RUSSIA, Ivan the Terrible, denga, Moscow mint

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RUSSIA, Ivan IV, 1533-84, denga, no date (1550-54)AG TN, Moscow mint, silver, M-21/17, TN off flan, dark VF

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Russian “wire kopeks” were an evolution of the tiny Islamic “dirhams” or akjes that circulated there before and during the Mongol period.

Ivan IV, nicknamed Ivan the Terrible because he could be very strong and very mean. He was Grand Duke of Moscow, until a palace faction declared him Tsar (Caesar), something between king and Emperor. The basic idea was an assertion of lordship over the other local rulers. He conquered the Tatars of Kazan and Astrakhan and purged the nobles to consolidate power. Went a little crazy and killed his son and heir, leaving a mess in his wake.

Russian “wire kopeks” were an evolution of the tiny Islamic “dirhams” or akjes that circulated there before and during the Mongol period. Ivan IV, nicknamed Ivan the Terrible because he could be very mean. He was Grand Duke of Moscow, until a palace faction declared him Tsar (Caesar), something between king and Emperor. The basic idea was an assertion of lordship over the other local rulers.

Even though most of Russia is actually in Asia, it is considered by everyone to be a European country.