Constantine ruble - the rarest Russian ruble

Anyone familiar with the history of our country will say that Emperor Constantine was not in Russia. And indeed it is. But there is a ruble with a portrait of Constantine the First.

At the end of 1825, the childless Emperor Alexander the First suddenly died in Taganrog. According to the law on succession to the throne, power was to pass to brother Constantine, who since 1814 was the governor of the Kingdom of Poland and lived in Warsaw.

After the news of Alexander's death was delivered to St. Petersburg, members of the royal family and court officials were sworn in to the new ruler. However, on the same day, the late emperor's manifesto of August 16, 1823 was promulgated. It reported on the abdication of Konstantin Pavlovich from his legal right to the Russian throne in favor of another brother, Nicholas.

Soon from Warsaw from Constantine came confirmation of his refusal, moreover, he did not even want to come to St. Petersburg for the official procedure for transferring power to his younger brother. For quite a long time, this information was kept secret, which only members of the royal family knew about.

On December 13, 1825, a manifesto was signed on the accession to the throne of Emperor Nikolai Pavlovich. And several trial ruble coins with a portrait of Constantine have already been made at the mint. Finance Minister EF Kankrin received an order to urgently stop all work on the minting of the ruble with the profile of a non-existent tsar.

The coins produced were transferred to the archives of the Ministry of Finance, all information about them was not subject to disclosure. Only in 1880 in the journal "Russian Starina" was published an article by D. Kobeko, manager of the office of the Ministry of Finance, from which the "broad masses" were able to learn about the existence of this very rare coin.

Although in our time there are many secrets around the Konstantinovsky ruble. It is known about the existence of six copies of this coin, of which only two in Russia. One is in the Hermitage, the other is in the State Historical Museum. The rest of the rubles with the portrait of Konstantin occasionally appear at auctions and become a real sensation in the world of numismatics. The price for them is astronomical.

However, counterfeit coins often surface. Counterfeiting Konstantinovskiy rubles began in the 19th century. There is information that Prince A.V. Trubetskoy ordered a batch of such forgeries at the Paris Mint. "Rubles of Trubetskoy" appear in our time. Probably, stamps have been preserved somewhere, with the help of which new items are minted.