1/2 Poltina, Russia, 1726


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.

Date Made: 1726

Ruler: Catherine I

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Russia

See more items in: Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection, Russian Coins and Jetons, Coins, Currency and Medals, Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich Collection


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Credit Line: Willis H. du Pont

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.NU62749.2Catalog Number: NU62749.2Accession Number: 228217

Object Name: coinpattern

Physical Description: copper (overall material)Measurements: overall: .1 cm x 2.2 cm; 1/32 in x 7/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-15fb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1440111

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