PHOTO: Petropavlovsk pensioner collected a quantity of rare coins 19 июня 2012, 13:59
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Pensioner Vladimir Baranov, a Petropavlovsk citizen, has collected a quantity of rare coins, Tengrinews.kz reports.
The man is a native of Tumen oblast and worked as a renovator. He became a collector at 10 when his coin collection included 300 different coins. In 40 years he has collected 2000 rare coins. The collection even includes silver rubles of the epoch of Peter the Great, Yekaterina II and the Third Reich.
According to him, some of these coins were found in Peter-and-Paul Fortress and some at the sites where Cossack units were stationed. All the coins are classified in accordance with mints where they were made.
The collector has made very accurate copies of several of the rare coins that he failed to find. The copies are very well made and a virtually indistinguishable from the real ones. The pensioner keeps the copies separately.
All the coins are unique. But the half a palm sized 5-kopek coin is the most precious for the collector.
“The most expensive coin in my collection is the 5-copeck coin of 1802. One of my friends who died had passed it to me. He found this coin during demolition of one old house. If a poor man had lost it back than, it must have been a huge loss for him, because one could buy a cow for five kopeks,” Baranov said.