Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Russian mint mark

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I have a 1897 7.50 rouble gold coin.  Where would the mint mark be and what would it look like?  Also what is the "r" after the date?

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Hi James,
The mint mark will actually be the assayers initials, found on the edge of the coin. For these coins minted in St. Petersburg it will be "АГ" for Appolon Grasgov. The symbol next to the date is a Russian letter pronounced like our letter G. It is the first letter of the word for "year" and is basically like putting a small letter y after a date on a US coin to say that this is the year.
Thanks for the question! =)

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My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.

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