Golden coins in the history of the Romanov dynasty

The exhibition presents golden coins for the whole period of the Romanov dynasty from 1613 to 1917 - over 500 coins in total. The exposition includes coins from the collection of the International Numismatic Club Museum, supplemented by unique objects from private numismatic collections. Thanks to cooperation, it was possible to collect a great collection of golden coins of the Romanov dynasty period: golden coins that were distributed at the imperial court, granted and commemorative coins.  
Among the rarest exhibits is the 1716 chervonets, the only Russian golden coin with an inscription in Latin issued specifically for foreign payments during Peter the Great's trips to Europe, as well as “well-known coins” — the fake Dutch ducats minted by the St. Petersburg Mint for the secret operation of the Russian Empire. In 2018, the exhibition was supplemented with a new section “Release of Platinum Coins of Nicholas I”.
Platinum Russian coins are a rare numismatic artifact, for example, a set of 3 coins from 1839 was minted in only two copies.

A lot of events involving a huge amount of historical materials have been and will be devoted to the crowned dynasty.
However, Romanov's story has never been told from beginning to end through the vision of a coin — the most reliable and mysterious source of information. In addition to the monetary function, the golden coin served as a symbol of the sacred status of the Russian autocracy, promoted the greatness of the empire and demonstrated a wide range of personal initiatives of the monarch.
Among the exhibits:  royal grants - the basis of the Russian award system, Peter's chevonets issued specifically for foreign payments, counterfeit Dutch ducats minted by the St. Petersburg Mint for special operations of the Russian Empire, rare platinum coins of Nicholas I and so on.  
Common for the International Numismatic Club Museum, tablets will allow you to observe coins from both sides and in all details. On a multimedia tour, you will be able to immerse yourself in the three centuries of the Romanov and see coins in the context of historical events with the help of VR headsets.



The traditional form of presentation allows to tell as much as possible about coins. You will learn how coins are related to the history of the Romanov dynasty, how they reflect important events in the life of the country, convey the change of styles in art, changes in state symbols, development of metal mining and mint technology.


Experimental material presentation allows you to immerse yourself in a special world of golden and platinum coins using augmented and virtual reality technologies. Three-dimensional images help to include numismatic objects in the context of the history of Russia and reveal the main subjects related to the rare exhibits.

Without a guide

For those who prefer to wander in silence on their own, plunging into the museum space and studying the exhibits they like more thoroughly, without being distracted by the group's topography and the guide.
To do so, it is necessary to get an electronic ticket on the website, receive confirmation and come to the museum with a passport on Saturday. Entrance closes one hour before the end of the museum's hours, which is open on Saturday from 11.00 to 19.00.
On this day, you can also take a quest. Going on this fascinating journey, you will be transported to the time of Sophia's regency and will pass the whole 300-year journey of the Romanov dynasty up to the reign of Nicholas II, learning and remembering many interesting and sometimes terrible facts, you will find and see coins of the Russian Empire, note how images on coins changed, what denominations existed and so on.
You can participate in the quest both on your own and in groups. With the help of a tablet, the participant reads questions, searches for exhibits of the museum, studies labels for them, learns the necessary information, analyzes it, and writes down the answers. At the end, you need to make a word of the guessed letters and find out the name of the coin.
The price of the entrance ticket does not include the quest; it should be paid additionally (250 rubles). For more information, please contact the museum staff.

Academic + Quest

This form of holding includes an academic tour of the exhibition “Golden coins in the history of the Romanov dynasty”, where you will learn about the role coins played in the history of the dynasty, how they reflect important events in the life of the country, transmit changes in styles in art, changes in the state symbols, etc. During the tour, the guide will pay attention to the most interesting exhibits, tell about traditions and stories related to objects, which will help even inexperienced visitors to answer the questions of the quest.

Having listened to the guide, the participants will receive tablets with questions, the answers to which they will have to find by themselves in the exhibition, showing attentiveness, resourcefulness and ingenuity. After answering all the questions and making conclusions, the participants will learn how the “special coin” is called and why it is so unique.

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