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1898, Russia, Emperor Nicholas II. Large Silver Rouble Coin. (F+) Brussels mint!

Mint Year: 1898 Denomination: Silver Rouble Reference: Davenport 293, KM-59.1. R! Mint Place: Brussels (privy mark: two stars!) Condition: Rusty deposits, scratches, otherwise a well-circualted F+ Material: Silver (.900) Weight: 19.53gm Diameter: 34mm

Obverse: Head on Nicholas II left. Legend (Translated): "Nicholas II Emperor and Sole Ruler of all Russia" Reverse: Heraldic eagle with shields of provinces (duchies), holding imperial orb and staff . Legend (translated): "Rouble * 1898 Yr."

Nicholas   II of Russia born Nikolay Alexandrovich Romanov (18 May 1868-17 July 1918) was the last Tsar of Russia, King of   Poland, and Grand Duke of Finland. His official title was Nicholas II,   Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias and he is currently regarded as   Saint Nicholas the Passion Bearer by the Russian Orthodox Church.

Nicholas II ruled from 1894 until his abdication in   1917. He proved unable to manage a country in political turmoil and   command its army in World War I. His rule ended with the Russian   Revolution of 1917 in which he and his family were imprisoned first in   the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, then later in the Governor's   Mansion in Tobolsk, and finally at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg.   Nicholas II , his wife , his son , his four daughters, the family's   medical doctor, his personal servant, the Empress' chambermaid and the   family's cook were all murdered in the same room by the Bolsheviks on   the night of 17 July 1918. It is now well documented that this event had   been orchestrated from Moscow by Lenin and the Bolshevik leader Yakov   Sverdlov. This has led to the late Nicholas II, his wife the Empress and   their children to be canonized as Martyrs by various groups tied to the   Russian Orthodox Church within Russia and, prominently, by the Russian   Orthodox Church outside Russia. Nicholas II was nicknamed by his critics   Bloody Nicholas because of the Khodynka Tragedy, Bloody Sunday, and his   government's suppressions of dissent. In reality, he was a weak and   indecisive man dominated by his wife and isolated from the   socio-economic problems of his own country. Lastly, as Head of State, he   did approve the Russian mobilization of August 1914 which marked the   first fatal step into World War I and thus into the demise of the   Romanov dynasty. Nicholas II was considered at the time as the third   richest person in modern history.

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