COINAGE OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA
CURIOUS BEARD TOKEN

COURIOUS

The above beard token is genuine however it was gilded. It is not known why this was done but what is done is done.

NORMALLY

After travelling Europe, Peter the Great believed that the Europeanization of Russia was necessary and a prominant non-European indicator was the beard. Peter issued several laws for the taxing of beards. Those paying the tax were inturn issued a token. A token dated 7207th (old slavic year equivalent to 1698) is known as unique. The token above is dated 1705 and is the most common type. Square shaped tokens are known for 1724 and 1725.

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