All gold and silver coins issued in the days of the Russian Emperor Nicholas 2 are a part of the world cultural and historical heritage as they played an important role in the global historical processes. They were involved in the secret diplomacy such as the procurement of weapons during the World War I, they've been captured by the interned Czechs and later on the legendary 'white Russian' general Kolchak deposited one third of the gold reserves of the Russian Empire in the banks of Japan, US and Canada. Bolsheviks used that money to bypass the embargo of the Soviets and to pay for the industrialization of the new revolutionary Russia. These historical coins of the Russian Empire have witnessed dramatic events and became a focal point of a number of real-life detective stories of the World War II, when such coins made up the bulk of the gold reserves of a number of European countries that ended up fighting each other on the opposite sides of the trenches. The coins described in this article were the last gold and silver coins of the Russian Empire and were closely associated with the Romanov Family. They embodied the prosperity and the power of the Russian Empire, have always been valued as the very best and reliable currency, and were in free circulation until 1917.
Russian gold ruble coins minted under the Tsar Nicholas 2 are the only gold coins of the Central and Eastern Europe dating back to the late 19-early 20 century still famous and prized all over the world due to their excellent quality and the highest degree of protection against counterfeiting that's in no way inferior to the most advanced modern security features. These coins are a part of the fascinating history of the Great Russian Empire and its royal family and they have a fixed dollar equivalent at any given time. The value of the last coins of the Russian Empire is steadily increasing with time as they become precious historical artifacts representing remote historical events that fade away in the human memory. Each year makes these coins more rare and appreciated.
Golden Flamingo is selling modern jewelry produced in the Russian cities graced over a hundred years ago by the workshops of the famous jeweler of the Russian royal family Carl Faberge and the royal mints issuing golden and silver rubles bearing a bas-relief profile of the Tsar Nicholas 2 for whom Carl Faberge produced his inspired masterpieces that marked every event in the life of the Russian Royal Family and of the Russian Empire. That gave the idea to Mr. Boris Novosselov, the founder of the Golden Flamingo Company, to create a line of Russian gold coin jewelry to prove that the great lineage of Carl Faberge is still alive and that the present-time Russian jewelers have safeguarded and honed the unique skills, secrets of trade and the artistic traditions of the generations of brilliant jewelers of the early 20th century. This unique line of coin jewelry by Golden Flamingo including pendants, bracelets, cuff-links and rings with historical Russian gold rubles dating back to the era of the Russian Tsar Nicholas 2 and Carl Faberge is helping preserve the world cultural heritage and the Russian history.
Weight and Content of Precious Metals Are Guaranteed by the Imperial Mint.
Avers of the most gold and silver coins minted in 1895-1915 is similar and carries the relief with the portrait of Russian Tsar Nicholas 2 and the inscription: 'BY THE GRACE OF GOD NICHOLAS 2, EMPEROR AND RULER OF ALL RUSSIA'.
The reverse of the majority of the coins carries a small State Emblem of the Russian Empire in the form of a two-headed eagle, holding the scepter and the orb. The breast of the eagle has the coat of arms of the city of Moscow framed by the chain of the Order of St. Andrew. The crown above the head of the eagle is decorated with ribbons. The wings of the eagle serve as the background for eight coats of arms of the kingdoms that made up the Empire: Kazan, Poland, Chersonesos, Georgia, Siberia, the Grand Duchies of Kiev, Novgorod and (united) Vladimir and the Grand Duchy of Finland. The face value and the year of issue are found under the emblem. The milled edge of the coin is decorating with a symbol reminiscent of the 'Greek key' (5 ruble), or contains an impressed inscription on the content of pure gold (7 ruble 50 kopeck, 10 ruble and 15 ruble), or on the content of pure silver (50 kopeck and one ruble) and the initials münzmeister (mintmaster) of the Imperial Mint of Saint Petersburg who supervised the minting. E. g. АГ (AG) stands for Apollon Grasgof (1895-1899), ФЗ (FZ) stands for Felix Zaleman (1899-1901), АР (AR) for Alexander Redko (1901-1905), ЭБ (EB) for Elikum Babayantz (1899, 1906-1913), and ВС (VS) for Victor Smirnov (1912-1915). The silver coins of the Russian Empire that have been ordered in France have one star on the edge, and those ordered in Belgium have two star on their edge instead of the initials of the münzmeister.
The total weight of the coin in mint condition 4.3013g. The content of pure gold 3.87g or 0.1244ozt (1 troy ounce-31.1g).
Assay: 900.0 (21.6K)
History of the coin: Minted from 1897 until 1911. The most desirable rare coins date back to 1906 (only 10 pieces were minted that year, their current auction price is $75,000.00 US). Only 109 coins altogether were minted by 1907. Current auction price of the coins minted in 1907 is $17,500.00 US. 31,000 coins minted in 1910 are of a special interest, as well as 200,000 coins minted in 1910, and another 100,000 coins minted in 1911.
The total weight of the coin in mint condition 6.4516g. The content of pure gold 5.81g or 0.1867ozt.
Assay: 900.0 (21.6K)
History of the coin: This rare coin was minted only in 1897. The issue was limited to 16 MLN 829,000 coins.
The edge carries the inscription: '1 ZOLOTNIK 34.68 UNITS OF PURE GOLD'.
The total weight of the coin in mint condition 8.6026g. The content of pure gold 7.74g or 0.2489ozt.
Assay: 900.0 (21.6K)
History of the coin: Minted from 1898 until 1911. The coins minted in 1906 are the rarest (as 10 pieces only were minted). 50,000 coins minted in 1909 are of a special interest, as well as 100,000 coins minted in 1910, and another 50,000 coins minted in 1911.
The edge carries the inscription: '1 ZOLOTNIK 78.24 UNITS OF PURE GOLD'.
Size: 24.52mm diameter, 1.9mm thickness.
The total weight of the coin in mint condition 12.9039g. The content of pure gold 11.61g or 0.3734ozt.
Assay: 900.0 (21.6K)
History of the coin: This coin is the most topmost rarity of the gold coins issued for mass circulation under the last Russian Tsar Nicholas 2. It was minted only in 1897 and the number of the minted coins (only 11MLN 900,000) was rather limited given the immensity of the country.
The edge carries the inscription: '2 ZOLOTNIK 69.36 UNITS OF PURE GOLD'.
Size: 27mm diameter, 1.9mm thickness.
The total weight of the coin in mint condition 10g. The content of pure silver 9g.
History of the coin: Minted from 1895 until 1915 in Saint Petersburg and Paris.
The edge carries the inscription: '2 ZOLOTNIK 10.5 UNITS PURE SILVER'.
Size: 33.8mm diameter, 2.6mm thickness.
The total weight of the coin in mint condition 20g. The content of pure silver 18g.
History of the coin: Minted from 1895 until 1915 in Saint Petersburg, Paris and Brussels.
The edge carries the inscription: '4 ZOLOTNIK 21 UNITS PURE SILVER'.