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08 May 2016

Catherine The Great

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Catherine II of Russia was born Yekaterina Alexeyevna but is better known as Catherine the Great. She ruled Russia from 1762 till her death in 1796. She came to power after the assassination of her husband Peter III. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe.

She is one of the most successful and influential leaders in world history and deserves further research by anyone interested.

I have wanted an example of this coin for quite some time but even well-worn pieces such as this one typically command large prices. Catalog price for this coin in XF is $750 but typically go higher than this. Of course this coin doesn’t grade anywhere near that high. 

The obverse features a crown bust of Catherine the Great. The reverse has the familiar double headed eagle. This coin is dated 1776 so is also an addition to my set of coins from this year. I am up to about 8 different pieces now.


Pliny The Elder

Level 5

Really neat coin. And I love the way you describe the historical aspect too. It is a historical connection that causes me to collect certain coins.


Level 5

That is an awesome coin! Can you tell me what the double headed eagle symbolize? I am writing about a Maria Theresa Thaler with a double headed eagle and I cant find any solid explanation. Thanks!!!

Pliny The Elder

Level 5

I believe the double headed eagle symbolizes extreme watchfulness, protection.


Level 5

How many people can say they own one of any grade? That makes it all the grander! Never go wrong with collecting what you like!!! Thanks for sharing.


Level 4

Sweet Czarist Russian find!


Level 7

Hi! Nice picup! It's always nice to hold history in your hand. It's also nice to find a coin you've been looking for. Thanks for the picture and the history of the coin. Today I learned something. Thanks for sharing with us. Mike.

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