Produced from gold, but a silver stamp of the ruble this year (with a portrait of Catherine II), the diameter corresponded to the ruble, the thickness of a little less. Were distributed to officers involved in the Palace coup of 1762. The weight corresponded to 10 ducats.On the obverse
is a portrait of Catherine II in profile, face to the right. Under the portrait letters "СПБ"(Saint-Petersburg), the shoulder cut letters "Т I"(initials of Timothy Ivanovich Ivanov, the author of the portrait). In a circle the inscription - "Б•М•ЕКАТЕРИНА•II•IМП•IСАМОД•ВСЕРОС"(stands for "the grace of God Catherine II Empress and autocrat of all Russias").The reverse
depicts the coat of arms of the Russian Empire
of second half XVIII century: the double-headed eagle with the lifted wings, crowned by two Imperial crowns, above the same crown but larger. Right Talon the eagle holds a scepter, the left power. On the eagle's breast shield with the Moscow coat of arms: St. George on horseback slaying a serpentine dragon with wings. The shield surrounded by chain of Order of St. Andrew. Under the clutches of an eagle letters "Я И"(initials of mintmaster mint). At the top in a semicircle the year of issue "1762". At the bottom a semicircle of nominal - "МОНЕТА • РУБЛЬ"(letters converted basis inside).
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Peter III, who became Emperor after the death of Elizabeth in 1761, made a number of reforms, which have caused indignation among the upper classes of society. Originating from the German kind, it was feared, many believed that the Emperor is trying to weaken Russia. Opinion was reinforced by the attitude of Peter III to the Church and a desire to limit its influence. The Emperor's wife, Catherine (also from Germany) agreed with the government of France and England about the organization of the coup, and promised in case of victory of great privilege. The conspiracy was prepared for several months, and 28 June 1762 (old style) he was almost exposed, prompting the need for decisive action on the part of the conspirators. On the side of the Empress were almost all upper class, and the Emperor abdicated. Later for unclear reasons he was killed.