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For this reason, the coin is specifically marked as "3 rubles per silver" (Russian: ).The same reasoning applied to the 6- and 12-ruble coins. It was not free from such noble metals as iridium and palladium, and thus the accompanying phrase "pure Ural platinum" (Russian: The minting was discontinued on 22 June 1845 because of the concerns about possible financial imbalance due to the declining price of platinum; within the next 6 months, platinum coins were withdrawn from circulation. Platinum has an international currency symbol under ISO 4217 of XPT.The issues of legitimate platinum coins were initiated by Spain in Spanish-colonized America in the 18th century and continued by the Russian Empire in the 19th century.The first coin was sent to the prominent German scientist Alexander von Humboldt, who was previously asked to evaluate the use of platinum as a currency and confirm its price relative to silver.After his death, the emperor Alexander II bought that coin, and in 1859 it was returned to Russia and later became an exhibit of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.The 1812 Pattern 9 Pence Bank Token (S3773A) was used for the obverse and the farthing of 1825 for the reverse parts of this coin.

The then-cheap platinum was used for various kinds of frauds, such as substituting it for the more expensive silver.Like all test coins, the platinum farthing has a high historic and numismatic value.This coin is also interesting because it features the portrait of the already deceased monarch George III (1738–1820).The obverse is the 1812 Pattern 9 Pence Bank Token (S3773A), and reverse is the farthing of 1825.George III had died in 1820 and had been succeeded by his son (George IV) whose farthing reverse design is shown (right).

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