Jonie D. writes: I have been searching everywhere for a value on an extra large copper coin from Russia, the year 1763. I know there’s got to be someone out there who knows what this is. I have even visited the Russian vaults and e-mailed them on this coin and I haven’t gotten a reply. Hope you can help me.
The most likely coin that matches your description of a “extra large copper coin” would be a Russia 5 Kopek. The most common of this type dated 1763 was struck at the Ekaterinburg Mint. The mint mark is “EM” and appears on the reverse separated by a eagle with open wings. The obverse shows a crowned monogram that divides the date surrounded by a wreath. The coin was minted under Catherine II of Russia, 1762-1796, (Catherine the Great).
These big heavy copper coins are the soul of Russia and also a wonderful example of “old doesn’t necessarily mean valuable”.
Value depends on condition. The most common grades in which the “EM” 5 Kopek is found are between VG – EF (Very Good to Extra Fine). Value Range: $3 – $25. Very high grade pieces, AU – Uncirculated, examples are rare and bring far more.