Estimate: 300 USD
Price realized: 900 USD
RUSSIA, Empire. Petr I Alexeyevich Velikiy (Peter the Great). 1682-1725. Novodel CU Beard Token (22mm, 3.62 g, 12h). Kadashevsky mint. Dated 1705 (in Cyrillic numerals). Nose with beard and mustache; legend in two lines above / Crowned double-headed eagle holding scepter and globus cruciger; over legend in two lines. Bitkin Ж3896. Brown surfaces, slightly bent. Good VF.
Among his many efforts to westernize Russian society, in 1698 Petr I placed a tax on beards, then seen as a particularly eastern tradition. Those who paid the tax were issued tokens to prove they were allowed to wear facial hair.