Author Topic: Russia: Ivan IV (1547-1584) AR Kopek, Pskov (Клещинов-Гришин 79)  (Read 165 times)

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Russia: Ivan IV Vasilyevich Grozny (1547-1584) AR Kopek, Pskov (Клещинов-Гришин 79)

Obv: Ivan IV on horseback to right; ΓP below
Rev: Cyrillic inscription in five lines - ЦРЬИ \\ КНSЬВЕ \\ ЛИКIИBA \\ НЪВСЕЯ \\ РУСИ (Царь и Князь Великий Иван всея Руси; Tsar and Grand Prince Ivan of all Rus)

A high-resolution image of this coin is available at FORVM Ancient Coins

A gallery of my coins can been seen at FORVM Ancient Coins

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Old Russian coins are my yardstick for a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: Badly struck coins with Cyrillic letters shaped differently, in old spelling, inaccessible to modern Russian speakers, with hard to access catalogues, filled with minor varieties.

That said, your coin is not just very well struck, it is also wonderfully identified. I can work my way back from modern Russian to old Russian to what's on the coin. There would have been no way I could have gone the other way around.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.