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Why order this Antiqued Smithsonian Russian Beard Token?
In an effort to modernize Russia to Western standards, Peter the Great instituted a tax on men who wanted to wear beards. The amount of the tax varied based on the social status of the person taxed, with peasants charged 2.5 kopeks when they entered a city and others paying 60-100 rubles every year. Those who paid the tax had to carry tokens indicating that they had done so. The Smithsonian holds some of the rare original examples and officially licensed these replica medals. These tokens were struck by the Shire Post Mint, experts in antiqued coin striking methods. 15,000 copper medals were struck, each one from the same 4.9 g of copper as the original tokens.
Authentic Beard Token Design
The designs for both faces of this medal were taken from the original beard tokens, save for one element on the reverse. (Money Taken) is inscribed in Cyrillic at the top. It means that the holder had paid the beard tax. Below is part of a bearded face, which also includes a mustache.
A Russian Imperial Eagle stands atop the reverse. Below the image is the date of the medal, again inscribed in Cyrillic: Year 2019. The new design element is the Smithsonian Sun counterstamp, which is at the bottom. The Smithsonian counterstamp is included in the location in which counterstamps (indicating that a second or third year's tax had been paid) would have been located on the originals.
Stunning GEM Uncirculated Exclusive Smithsonian Label
This medal was certified to be in GEM uncirculated condition, which means that it has stunning mint luster, a sharp strike, and above average eye appeal. This certification is provided on a label that bears the Smithsonian's logo.
Add this Antiqued Copper Smithsonian Russian Beard Token to your collection today.
This 2019 2019 Smithsonian Russian Beard Token Copper Antiqued Medal NGC GEM Uncirculated Exclusive Smithsonian Label is proudly minted by the Shire Post Mint. The Shire Post Mint is a small, family-run mint located in the state of Arkansas. It produces pop culture themed products utilizing antique minting techniques.
|Year of Issue:||2019|
|Mint:||Shire Post Mint|
|Label/Signature:||Exclusive Smithsonian Label|
|Weight in Grams:||4.9 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.1575 oz|
|Obverse Design:||Bearded Face|
|Reverse Design:||Russian Imperial Eagle with Smithsonian Counterstamp|
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