Russian Empire, Para 3 dengi 1772

3 Dengi 1772 ©Bundesbank
Following the Russian occupation of Moldavia and Wallachia during the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774, new coins had to be minted for the newly subjugated territories. The metal needed for striking the coins came from the captured Turkish cannons.

The crudely made pieces principally reflected the circumstances of everyday life rather than the new political reality. The reverse shows the value of the local currency, based on the Turkish system, in relation to the Russian currency system – in this case, 1 Turkish para = 3 Russian dengi; the second value issued was 2 para = 3 kopeks.

[Data record Id. 56239]