Russia 4 Kopeks (Fakes are possible) 1762
The horseman and dragon is usually identified with St. George, a Roman Catholic saint with ties to other religions. The same, or similar, figure also appears on the crest of Moscow and on Russian coins, like the one here.
The coin in our picture comes from Jencek Historical Enterprises in San Mateo, California. It is a great coin in great condition and with no problems like stains, scratches, cleanings, or other types of damage. CoinQuest thanks JHE for use of their coin image.
This is a valuable coin. The catalogs quote strong prices, as follows:
worn: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $200
well preserved (like our photo): $400
Actual buy and sell values will be lower than these catalog prices above, as explained on our Terminology page.
As with all valuable coins, one must be wary of counterfeits. They are all over the place -- even moreso today as crooks get more and more access to inexpensive technology. The Russian Numismatic Resource, Kopek.ws, reports a fake 4 kopek as shown below, side-by-side with a genuine piece. You can make out minor variations from coin to coin. Be sure you have a genuine example.
There are two ways to ensure authenticity when buying valuable coins. You can buy only coins mounted in holders from PCGS, NGC, ICG, or ANACS (look them up on the Internet), although fake holders are a possibility. When buying 'raw' unmounted coins, be sure you buy from a known, respected coin dealer.
, Genre: Orthodox and Slavic
Requested by: Sushi, Fri, 29-Apr-2011 00:46:17 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 06-Nov-2013 22:48:30 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Fri, 30-Oct-2015 14:21:10 GMT
Requester description: 1762 1762 Kopek Coing (4)
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