Among collectors this trial copper coin was called "Menshikov a dime". During the reign of Catherine I, almost all the power in the country was concentrated in the hands of the Prince A. D. Menshikov, who spent a few reforms. One of the ways to reduce the cost of silver was an attempt to start production of copper 10-kopecks, the weight of which was equal to the weight of dimes. The attempt was not successful, but the test prints have become very popular among coin collectors.The obverse of the coin
depicts an unusual monogram of Catherine I, represents the Union of the letters "Е"(Catherine) and "I"(the Empress), repeated in mirror image. In the middle of the monogram is supplemented by the Greek letter gamma. Upstairs the Imperial crown.The reverse of the coin
depicts the coat of arms of the Russian Empire
the first quarter of XVIII century. The coat of arms double-headed eagle with raised wings, crowned by two Imperial crowns, above is the same crown but larger. Right Talon the eagle holds a scepter, the left - power. In front of each head of the eagle there is an asterisk. Below along the rim the year of issue "1726", flanked by a semicircle is a nominal value, divided into two parts - "ГРИВЕ ННИКЪ"
In a circle each side of the coin there is an edge, consisting of an outward facing letters "V"
The picture shows a copy from the exposition of the State Hermitage with the number IT-R-2-5153.