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Russia, Elizabeth I, 6 December 1741 - 5 January 1762
At the age of thirty-three, this naturally indolent and self-indulgent woman, with little knowledge and no experience, found herself at the head of a great empire at one of the most critical periods of its existence. Fortunately for herself and for Russia, with all her shortcomings (documents often waited months for her signature), Elizabeth inherited some of her father's genius. What sometimes appeared as irresolution and procrastination, was often a wise delay of judgment. She led Russia during the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War. She encouraged foundation of the University of Moscow and the Imperial Academy of Arts. The Winter Palace and the Smolny Cathedral are the chief monuments of her reign. Elizabeth is one of the most popular Russian monarchs due to her opposition to Prussian policies and her abstinence from executing a single person during her reign.WO66129. Bronze 5 Kopecks, Krause C59.1, no mintmark, oblique milled edge, F, weight 46.411 g, maximum diameter 41.2 mm, die axis 0o, Ekaterinburg or Sestroretsk mint, 1761; obverse crowned Ekaterina Tsarina II imperial monogram (ligate stylized ET II), 17-61 flanking across field, all within wreath with olive branch on the left, laurel branch on the right, open at the top, tied at the bottom; reverse coat of arms of Russia: facing double-headed eagle, wearing two crowns, third crown above, wings open, scepter in left talon, globus cruciger in right, shield with St. George on horseback right slaying dragon on breast,no mintmark, "Five Kopeks" in Russian on banner below; huge bronze; SOLD
Russia, Catherine II the Great, 9 July 1762 - 17 November 1796
Catherine the Great was a German princess who became Empress of Russia following a coup d'ťtat and 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. The Empire added about 200,000 square miles, including Russian America in Alaska. She was the longest-ruling and is the most renowned female leader of Russia. 5 kopecks was equal to 1/100th of a ruble.GI87404. Copper 5 Kopecks, Krause C59.3, VF, attractive brown tone, bumps, marks and scratches; milled reticulated edge, weight 57.619 g, maximum diameter 42.9 mm, die axis 0o, Ekaterinburg mint, 1796 (low mintage year); obverse crowned Ekaterina Tsarina II imperial monogram (ligate stylized ET II), 17-96 flanking across field, all within wreath with olive branch on the left, laurel branch on the right, tied at the bottom; reverse coat of arms of Russia: facing double-headed eagle, wearing two crowns, wings open, scepter in left talon, globus cruciger in right, shield with St. George on horseback right slaying dragon on breast, crown above, E - M (mintmark) flanking tail, "Five Kopeks" in Russian on banner below; huge 43 mm bronze; SOLD
Russia, Nicholas I, 1 December 1825 - 2 March 1855
Nicholas I was Emperor of Russia, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Finland. He was key to the rise of Russia as a world power and the creation of an independent Greece. His victory in the Russo-Turkish War hastened the disintegration of the aging Ottoman Empire. Before his death, during the Crimean War, the Russian Empire reached its zenith, spanning over 20 million square kilometers.WO66131. Copper 5 Kopecks, Krause C140.1, VF, weight 22.281 g, maximum diameter 36.4 mm, die axis 0o, Ekaterinburg mint, mintmaster Fedor Khvochinski, 1832; obverse coat of arms of Russia: facing double-headed eagle, wearing three crowns, wings open, Φ - X flanking tail, 1832. below; reverse 5 KOPECKS in Russian, E.M. (mintmark) below; SOLD