OBVERSE: "E" AND "T", (EKATERINA TSARINA)
REVERSE: ROMANOV DOUBLE-HEADED EAGLE, SURROUNDING ST. GEORGE SLAYING THE DRAGON
The most common 5 kopek coin of this type dated 1763 were struck at the Ekaterinburg Mint. The
mintmark is "EM" and appears on the reverse separated by an eagle with open wings. The obverse
shows a crowned monogram that divides the date surrounded by a wreath. The coin was minted under
Catherine the Great, who was Czarina of Russia from 1763 to 1796.
Catherine was renowned for her vast expansion of Russian territory, the great modernization of
Russian society and her famed exploits with men. She should also be noted for her large sized coins.
She believed that coins should contain their intrinsic value in metal.
The 5 Kopek was a sizable sum in
those days, hence a sizable coin. These big, thick copper 5 Kopek coins are almost 1 3/4 inches in
diameter. A pocket full of these would really weigh you down! The obverse has Catherine's
monogram and the date. The reverse shows the two headed Russian Eagle.
The Romanov crest differs from that of other reigns and no later Romanov coin can match its' majestic
44mm size and 2-oz. heft. The coronation chain surrounds the St. George and the Dragon inset on the
double-headed eagle's breast. The empress's monogram is inscribed in florid lettering.
KMC#59.3 5 kopek W: 46 to 58 g D: 40 -44 mm
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