Ruble, Alexander I

This ruble was minted in Russia in 1801 during the reign of Alexander I. Alexander I reined from 1801 until his death in 1825. He ruled during a chaotic period of the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). During this time Russia acquired Finland and part of Poland.
Obverse text: State Russian coin ruble
Obverse image: Wreath decoration circling inscription.
Reverse text: Coin / ruble / 1796 / year
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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Object Name
date made
Alexander I Emperor of Russia
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: .2 cm x 3.5 cm; 3/32 in x 1 3/8 in
place made
Rossiya: Rossiya
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Coins, Currency and Medals
Russian Coins and Jetons
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Russian Coins and Jetons
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
duPont Collection
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