golden Ugric, which appeared under Ivan the Third. The prototype for coinage was the Hungarian ducat. In honor of it, the second name of this coin - ducat appeared.

At the beginning of the 16th century, another extremely rare coin, the hryvnia, was born. The thing is that until this moment the hryvnia was exclusively silver. And under Prince Vasily the Third used gold for the coinage of this coin. On one side of it is depicted George the Victorious, defeating the snake, and on the other - the two-headed eagle. Does not it look like anything? As they say, everything new is a well-forgotten old.

But we will continue to consider such rare coins of Russia as the Golden Ugric coins. In addition to the end of the 15th century, they were minted also under Boris Godunov (chervonets) and under Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich (double golden Ugric). They were created especially for royal awards. Now it is known that only one copy of the first coin has survived and two - the second one.

Until now, it was about coins minted by hand. Peter the Great also introduced mechanical coinage. But not all of its innovations took root. So, in 1718, a double-ruble gold coin was introduced into use, some of which still survive to this day. But her silver analog failed completely.

At the trial stage, there was also "Elisavetin Gold" - a 10-ruble coin, never received approval.

In 1825, rare Russian coins were supplemented by another example, which was not included in the everyday life - "Konstantinovsky ruble". The heir of Alexander the Great was to be the Grand Duke Constantine. The mint leaders hurried and released a silver ruble with his portrait. However, the prince renounced the throne, and the coins were withdrawn from circulation. Now we know only about the six remaining copies.

Of course, this is far from a complete list of samples so desired for numismatists. In the history of Russia there were many more. However, describing the rare coins of Russia, it will be wrong not to mention our days. In modern Russia, too, a lot of rare coins. There are also a lot of collectors who collect them and are not interested in tsarist times. Quite a lot of people whose collections are devoted to a certain topic. Often in such meetings you can meet 10 jubilee rubles. What is their cost? They were released quite a lot, and therefore to get big money for them is unlikely to work. Among modern coins there are also more expensive ones. But that is another topic.

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