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5 kopecks 1771 - novodel struck at Yekaterinburg 5 kopecks 1771 - novodel struck at Yekaterinburg
diameter 45 mm, 56.73 g, bronze
Obverse: bicephalic eagle of the Czarist Empire, with crowned heads and with a crown above, holding a sword and a scepter in its talons and sittind on two oval shields bearing the Moldavian and Walachian coats of arms, two horizontal thin lines, in exergue face value 5 KOPIEKI, with Cyrillic letters, under the value letter S from Sadagura; outer toothed circle; adorned edge with hand-punched tandem concentric circles
Reverse: a column over two horizontal thin lines representing the ground, atop a crowned shield bearing the monogram of empress Catherine II, at left a drum, a spear, fasces atop (bundle of rods bound about an axe with projecting blade) and three flags, at right a cannon, a spear, a bunchuk (a lance with a horsetail, used as flag, named "tui" in Romanian) and again three flags, at the base of the column a Phrygian bonnet, year 1771; outer toothed circle

The pictures of the novodel coin above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of "Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.".


Novodel Coins of Sadagura Type

Two types of Sadagura coin patterns were restruck as novodels - the one of 3 dengas and the one of 5 kopecks. The grand duke George Michailovich (1863–1919) wrote in 1894 that the dies of the two novodels were taken by himself from the mint of Yekaterinburg. He showed that these restrikes, gross copies of the originals, did not have the edge "pressed on the machine", and as a result the pieces presented a flat edge. Some novodels exist with the edge adorned with various models, but the edge was adorned by hand.

The novodels can be distinguish quite easily from the original coins by design. They have also larger diameters (1-2 mm larger) than the genuine coins.

The novodel struck at Yekaterinburg after 5 kopecks pattern has the following characteristics:

- Obverse: the broad strip under the shields is missing, the exergue being separated from the field by two horizontal thin lines; the shields with the coat of arms of the Principalities do not have relief, the outer edge of the shields being represented by a raised edge;

- Reverse: the broad strip representing the ground is missing; the exergue is separated from the field by two horizontal thin lines.

Nowadays there are several types of novodel coins, but struck into the contemporary period. Such a novodel is presented below through the kind contribution of Mr. Mircea Jar, and differ from the novodel presented in Monede şi bancnote româneşti, the most obvious difference being the absence of the outer adorned circle. The edge is hatched, with dots inside the rhombi. It reproduces a face of the 5 kopecks Yekaterinburg novodel and a face of the Sadagura pattern.

5 kopecks 1771 - contemporary novodel lookalike 5 kopecks 1771 - contemporary novodel lookalike
diameter 43/46 mm, 41.15 g, bronze
Obverse: bicephalic eagle of the Russian Empire, with crowned heads and with crown above, holding a sword and a scepter in its talons, standing on two shields bearing the Moldavian and Walachian coats of arms, two horizontal lines and face value 5 KOPIEKI, in Cyrillic letters, below Latin letter S (from Sadagura)
Reverse: a column, atop a crowned shield bearing the monogram of empress Catherine II (the Great) of Russia, at left (picture position) a drum, a spear, fasces atop (bundle of rods bound about an axe with projecting blade) and three flags, at right a cannon, a spear, a bunchuk (a lance with a horsetail, used as flag, named "tui" in Romanian) and again three flags, at the base of the column a Phrygian bonnet, year 1771

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