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The minting of platinum roubles

Rehren, T; (2006) The minting of platinum roubles. Platinum Metals Review , 50 (3) pp. 120-129. 10.1595/147106706X128890. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper augments a series of articles on Russian roubles in this Journal (1-3) with a summary of recent research into the manufacturing history and materials characterisation of these coins. The results are not only significant for the identification of genuine roubles issued between 1828 and 1845, 'Navodel' issues produced in the late 19th century, and outright forgeries of the 20th century, but offer a fascinating insight into the difficulties encountered at the time in the large-scale refining and processing of platinum metal. A range of instrumental methods have been used to elucidate the magnetic properties, chemical composition and law density of genuine roubles, and to reveal their complex internal structure. The resulting new insights into the historical practice of platinum metallurgy are unbiased by concerns about industrial espionage, state secrets, and professional rivalry.

Type: Article
Title: The minting of platinum roubles
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1595/147106706X128890
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1595/147106706X128890
Language: English
Additional information: Distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Non-Derivative 4.0 International License (CC-BY-NC-ND), as described at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/. This license permits non-commercial use, including reproduction, adaptation, and distribution of the article provided the original author and source are credited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/93624
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