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Lake Baikal gold treasure

“Glorious Sea, the Sacred Baikal”, that is how the “Baikal hymn” written by Dimitrij Davydov starts. The lake is affectionately referred to as “Pearl of Siberia” since it is the world’s biggest freshwater reservoir. Lake Baikal is... more ]

Numismatics in Russia

What is it like when a government claims a monopoly on his culture? The real socialism in the former Soviet Union gives an appalling impression about what happens if the state prohibits any private collecting.
Vasily Gerasimov, distinguished expert on the Russian coin scene, provides a close up view of the Russian numismatic world – during socialism and today... more ]

Peter the Great as his nation’s barber

During the cultural revolution Peter the Great brought Russia, not only institutions were put in the crosshairs but the country’s population as well. The beard had to go – literally speaking... more ]

The Battle of Poltava and a medal of Peter the Great

Once upon a time, there were two boozing companions hatching a plot how to deprive a juvenile of a part of his inheritance. What sounds like a perfect scenario for a Dickens novel can turn out tragic for entire peoples with the two buddies fond of tippling happen to rule Russia and Poland… more ]

Splendor of a dynasty – the five family roubles of Tsar Nicholas I (1825-1855)

King Louis’ I “historic thaler” made impression in Russia and left it’s marks. Tsar Nicholas I struck similar coins with his family on the reverse. How this happened and why there are five different types you can read here... more ]

Schaffhausen and Russia

On June 20, 2012 in Schaffhausen an exhibition was opened in occasion of 25 years Sturzenegger Foundation. In these years the numismatic department too has received many important acquisitions as for instance this jefímok on a Schaffhausen taler from the Tobler collection. more ]

The Imperial Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called

On 4 October, 2014, auction house Künker will conduct its 10th sale of orders and decorations under #253 in Osnabrück. Part of the sale is a piece that breaks all records. The insignia of the Imperial Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called are estimated at 750,000 euros! more ]

Prussian Spirit in Tsarist Russia

Peter III had ruled Russia for just six months. For this reason virtually all of his coins are rare. Künker will offer a very rare 10 rouble piece of that ruler in his sale 264 on June 25. It depicts Peter Prussian-style. more ]

200.000 Swiss Francs for the “family rouble”, this is a worthy price for the testimony of the happy marriage between Tsar Nicholas I and Princess Charlotte of Prussia

Russian coins are highly popular. The global economy crisis seems to have had no impact on them at all. Therefore... more ]

Anna was a coveted treasure: 410,000 Euros for her rouble is the German auction record

The Osnabruck Auction House Künker has achieved a new record hammer price of ... more ]

Russian Eggs found in the Southern Pacific

The Mint of Poland releases a series of collector coins dedicated to the Imperial Fabergé Eggs in the name of Niue Island... more ]

Morton & Eden: Orders awarded to the man who sold Alaska

Awards from a grateful Czar heaped upon the diplomat who negotiated the deal for the United States to buy Alaska from Russia are to be sold by specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden in London on Friday June 10, 2011... more ]

A collector coin to honour the skills of Fabergé’s Finnish goldsmith

In spring 2012, the Mint of Finland and the Ministry of Finance are planning to issue a collector coin commemorating the skills of Finnish master goldsmiths. The coin would feature two of the famous imperial Easter eggs of Fabergé’s linked to the name of the Finnish smith Henrik Wigström... more ]

Numismatic discovery: 1766 Rouble of Catherine II linked to official portrait

At The New York Sale XXVII-XXIX in January 2012 Baldwin’s is going to offer a 1766 Rouble of Catherine II. Recently it has been discovered that the portrait of the Tsarina pictured on the coin is to be linked to a monumental portrait. The coin is estimated to sell for around $ 1,000,000... more ]

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