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1818, Russia, Emperor Alexander I.  Large Silver Rouble Coin. VF-

Mint Year: 1818 Denomination: Rouble Mint Master:  Paul Stupitzyn (П-С) Mint Place: St. Petersburg (С.П.Б.) Condition: Cleaned, with some remaining deposits, scratches, otherwise a nice VF! Reference: Davenport 281, Harris 242, Bitkin 116, KM-130. Weight: 20.55gm Diameter: 36mm Material: Silver

Obverse: Legend in 4 lines above mint initials (С.П.Б.). All within wreath. Legend: "Pure Silver 4 Zolotniks and 21 Parts" Reverse:Crown above double headed imperial eagle (holding orb and sceptre) with sheld and order at chest. Legend: "Coin Rouble 1818"

Alexander I of Russia ( Aleksandr I Pavlovich) (23 December, 1777 – 19 November, 1825) served as Emperor of Russia from 23 March 1801 to 1 December 1825 and Ruler of Poland from 1815 to 1825, as well as the first Grand Duke of Finland.

He was born in Saint Petersburg to Grand Duke Paul Petrovich, later Emperor Paul I, and Maria Feodorovna, daughter of the Duke of Württemberg. Alexander succeeded to the throne after his father was murdered, and ruled Russia during the chaotic period of the Napoleonic Wars. In the first half of his reign Alexander tried to introduce liberal reforms, while in the second half he turned to a much more arbitrary manner of conduct, which led to the abolishing of many early reforms. In foreign policy Alexander gained certain success, having won several campaigns. In particular under his rule Russia acquired Finland and part of Poland. The strange contradictions of his character make Alexander one of the most interesting Czars. Adding to this, his death was shrouded in mystery, and location of his body remains unknown.

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