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Russian Empire, Peter I the Great, Ruble 1723

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Russian Empire, Peter I the Great, Ruble 1723 (obverse) Russian Empire, Peter I the Great, Ruble 1723 (reverse)

Around 1700,the Russian Tsar Peter I (1682/9-1725) traveled Western Europe. After his return, he began to open Russia to the West. Peter introduced a new, decimal currency system based on rubles and kopecks. With this he tried to link Russia's economy with the rest of Europe. The obverse of this heavy ruble it weighs about 28 grams bears the portrait of the tsar. The reverse depicts his monogram arranged into a cross. The abiding people of Russia often wore such rubles as amulets around the neck.

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