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Russian Gold 5 Ruble, BU
Czar Nicholas II design (Minted 1897-1911)
Russian 5 Ruble gold coins are fascinating relics of Imperial Russia. Containing a little over one-tenth of an ounce of gold, they are slightly smaller than a dime. Minted from 1897 to 1911, they offer an established collector premium over their gold value yet they are inexpensive in todayís market. Our limited stock of these scarce coins is very well-struck and lustrous in choice Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition. Fantastic for sets!
The Last Czar
Nicholas II (1868-1918), the last Czar of Russia, ruled from 1896 to 1917. Studious and well educated, Nicholas was widely considered to be the most intelligent of his contemporary European monarchs, but contradictions in his character led to inconsistency in his reign. Although gentle, approachable, and undemanding in private life, as a ruler he was arbitrary, unyielding, and almost completely unable to relate his subjects, setting the stage for the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.
The Mad Monk!
Nicholasí reign also saw the rise to power of Grigory Rasputin, the Mad Monk, one of the most scandalous figures in Russian history. A drunken, womanizing Siberian mystic, Rasputin arrived in St. Petersburg in 1911 and quickly became one of the most influential men in Russia, virtually ruling while Nicholas was away at war. Rasputinís rise was due to his close relationship with the Empress Alexandra and his unique ability to staunch the bleeding of her hemophiliac son, Alexei. In late 1916 a group of aristocrats, believing that only Rasputinís death could save Russia from revolution, had him poisoned, bludgeoned, shot, and stuffed under the heavy ice of a frozen river. Nonetheless, Russia was soon lost. Forced to abdicate March of 1917, Nicholas II and his family were shot to death in Yekatinburg on July 16, 1918.
Easily matched in sets with Nicolas II 10 ruble gold coins, these Russian 5 ruble gold coins are a wonderful tribute to the glory of pre-communist Russia, and deserve a place in every collection!
Russian Gold 5 Rubles, Nicholas II
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|Fine gold content||0.1245 troy oz.|
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