Minted in Russia in 1726, near the end of Catherine I's reign, this experimental half poltina was created to test a new metallic composition. The note attached to the coin describes the new formulation. Catherine I ruled from 1725 to her death in 1727.
Obverse text: Half poltina / 1726 SPB
Obverse image: Portrait of Catherine I
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. 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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