'2 kopecks in silver' is 2/100 of the purchasing power of 1 silver ruble. Such coins were minted from 1839 to 1848 at 3 mints, and in 1842-in a circulation of 12.5 million at the Yekaterinburg mint, in a circulation of 4.8 million at the Izhora (Kolpinsky) mint, and in a circulation of 3 million at the Suzun mint.
The weight of the coin is 20.48 g, the diameter is 33 mm, and the edge is smooth. On the obverse – the monogram of Nicholas I and the Imperial crown, on the reverse-the denomination and year of issue-1842.
On coins of the Russian Empire, you can see the initials of mintsmeisters and engravers, but there are no initials of Finance Ministers.
The inscription on the exchange copper coins '... kopecks in silver' is essentially an autograph of the person who brought the monetary circulation of the Russian Empire to the common denominator-silver.
This is how Georg Ludwig Kankrin, a German by birth, entered Russian history and was marked by the original inscription on the coins.
As they say in his historical homeland: 'Wo Taten sprechen, bedarf es der Worte nicht' - 'Where deeds speak, words are not needed'.