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    Peter I silver Novodel Beard Token (1705) SP58 PCGS, Kadashevsky (Moscow) mint, Bitk-Ж3898 (R3), Brekke-7. Cyrillic date (?AΨΕ). An extremely rare silver striking of this ever-popular type, issued as a receipt for Peter the Great's 'beard tax.' Following his travels to Europe, where he encountered far fewer men wearing facial hair, he wished for Russia to become more like Europe and have men shave their beards. As this caused great consternation, a compromise was achieved by allowing men to keep their facial hair through the payment of an annual tax. Proof of payment was conveyed through carrying one of these tokens--generally issued in copper--as a form of receipt. Highly interesting and desirable, especially in this near-uncirculated condition. Lightly toned and lustrous, and extremely attractive.

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