THIRD ROME Vladislav Sigismundovich 1610-12 kopek Moscow mint


RUSSIA, Vladislav Sigismundovich, 1610-12, kopek, Moscow mint, Obverse: name, Reverse: horseman, silver, 14x10mm, 0.5g, M-2/2, crude VG/F

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Vladislav (Wladyslaw) was the son of Polish King Sigismund III, who was busy interfering in Russian affairs. It was the Time of Troubles. The Tsar, Vasily Shuisky, had to abdicate, and Vladislav was proposed as a replacement. Moscow let him in. Two years later his father kicked him out at took over himself. Anarchy ensued.

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.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of anarchy starting in the 7th century AD or so. Europe, for our purposes stretches from Greenland to somewhere in Russia. Collectors of Europe would likely include Russia. Collectors of Asia, even though about 2/3 of Russia is in Asia, probably not.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.