1 Pattern Ruble, Alexander I

This pattern ruble was minted in Russia in 1801 during the reign of Alexander I. Alexander I reigned from 1801 until his death in 1825. He ruled during a chaotic period of the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). During that time Russia acquired Finland and a part of Poland.
Obverse image: Portrait of Alexander I.
Reverse text: 1801 / coin / ruble
Reverse image: 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.
Object Name
pattern coin
Pattern coin
date made
head of government
Alexander I Emperor of Russia
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: .2 cm x 3.9 cm; 3/32 in x 1 17/32 in
place made
Rossiya: Rossiya
associated place
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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
Credit Line
Willis H. du Pont
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