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Russian archeologists have found an exceptionally rare 'beard kopek' - a coin that men had to buy under Peter the Great if they wanted to remain unshaven.
Minted in 1699, the copper money is only the second known example of the coin that still survives today, and has been described by experts as 'priceless'.
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It shows an image of a beard and moustache and the words 'Money Paid'.
The kopek was part of Peter the Great's 'beard tax' imposed soon after he returned from an incognito trip to Britain in 1697 to learn about Western ways in his bid to modernise Russia.
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As part of the modernisation imposed after his trip, Peter the Great banned all facial hair unless people paid for a special coin that made them exempt from the rule.
The newly found coin was discovered in a ruined 17th Century building in the Russian city of Pskov alongside a haul of 5,000 other ancient coins.
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The wealthy had to fork out high sums but peasants paid one kopek - the lowest coin of the realm.
The 'beard kopeks' acted as a token proving those with facial hair had paid and were expected...
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