Gold coins and counterfeit ducats: An exhibition of the Romanov Dynasty’s gold opens

Gold coins and counterfeit ducats: An exhibition of the Romanov Dynasty’s gold opens
Over 700 coins which circulated during the Romanovs’ reign will go on display at a private museum for the first time.

The Museum of the International Numismatic Club has unveiled an exhibition, Gold Coins in the History of the Romanov Dynasty, with the support of the Ministry of Culture. The exhibition will showcase over 700 unique items from the collections of the Moscow Kremlin Museums, the State History Museum and private collections.  

Visitors will be able to see gold coins which circulated at the court of the emperors, as well as granted and commemorative coins. The rarest exhibits include a chervonets [a gold coin worth 10 roubles] from 1716, which is Russia’s only gold coin bearing a Latin inscription. It was minted especially for making payments abroad during Peter the Great’s visits to Europe. The exhibition also features “coins currently in use” as they were commonly referred to at the time: these are counterfeit Dutch ducats minted by the St Petersburg Mint and used by the Russian Empire to carry out secret operations.    

More information about the exhibition provided by tablets help visitors examine the coins from both sides in minute detail. The virtual reality glasses allow the public to get a glimpse of the Romanov Dynasty era and view the exhibits in their historical context.   

The Museum of the International Numismatic Club was founded by businessman and patron Vagit Alekperov. It opened in 2015 at the refurbished building of the Zinovyev-Yusupov Family House in Bolshoi Afanasyevsky Pereulok. Only groups of 10 visitors are allowed to see the exhibition at any one time; for online booking in advance, visit the website.   

Ticket price: 450 roubles for the academic tour and 750 roubles for the multimedia 3D tour. Concession price for schoolchildren and senior citizens: 50 percent of the full ticket price.