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For other uses, see Altyn (disambiguation).

Altyn (Russian алты́н, also алты́нник) is a historical Russian currency (symbol: Altyn.png). The name is Tatar altı, (алты) meaning "six", since it was worth 6 of 1/2 dengas (six halves, Russ. шесть полушек), equivalent to three kopek silver, then copper, a small value coin,[1][2] or 180 — 206 copper puls.[3]

Altyn coins were minted from 1654 under Alexis I, under Peter I as silver coins from 1704 to 1718, and under Nicholas I as copper coins with a value of three kopeks from 1839. Production of three kopek coins was discontinued in 1991.


  1. ^ Спасский, И. Г. Алтын в русской денежной системе. / В кн.: Краткие сообщения Института истории материальной культуры АН СССР, вып. 66. — 1956.
  2. ^ Спасский, И. Г. Русская монетная система. — Л.: Аврора, 1970. — с. 105.
  3. ^ Eric R. Schena, “The Influence of Islamic Coins on the Russian Monetary System: An Introduction,” As-Sikka: The Online Journal of The Islamic Coins Group, 1, no. 2 (1999-2000),, August 2004
  • Узденников В. Монеты России (1700—1917): Издание третье. — М.: Collector’s Books; IP Media Inc., 2004.