Scarce kopek of False-Dmitry I (1605-1606), Novgorod mint, Russia (Grishin 247)

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Horseman advancing right, brandishing a sable / Inscription in three lines "TSAR I VELIKIY KNYAZ DMITRY IVANOVICH VSEYA RUSI" ("Tsar and Grand Duke Dmitry Ivanovich of All Russia"). 10mmx14.5mm, 0.67 grams. Novgorod mint, minted 1606. Griszin #247. SKU Q142-48400

False Dmitriy I was the Tsar of Russia from 21 July 1605 until his death on 17 May 1606 under the name of Dimitriy Ioannovich. He is sometimes referred to under the title of Dmitriy I. He was one of three impostors (Russian: самозванец 'samozvanets', "imposter") who claimed during the Time of Troubles to be the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, tsarevitch Dmitriy Ivanovich, who had supposedly escaped a 1591 assassination attempt. It is generally believed that the real Dmitriy was assassinated in Uglich and that this False Dmitriy's real name was Grigory Otrepyev, although this is far from certain.

Vasili IV of Russia (22 September 1552 12 September 1612) was Tsar of Russia between 1606 and 1610 after the murder of False Dmitriy I. His reign fell during the Time of Troubles. He was the only member of House of Shuysky to become Tsar and the last member of the Rurikid dynasty to rule.