From Pushkin to Gagarin
The once popular bimetallic commemorative 10-ruble coins are now fading into the background. For some reason, collectors have recently become more interested in commemorative coins made of non-precious metals. One…

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Coins and art
When the state treasurer put his stamp on a small piece of metal, he cared not only to record the purity and weight of the metal with this action, but…

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Coins of Alexander of Macedon
The great victories of Alexander the Great were nothing more than an era of transition in the ancient world. The coins perfectly demonstrated his rule, various campaigns, famous battles and…

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Golden profile of Nicholas II. Last coins of the last king

The tradition of portrait gold and silver coins was renewed under Nicholas II. The last Russian emperor, the representative of the house of the Romanovs, was very beautiful. Undoubtedly, his noble profile was worthy of being imprinted on metal.

Under Nicholas II, all gold and silver coins again became portrait, in contrast to small money, which was intended for the lower strata of society. The hands of representatives of the noble class should not touch the royal profile. Continue reading

Numismatic collection storage

The first problem that a numismatist faces when storing her collection is protection against thieves, because, as a rule, the collection itself is more valuable than each of its individual exhibits. It is not always safe to keep it at home, however, many people do just that, installing hidden and heavy safes. It is much easier to insure the collection against theft and deposit it in a specialized service for the storage of valuable things, which are currently very diverse.

The second question that concerns the coin collector is how to store it: in what conditions. Continue reading

The largest mints of the USSR

With the emergence of the Soviet Union, or rather, with its unification of individual republics, a new problem emerged, which was where exactly it was necessary to mint coins, make memorable signs, and so on. However, soon a solution was found, and it was that the production of insignia, as well as metal money, would be distributed between the country’s largest mint yards – the St. Petersburg Mint, the Moscow Mint and the Kiev Mint.

St. Petersburg Mint was one of the largest mints, not only in the Soviet Union, but throughout the world. Not only coins were minted here, but also insignia, orders, badges, medals and so on were made. Continue reading

Coins of Ivan the Terrible
A small miniature from the Russian annals of the 17th century depicts the process of making coins. From this it is known that silver billets were first smelted in a…

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Western coins in the territory of Russia
From the middle of the tenth century, the mass distribution of silver coins of Western Europe to the lands of Eastern Europe began, and to a large extent this affected…

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Novice Guide
The most difficult thing in any business is to start. An experienced person does not ask such questions, he already knows everything and intuitively performs the necessary actions. From the…

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The largest mints of the USSR
With the emergence of the Soviet Union, or rather, with its unification of individual republics, a new problem emerged, which was where exactly it was necessary to mint coins, make…

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