Ruble, Russia, 1845

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Minted in Russia in 1845, this pattern ruble 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: Nicholas I the Emperor and Autocrat of all Russia
Obverse image: Portrait of Nicholas I.
Reverse text: 1845 / 4 zlotn. / 21 shares of pure silver
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.
date made
head of government
Nicholas I Emperor of Russia
place made
Rossiya: Rossiya
associated place
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: .2 cm x 3.5 cm; 3/32 in x 1 3/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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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