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This beautiful 2 Oz Silver coin is part of the “Russian Emperors” series and depicts Peter III, assassinated as a result of a conspiracy led by his German wife Princess Sophie. The coin has two blue crystal inserts, is embellished with Gold plating, has a Proof quality and comes with an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 999 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 03/20/2017
Peter III was emperor of Russia for six months in 1762. He was born in Kiel as Karl Peter Ulrich, the only child of Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp and Anna Petrovna, the elder surviving daughter of Peter the Great. The German Peter could hardly speak Russian and pursued a strongly pro-Prussian policy, which made him an unpopular leader. He was deposed and possibly assassinated as a result of a conspiracy led by his German wife Princess Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, who succeeded him to the throne as Catherine II. His death could also have been the result of a drunken brawl with his bodyguard when he was being held captive after Catherine's coup.
The reverse of the coin depicts the Emperor Peter III. The character offsets itself from the finely engraved background, due to the applied colour. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscriptions: “Peter III” – the name of the coin and “1728-1762” – the date of birth and death of the Emperor. The edge of the coin presents a crown and the numeration of the coin, as well as the inscriptions: “Russian Emperors” – the name of the series, “Peter III” – the name of the Emperor. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “2014” – the year of issue, “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “NIUE” – the issue country and “5 DOLLARS” – the face value. The coin is surrounded by beautiful ornaments, which give the coin a very special touch.