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Coins and Medals of Imperial Russia: Elizabeth I

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Elizabeth I (1741-1761)

Portait of Elizabeth IThe Empress Elizabeth I was adept at choosing capable and intelligent ministers, who initiated important economic reforms and founded Moscow University in 1755. Her armies crushed the supposed superior forces of Frederick the Great in the Seven Years War (1756-1763). Many of the measures enacted in the early years of the reign of Catherine the Great were prepared under Elizabeth.

coin thumbnail coin thumbnail Silver ruble from 1759, crown commemorative of the victory of Elizabeth over Frederick the Great of Prussia, at the Battle of Kunersdorf, during the Seven Years War.
Collection of Coins and Medals, Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Rev. William H. Owen
2001.87.299

coin thumbnail coin thumbnail 1749 one-half silver ruble, obverse side, with the Romanov double-eagle.

Collection of Coins and Medals
Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Rev. William H. Owen
2001.87.298

Two silver pieces of Elizabeth, issued in 1761 for use in her territories in East Prussia acquired by conquest during the Seven Years War.

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Collection of Coins and Medals
Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Rev. William H. Owen
2001.87.300

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Collection of Coins and Medals
Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Rev. William H. Owen
2001.87.301

coin thumbnail coin thumbnail Mortuary piece of 1761, on the occasion of the death of Empress Elizabeth, 25 December 1761 (Old Style Calendar).
Collection of Coins and Medals
Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Rev. William H. Owen
2001.87.340