Russia, 7 1/2 Gold Rouble

6.4516 g, .900 gold, .1867 oz AGW, Y63

1897, One year type

Nicholas the Second was the last Czar of Russia. He was forced to sign a document of abdication on March 16, 1917, after being brought down by political unrest and widespread starvation stemming from Russia’s staggering losses in WWI. The czar, his wife Alexandra, their four daughters and son Alexis, heir to the throne, were held prisoner by the Bolsheviks for several months at Tsarskoye Selo palace near Petrograd. The black and white photograph on the left shows Nicholas II under guard in the park at Tsarskoye Selo. In August 1917, the family was transported to distant Siberia to prevent any attempt to restore them to the throne. In July 1918, the entire royal family was executed by local Communists (they called themselves Bolsheviks) in the city of Ekaterenburg. In 1918 Bolsheviks issued a decree ordering citizens of Russia to turn in all gold coins to the State. So owning this coin was punishable by imprisonment if you are lucky ones. Otherwise you would be executed as an enemy of the State. Nice logic ! Think about it. Now you can own this very affordable coin.

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