Sadagura coins: denga-kopeck | para (double denomination)


2 para / 3 kopeck, 1773: Principality of Moldavia and Wallachia

2 para / 3 kopeck, 1773: Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia

Sadagura coins are a type of bronze coins of the Russian Empire that were issued for the Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia (modern Moldova and Romania) during 1771-1774.

During the Russo-Turkish War (1768-1774), the Russian Empire won the Ottoman Empire and occupied the present territories of Moldova, Romania, and Southern Ukraine. To ensure full-fledged monetary circulation of Moldova and Wallachia, the Russian military command is introducing a special coin — with a double denomination.

In addition to a number of trial coins, two large standard bronze coins for circulation were also released: "1 para = 3 denga" and "2 para = 3 kopeck". Both contained the legend "МОН. МОЛД. И ВАЛОСК" (a coin of Moldavia and Wallachia), as well as the coat of arms of Moldavia and Wallachia under the imperial crown.

Interestingly, copper/bronze obtained from the smelting of trophy Ottoman guns was used to mint the mentioned coins.

Due to excess emission, the coins had to be withdrawn from circulation within a few years.

2 ПАРА / 3 КОПѢЕКѢ: 2 para / 3 kopecks (the double denomination of the coin is indicated inside the ornamental square: in the monetary units of the Ottoman Empire /para/ and the Russian Empire /kopeck/).

МОН. МОЛД: И ВАЛОСК.: coin of Moldavia and Wallachia.

The imperial crown above the coats of arms of the Principality of Moldavia (an aurochs head) and the Principality of Wallachia (an aquila holds in its beak a golden Orthodox cross, accompanied by a new moon).

Sadogursky Mint (Chernivtsi, Ukraine).

  • Bronze: 35 mm - 21.02 g
  • Reference price: 33$

SADAGURA COINS — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. MOLDAVIA AND WALLACHIA (1771-1774): denga-kopeck | para (double denomination)

About the name of the Sadagura coins: the above-mentioned Moldavian-Wallachian coins are also called Sadagura coins, as they were all produced at the newly established mint at the estate of baron Gartenberg near Chernivtsi (literally translated into Polish, this German surname sounds like Sadogursky). Subsequently, a settlement with the appropriate name — Sadagura / Sadhora / Sadgora — grew up around the mint. Since 1965, this area has been part of the city of Chernivtsi (nowadays Ukraine).
Another conventional name for this type of specific coins is also used — "denga-kopeck | para", which indicates the double denomination of this type of coin: in monetary units of the Russian Empire (denga / kopeck) and in para (a coin characteristic of the Ottoman Empire, lands dependent on it on the Balkan Peninsula and in its vicinity).