Ivan VI (1740-1741)
Ivan VI

Portrait of Ivan VIIn 1740, Anna chose her grand-nephew, Ioann Antonovich, as her successor. He was the two month-old son of Prince Anton Urlich of Brunswick and Anna Leopoldovna, the niece of the Empress Anna. In 1741, Elizabeth (daughter of Peter I) seized power. Ioann (Ivan VI) lived on for some 23 years as a prisoner of the state until an unsuccessful rescue attempt caused his jailers to do away with him.

On December 31, 1741, a government decree directed the public to turn in the coins of Ivan VI within a year for an exchange of new coins at full value. The "ukaz" stipulated that anyone holding any coins of Ivan VI after June 1745 would be subject to punishment. Despite the decree, historians estimate that coins with the value of about 24,000 rubles were hoarded by the people and never turned in for exchange.

 

 



1741 silver ruble with Ivan VI (Ioann III) portrayed. Ivan was the third Romanov of that name, but is regarded as Ivan VI by scholars.

Collection of Coins and Medals
Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Dr. John G. Adams
2001.87.310

 


1741 silver ruble.

Collection of Coins and Medals
Yale University Art Gallery
Gift of Dr. John G. Adams
2001.87.309