Beard Token, Russia, 1705

Beard Token, Russia, 1705

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Description (Brief)
One (1) beard token
Russia, 1705
Obverse Image: Nose and lips with mustache and beard. Leaf border around.
Obverse Text: ДЕНГИ ВЗИТЬІ [Money Collected]
Reverse Image: Double-headed eagle with leaf border.
Reverse Text: АΨЕ ГОДУ [Year 1705]
Description
In the late 17th century, Russian Emperor Peter I instituted a tax on beards because he regarded them as in poor taste when compared with modern fashions in Europe. Any man who wanted to keep his beard was forced to pay a tax and carry a token. The token depicts a beard and mustache.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
token
date made
1705
associated date
1705
head of government
Peter I
place made
Russia
associated place
Russia
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall:.2 cm x 2.35 cm; 3/32 in x 15/16 in
ID Number
NU.NU61632.3
accession number
2104914
catalog number
NU61632.3
Credit Line
Willis H. du Pont
subject
Mikhailovich
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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