12 Poltina, Peter I

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This half poltina coin was minted in Russia in 1705 under Peter I. Better known as Peter the Great, he ruled Russia from 1689-1725. Peter l founded Saint Petersburg in 1703 and brought Western culture to Orthodox Russia.
Obverse text: Tsar Peter Alekseyevich the sovereign of all Russia
Obverse image: Small raised bumps indicate the worth of the coin to those who were illiterate.
Reverse text: Half poltina
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.
Currently not on view
date made
Peter I
place made
Rossiya: Rossiya
Physical Description
silver (overall metal)
overall: .1 cm x 2.8 cm; 1/32 in x 1 3/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
duPont Collection
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Russian Coins and Jetons
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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