Yale University Library Slavic and East European Collection link to Yale University Library home page link to Slavic and East European Collection page

 

Coins and Medals of Imperial Russia: Ivan VI

Quick Links
Newspapers Selected Internet Resources Online Databases Research Guide Online News Language Resources Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State SEEC Library Fellows Program Related Yale Sites Librarian: Tatjana Lorkovic
Tanja Lorkovic
Email: tatjana.lorkovic@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-1861
Fax: (203) 432-7231
Mailing Address :
Yale University Library
P.O. Box 208240
130 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8240
** Click the image for detail view
Ivan VI (1740-1741)

Portait 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.

coin thumbnail coin thumbnail 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

coin thumbnail coin thumbnail 1741 silver ruble.

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