I recently acquired a small old Russian gold coin.
I don't collect Russian coins--
This was strictly an impulse buy.
I liked it when I saw it. It's in wonderful condition for it's age
(1901), and seems to show every detail of the czar's profile, the
national emblem on the reverse, and all it's letters & numerals.
I'm embarrased to say that, like many of my collector friends, I have
reference books on U.S. coins and a reasonable working knowledge of U.S.
coins, but I know little of foreign coins, and almost nothing about
Russian & Soviet-era coinage.
This is a 5-rouble, 1901 gold piece, --just a trifle larger than an
Can anyone tell me anything about it?
It's gold content (percentage, weight) etc??
It's history? What alloy might be part of this?
(It's grade, IMO, is perhaps "extra-fine").
..also: can anyone recommend a simple comprehensive reference book on
foreign coins (for a collector of US coins?)