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Gold coins of Nicholas II found at Minsk subway construction site

Not once did Minsk subway builders find ancient coins and other artifacts of bygone eras. At the construction site of the subway station Vokzalnaya, the builders found coins of Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia. A handful of gold five-ruble coins were extracted from underground near house No3 in Lineiny Side Street.

Such coins were minted from 1897 until 1911 and were in circulation on a par with paper money. Presumably, the coins are made of gold which fineness is 900. On the obverse, in the center, there is a profile of Emperor Nicholas II. The reverse is decorated with the coat of arms of the Russian Empire.

The Minskmetrostroi company has handed the coins to the administration of the Oktyabrsky district of Minsk for temporary storage. In the future, the artifacts will be transferred to the Museum of the History of Minsk for examination. They will then be added to museum expositions.

Today, the cost of such coins depends on the condition and type of metal from which they are made. According to Russian numismatic websites, such coins have cost $212-517 apiece in recent years.

Gold coins of Nicholas II found at Minsk subway construction site