Empire of Russia, 5 Kopeks 1764 Avesta mint, Sweden
Russian five-kopek coin struck by order of the Swedish king in 1788 for use along the Swedish-Russian border during military conflicts between the two countries.
In order to conceal this measure, the coins were “backdated” and minted with the years 1764, 1778 and 1787. In a diary entry, the Tsarina’s secretary remarked on the extremely high quality of these forgeries.
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