12 Rubles, Russia, 1840

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Minted in Russia in 1840, this coin worth 12 rubles was issued during the reign of Nicholas I. Married to Charlotte (Alexandra Fedorovna) of Prussia, Nicholas I ruled from 1825 to his death on March 2, 1855. He led the Russian army unsuccessfully in the Crimean War, but helped defeat the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Turkish War (1828-29). Under his rule, the Russian Empire spanned over 7.7 million square miles. Obverse text: 12 Rubles to the silver / 1840 SPB / 9 zlot. / 68 shares of pure Ural platinum
Obverse image: No obverse image.
Reverse text: No reverse inscription.
Reverse image: Center the Russian coat-of-arms, a two-headed eagle wearing a shield with a mounted figure of Saint George, the imperial crowns on each head stand for the unity and sovereignty of Russia, the orb and scepter grasped in the eagle's toes are traditional heraldic symbols.
date made
Nicholas I Emperor of Russia
issuing authority
Nicholas I Emperor of Russia
place made
Rossiya: Rossiya
associated place
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: .2 cm x 3.1 cm; 3/32 in x 1 7/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Willis H. du Pont
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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