In 1722 an attempt was made to organize the minting of silver coins of 2 rubles in addition to already produced the gold of this denomination, but in mass production it failed. In the nineteenth century, the original stamps were produced remake (pictured right), with considerably less weight (31 grams).On the obverse
is a portrait of Peter the great in profile, face to the right. In a circle the inscription - "ПЕТРЪ . А . ИМПЕРАТОРЪ . IСАМОДЕРЖЕЦЪ . ВСЕРОССИIСКИI"On the reverse
is the monogram of Peter I, consisting of four large letters "П" arranged in a circle and United in the upper part. Between letters diagonally placed Roman numerals "I" Opposite each letter "П"a Imperial crown. In the middle of the monogram specify the year of issue, divided into two parts - "17 22". In a circle the inscription, divided into 4 parts (starting from top) - "МОНЕТА НОВАЯ ЦЕНА ДВА РУБЛИ"(letters converted basis inside).
The circumference of the front and reverse sides of the coins have braid edging.
The photo above presents instances from the exposition of the State Hermitage Museum that have a number: HE-R-2-4364, HE-R-2-14420. The left side shows the original, right remake of the XIX century.
Replica, fake, copies, Souvenirs
The original two rubles of 1722 is an extremely rare test coin in collections and Museum collections is almost nonexistent. With the growing interest in numismatics in pre-revolutionary time the original dies in the mint produced a silver replica, which differ by mass, or other characteristics. However, replica and now quite rare and sought after, if it is indeed a real replica and not a modern forgery. Replica is not a modern repetition of the old coins, as I think those who are little versed in numismatics, replica crafted with meticulous attention to detail, have the smoothness of the pattern and characteristics of the casting, and they are mentioned in the known catalogues of the Imperial coins.
In recent years, the market was flooded with all sorts of fakes and copies
, most of which are very low quality and are recognized experts without deep analysis. Often made it 2 roubles 1722. Came even before that is copied not the originals, but copies of the originals, or Souvenirs. Such imitations look rough, don't have careful attention to detail, and sometimes even contain mistakes in the inscription. Another characteristic traces of the casting, outstanding cheap production. One of the variants of modern forgery shown below, such Souvenirs are estimated not higher than 100-150 rubles. The probability of chance to find the original 2 roubles 1722 is close to zero, and certainly should not seek it from all sorts of traders, tell the tale of the demolition of the old house, the attic, or grandma's collection.
2 roubles 1722 (a modern imitation), the source of the photos vk.com/museum_dr