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2021-04-26 Other articles >

Boris Godunov's Pskov Kopeck

Coins with the mint mark

Boris Godunov as a statesman deserves to highlight in his career not only the period of his stay on the Russian throne (1598-1605), but also the period when he actually determined the policy of the Russian state during the reign of Ivan the Terrible's son, Fyodor Ivanovich (1584-1598).
Here it is necessary to make a reservation: Boris Godunov did not get to the rulers immediately, since initially under Tsar Fyodor a Regency Council was created from 4 boyars-B. Belsky, N. Yuryev, Princes I. Mstislavsky and I. Shuisky.
However, very soon Belsky was declared a traitor and exiled, Yuryev died, Mstislavsky was tonsured a monk, and Shuisky fell into disgrace.
As historians note, Tsar Fyodor reigned in Russia, and in reality, since 1587, the boyar Boris Godunov, who had not yet become tsar, ruled the country.
What can be attributed to the credit of the manager Boris Godunov in the field of money circulation?
  • 1595 – 1596: on the basis of the Moscow Monetary Court, a Monetary order is created – the body of state supervision over the minting of coins - not only in Moscow, but also for the supervision of the sovereign mints in Novgorod and Pskov;
  • for the first time in Russian coinage since the father of Ivan the Terrible, Grand Duke Vasily III, the name of the head of state began to be minted on coins with a patronymic;
  • despite the tiny size coins-scales, they appear on the designation of the mint mark - and in Moscow, and in Novgorod, and in Pskov.
After becoming tsar, Boris Godunov continued the policy of regulating monetary circulation: V. N. Kleshchinov and I. V. Grishin in their catalog call the time of Boris Godunov 'the classic period of the Russian silver penny' and note that 'in 1603, the Moscow style began to dominate the design of the monetary field on the coins of provincial monetary courts.'
My Godunov kopeck has the classification number 205 according to the catalog of V. N. Kleshchinov, I. V. Grishin ' Catalog of Russian medieval coins...'. M, 1998.
The coin is minted at the Pskov Mint and has the sign PS (Pskov) between the horse's hooves.
On the obverse is a traditional kopek rider with a spear.
On the reverse – the inscription 'Tsar and Grand Duke Boris Fedorovich of All Russia'.
The weight of the coin is 0.67 grams with a standard of 0.68 grams.

In the time of Boris Godunov, the kopeck was the largest domestic coin – the first ruble was minted only in 1654 under Tsar Alexei.
It is about a penny that people have put together a saying: 'Money is small, but they do a big thing.'

Псковская копейка Бориса Годунова

Клещинов, Гришин 205

Копейка, Борис Годунов, Псков

Country : Русское царство (1547-1721)
Denomination : копейка
Year : 1598-1605
Mint : Псковский монетный двор
Circulation :
Material : Серебро
Weight : 0,67
Diameter :
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