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Impressive 1774 Siberian 10 Kopecks

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Siberia. 1774 KM 10 kopecks. Choice Extremely Fine. Reeded edge. A dauntingly large copper coin, one of the largest circulating issues ever struck in this composition, measuring 49 mm in diameter and 4 mm thick. This would seem to have absolutely nothing to do with early America, until one sheds the typical East Coast-centric view of what was "America" in the 18th century. Russians traded up and down the Pacific coast until well into the 19th century, controlling not just Alaska (until 1867), but forts throughout British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and California. When Lewis and Clark arrived in Astoria, Oregon, they found the natives already wearing European trade beads (a type now called "Russian blues") that were acquired from visiting Russians who had preceded them. The range of Russians was as far south as the Bay Area, and excavations at Fort Ross in Sonoma County, California have actually yielded a Siberian 5 kopeck (half this size) of this exact type. The famed sealskin notes of the Russian-American Company included a 10 kopeck denomination, produced for use in Alaska and other settlements in Russian America. This type has long been popular with collectors, regardless of any American relevance it may have, owing to its interesting design (with wolves supporting the royal shield) and fist-filling size. This example, broken out of a way-too-big AU-50 NGC holder (insert still available), exhibits choice deep chocolate color and ideal smooth surfaces. Some old verdigris gathers harmlessly around devices, a testament to this coin's originality. A light lamination crosses the left wolf supporter's snout, and a large die crack is present near the hind legs of the other. The rims are sound and very few contact marks are present, just a couple shallow digs in the lower right reverse field. The sharpness and eye appeal are superb for the issue. This would represent a thought-provoking addition to a collection of "early American coppers" and a reminder that the Pacific coast has nearly as ancient a history of immigration and trade as does the East Coast. 

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 18004

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Siberia. 1774 KM 10 kopecks. Choice Extremely Fine. Reeded edge. A dauntingly large copper coin, one of the largest circulating issues ever struck in this composition, measuring 49 mm in diameter and 4 mm thick. This would seem to have absolutely nothing to do with early America, until one sheds the typical East Coast-centric view of what was "America" in the 18th century. Russians traded up and down the Pacific coast until well into the 19th century, controlling not just Alaska (until 1867), but forts throughout British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and California. When Lewis and Clark arrived in Astoria, Oregon, they found the natives already wearing European trade beads (a type now called "Russian blues") that were acquired from visiting Russians who had preceded them. The range of Russians was as far south as the Bay Area, and excavations at Fort Ross in Sonoma County, California have actually yielded a Siberian 5 kopeck (half this size) of this exact type. The famed sealskin notes of the Russian-American Company included a 10 kopeck denomination, produced for use in Alaska and other settlements in Russian America. This type has long been popular with collectors, regardless of any American relevance it may have, owing to its interesting design (with wolves supporting the royal shield) and fist-filling size. This example, broken out of a way-too-big AU-50 NGC holder (insert still available), exhibits choice deep chocolate color and ideal smooth surfaces. Some old verdigris gathers harmlessly around devices, a testament to this coin's originality. A light lamination crosses the left wolf supporter's snout, and a large die crack is present near the hind legs of the other. The rims are sound and very few contact marks are present, just a couple shallow digs in the lower right reverse field. The sharpness and eye appeal are superb for the issue. This would represent a thought-provoking addition to a collection of "early American coppers" and a reminder that the Pacific coast has nearly as ancient a history of immigration and trade as does the East Coast. 

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 18004

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