Ruble, Russia, 1825

The Constantine ruble is one of eight known coins minted in anticipation of Constantine's ascending the throne after his brother's death. However, Constantine declined the throne but the coins depicting him as Czar escaped the melt down. Today these are the only reminders of this twist in history. It was made at the Saint Petersburg Mint. This ruble has edge calibration marks.
Obverse image: portrait of Constantine (brother of emperors Alexander I and Nicholas I).
Reverse text: the initials C.H.E.
Reverse image: Center the Russian coat-of-arms, a two-headed eagle wearing a shield with a mounted figure of Saint George. Imperial crowns on each eagle head stands for the unity and sovereignty of Russia, the orb and scepter grasped in the eagle's toes are traditional heraldic symbols.
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Pattern Coin
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Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: .2 cm x 3.6 cm; 3/32 in x 1 13/32 in
place made
Rossiya: Rossiya, Saint Petersburg
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Russian Coins and Jetons
Coins, Currency and Medals
The Value of Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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