What makes this specimen very special is that it is certified by PCGS with the PR70DCAM (Cameo) grade. It is only one of two issues in the world that has reached this level! Since the highest level is 70, there will also never be a better rated edition on PCGS. In addition, the coin was protected by PCGS through the “NFC anti-counterfeiting technology”.
Details of the gold coin:
Face value: 50 rubles
Minting quality: Proof
Fine weight: 7,78g
Diameter: 22.6mm (±0.15)
Thickness: 1.60mm (±0.2)
Mintage: Moscow Mint (MMD)
Edge: 134 corrugations
Series: Russia’s outstanding commanders and naval commanders
With the emblem of the Bank of Russia in the center (double-headed eagle with wings down, below the eagle is the semicircular inscription “Bank of Russia”), framed by a circle of dots and inscriptions along the circle – top: “Fifty rubles”, left – information on the grade of precious metal and alloy, in the center – year of production “2013”, right – fine metal content and the mint mark (MMD).
On the mirror field of the gold coin – relief portrait of Alexander Shein in European clothes and wig; to the left of it – the year in two lines “1662” and “1700”; at the bottom of the edge the inscription: “A.S. SHEIN”.
Alexei Semenovich Shein (1662-1700), boyar, the first Russian generalissimo, an outstanding statesman and military leader, collaborator of Peter I in the reform of Russia. He began his service with the rank of stolnik at the court of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, and then was appointed governor of Tobolsk and Kursk. During the Crimean campaigns in 1687 and 1689 he commanded the subdivisions of the military. Besides his military activity, A. S. Shein was one of the judges of the Moscow Judicial Department in the 1680s. During the conspiracy of Tsarevna Sofia in 1689 A. Shein sided with Peter Alekseevich and since then took part in all campaigns and undertakings of the young tsar. During the Azov campaign in 1695 Alexei Semenovich was appointed one of the most important voivodes (voivode is a Slavic army commander or ruler title) of the Russian army. In 1696, he led the second Azov campaign, which resulted in the capture of Azov Fortress and opened Russia’s access to the sea. In 1697, under his command, the Russian army stopped the Crimean Khan’s army, which was engaged against Germany, Russia’s ally. In the same year, the Russian army under the command of A.S. Shein defeated the Turkish army at the Kagalnik River, which moved to Azov. With this victory, Shein finally subdued Nogai and Tatars inhabiting the Kuban, secured Russia’s conquests in the southern territories, and contributed to the end of the Russo-Turkish War and the conclusion of the Peace Treaty of Constantinople.
In the last years of his life he headed the Inozemny, Pushkarsky and Reitarsky orders, which corresponded to the status of the commander-in-chief of the Russian state. Died on February 12, 1700. Shein is buried in the Trinity Sergius Lavra (also the Troice Sergiev Monastery or Troize Sergiev Monastery (Russian Свято-Троицкая Сергиева лавра or Троице-Сергиева лавра).
In April 2013, the Bank of Russia issued three commemorative coins from the series “Outstanding Commanders and Naval Leaders of Russia” dedicated to A. S. Shein.
A silver coin with a face value of 3 rubles
A silver coin with a face value of 25 rubles
A gold coin with a face value of 50 rubles
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