1725, Russia, Emperor Peter I. Large Silver Cruciform Rouble Coin. Mint Year: 1725 Mint place: Moscow Denomination: Rouble Condition.Certified and graded by PCGS as VF-3! Reference: Davenport 1662, Diakov 1343, KM-162.5. Obverse: Laureated and cuirassed bust of Peter I right. Peter I, Emperor and sole ruler of all Russia.
" Reverse: Crowned cruciform monogram of the Emperor consisting of four initial letters (" = P) and double roman 1s (i). Date (17-25) split in inner fields! Peter I the Great or Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov (9 June 1672 8 February 1725) ruled Russia and later the Russian Empire from 7 May 1682 until his death. Peter the Great is credited with dragging Russia out of the medieval times to such an extent that by his death in 1725, Russia was considered a leading eastern European state.
He centralised government, modernised the army, created a navy and increased the subjugation and subjection of the peasants. His domestic policy allowed him to execute an aggressive foreign policy. Without doubt, Peter the Great's childhood toughened his outlook on life and people. His life was constantly under threat from factions surrounding the two widows of his father. When his father, Alexis, died in January 1676, Peter's elder brother succeeded as Theodore III.
His succession was legal and no-one could dispute it. Problems over the succession came on the death of Theodore. The mother of Peter came from the Naryshkin family.They wanted Peter as sole tsar of Russia. Alexis's first wife came from the Miloslavkys family. They did not want Peter alone to succeed. The Miloslavkys were supported by the Moscow Musketeers (the Streltsy) and they both wanted a joint rule by Peter and Ivan, his mentally deficient half-brother. The Streltsy gave the Miloslavkys family the military backing to succeed in this case and Peter and Ivan were accepted as joint rulers. However, in 1682 both were under age and a regent, their sister Sophia, was appointed to this position. In effect, Sophia did little as she was besotted by her lover Prince Golitsin who was appointed Chief Minister by Sophia and ruled as he wished. He embarked on a highly unpopular domestic policy. He persecuted the Old Believers for spiritually holding Russia back. Many Russian people looked up to the Old Believers as the true symbol of religious devotion and disapproved of what he did.
Golitsin also pursued a lacklustre foreign policy. In 1687 and 1698, he launched two disastrous campaigns against the Crimean Tartars.
With such chaos at government level, Peter the Great felt strong enough to challenge Golitsin. This he did in August 1689 aged 17 when he removed both Sophia and Golitsin from power and ruled as Russia's sole leader. In theory he shared the throne with Ivan until Ivan died in 1696, but in reality, Ivan played no part in the government of Russia. Peter the Great's sheer physical presence seemed to indicate the way his rule would go. He was nearly 7 feet tall and very broad.
He was massively powerful, " loud-mouthed, violent, ruthless and impetuous ". He always wanted to learn and was always active. He learned how to be carpenter, talked to mathematicians and learned how best to train soldiers- including how to torture people.While Sophia had been regent, he had lived in Germany and had spent time living with soldiers learning about fortifications and ballistics. When back in Russia he formed a small army out of his servants and used them in live ammunition firing war games. The item "1725, Russia, Emperor Peter I. Large Silver Cruciform Rouble Coin.
PCGS VF-30" is in sale since Tuesday, January 12, 2016. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Europe\Russia\Empire (up to 1917)".The seller is "coinworldtv" and is located in Europe. This item can be shipped worldwide.