Russian 5 Ruble
Nicholas II (1868-1918), the last Czar of Russia, ruled from 1896 to 1917. Studious and well educated, Nicholas was widely considered to be the most intelligent of his contemporary European monarchs, but contradictions in his character led to inconsistency in his reign. Although gentle, approachable, and undemanding in private life, as a ruler he was arbitrary, unyielding, and almost completely unable to relate his subjects, setting the stage for the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Minted from 1897 to 1911, Russian 5 Ruble gold coins are fascinating relics of Imperial Russia. Containing a little over one-tenth of an ounce of gold, they are slightly smaller than a dime.