12 Poltina, Russia, 1726

1/2 Poltina, Russia, 1726

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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
Obverse image: Small raised bumps indicate the worth of the coin to those who were illiterate.
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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Catherine I
place made
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
overall:.1 cm x 2.6 cm; 1/32 in x 1 1/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Willis H. du Pont
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Russian Coins and Jetons
Coins, Currency and Medals
Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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