Beard Token, Russia, 1705

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This jeton or beard token was issued in 1705 by Peter I. Better known as Peter the Great and a member of the Romanov dynasty, he ruled Russia from 1689-1725. Peter l founded Saint Petersburg in 1703 and brought Western culture to Orthodox Russia. In his new city, men were expected to shave their faces and wear western clothes. Anyone wishing to remain bearded had to pay a high tax and carry this token as proof.
Obverse inscription: ДЕНГИ ВЗИТЬІ ("Money Collected").
Reverse inscription: АΨЕ ГОДУ ("Year 1705").
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date made
associated person
Peter I
place made
Rossiya: Russia
associated place
Rossiya: Rossiya
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: .2 cm x 2.35 cm; 3/32 in x 15/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Willis H. du Pont
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Russian Coins and Jetons
Russian Jetons
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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