Russian Beard Tax Token Pendant in Sterling Silver and Brass

This pendant is a framed replica of a 1705 Russian “Beard Token”. A little bit of history...

In 1705, Emperor Peter I of Russia, in an effort to modernize Russian society following European models, outlawed beards and instituted a beard tax. Those who paid the tax were required to carry a “beard token”. This was a copper or silver token with a Russian Eagle on one side and on the other, the lower part of a face with nose, mouth, whiskers, and beard. It was inscribed with two phrases: “the beard tax has been taken” and “the beard is a superfluous burden.”

This esoteric piece is made to order and features the tax token cast in brass inside a sterling silver frame. The pendant can be worn on both sides. Handcrafted in oxidized sterling silver for a vintage, artisanal look. Pendant comes on an adjustable Mokuba waxed cotton cord.

Dimensions: 32 x 32 mm (1.25" x 1.25"). Sterling silver, brass, waxed cotton cord.