Wire Money - Early Russian Hammered Silver Coins, circa 15th-18th Centuries

Coin Denominations Shown: Kopek, Sword Kopeck, Denga and Polushka

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Wire Denga Tsar Ivan III Silver Wire Denga Tsar Ivan III Denga Pskov Mint Tsar Vasiliy III Denga Tsar Vasiliy III
01-Denga, Ivan III 02-Denga, Ivan III 03-Denga, Vasiliy III 04-Denga, Vasiliy III
Polushka Czar Vasiliy III Denga Tsar Ivan IV Vasilievich Sword Kopeck Tsar Ivan IV Vasilievich Sword Kopeck Tsar Ivan The Terrible
05-Polushka 06-Denga, Ivan IV 07-Sword Kopek, Ivan IV 08-Sword Kopek, Ivan IV

This photo gallery shows the early Russian silver coins called "Wire Money" ("Fish Scales" - "" in Russian) that were hammered at the Novgorod, Pskov, Tver and Moscow mints during the reigns of a few Russian rulers (not all!). The dates of the coins range from 1479 to 1701.

Each image is accompanied with the complete description of the coin's design and the exact cyrillic script of the coin's legend that corresponds to the coin shown according to the catalogue. The depicted wire coins might lack certain details of their design due to the flaws in the crude method of their production, which is described here.

Time Periods of Coins Shown:

1479-1505 (Tsar Ivan III Vasilievich)
1505-1533 (Tsar Vasiliy III Ivanovich)
1533-1584 (Tsar Ivan IV Vasiljevich (Ivan The Terrible))
1606-1610 (Tsar Vasiliy Ivanovich Shuisky)
1613-1645 (Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov)
1689-1725 (Tsar Peter I Alekseevich - Peter The Great)



Face-Values of Coins Produced after Monetary Reform 1535-1538:

1 Kopek ("Novgorodka") = 2 Dengas ("Moskovkas") = 4 Polushkas

Coin Weights (1535-1608):

1 Kopek: 0.68g
1 Denga: 0.34g
1 Polushka: 0.17g

Current prices for Wire Money range from $1 to $6 per coin in Extremely Fine condition at the Russian internet auctions that have recently been flooded with the Russian hammereds.

Last Updated in 2009

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