Russian Gold Coins 1897-1911

Tsar Nicholas II


(May 18, 1868 - July 17, 1918) was the last Emperor of Russia, Grand Prince of Finland, and titular King of Poland. His official short title was Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias and he is known as Saint Nicholas the Passion-Bearer by the Russian Orthodox Church. Nicholas II ruled from 1894 until his abdication on March 15, 1917. His reign saw Imperial Russia go from being one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. As head of state, he approved the Russian mobilization of August 1914, which marked the first fatal step in World War I and thus lead to the demise of the Romanov dynasty less than four years later.

The most popular gold coins from Russia are the gold Roubles, they were minted in 5, 7.5, 10 and 15 Rouble denomination. These coins are favorites amongest collectors and investors since many of them disappeared during the Russian Revolution, WWI and WWII and seventy plus years of communism.

The smallest coins minted were the 5 Rouble gold coin and were issued from 1897 to 1911. The larger 10 Rouble were minted issued from 1898 to 1911. For one year only, 1897, the Romanovs minted and issued the 7.5 and 15 Rouble Gold Coins. These two Coins are often considered the rarest Roubles available today because they were being minted for only one year.

One Coin we cannot display is the 1902 Nicholas II 37.5 Rouble Coin. Very few were minted and were primarily distributed to dignataries. One was recently sold at an auction for close to $150,000.