The Russian Empire was once among the largest empires in the world, surpassed in size only by the British Empire and the Mongol Empire. One of the most famous gold coins issued by the Russian Empire during its nearly 200-year existence was the gold rouble, also spelled ruble like the modern Russian currency. Right now, 5 Rouble Gold Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you within protective plastic!
- Struck between 1897 and 1911!
- Issued by the St. Petersburg Mint!
- Consists of .1244 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- Bears a face value of 5 Roubles backed by the government of Russia.
- Obverse depicts a left-profile portrait of Nicholas II.
- Reverse includes the Russian imperial eagle design.
Each of the 5 Rouble Gold Coins available for purchase here today comes from the era of the Russian Empire. Gold coins were struck for the empire primarily by the Imperial Mint at St. Petersburg and featured a face value in the imperial denomination of roubles. Today, the Russian Federation continues the use of this currency, but spells it as rubles and does not issue a gold coin.
The 5 Rouble Gold Coin was most commonly issued during the latter stages of the Russian Empire’s existence. Tsar Nicholas II was reigning as the Emperor of Russia during the time these gold coins were issued, with his rule extending from November 1894 until March 1917 when he abdicated in the face of the communist revolution. These gold coins were issued from 1897, the year following his official coronation, until 1911 as World War I dawned on the horizon.
On the obverse of the 5 Rouble Gold Coin is a portrait of Nicholas II. He is featured here in left-profile relief in a clean portrait with just his image and the name of the nation of issue. Nicholas II was the last ruler of the House of Hanover and his rule coincided with the economic collapse of the empire, numerous military defeats, and the end of the monarchy following the Russian Revolution of 1917.
The reverse side of the 5 Rouble Gold Coin bears the double-headed eagle closely associated with the Russian imperial age. The symbol was used in Russia as early as 1472, but it is most commonly associated with the Tsarist rule of the Russian Empire between 1721 and 1917. The double-headed eagle in this particular depiction features a crown atop each eagle head with a singular crown above. The image originated during the time of the Roman Empire, with the double-headed eagle symbolizing dominion over both West and East, with one bird looking each direction.
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