Road workers find thieves' coin of Catherinian Era
18th-century pickpockets used the sharpened coin to slice open bags.
When repairing pipes not far from Maroseyka Street in Moscow, a sharpened piece of a copper coin was found. The coin used to belong to a pickpocket during the reign of Catherine II and was used to cut bags and defend oneself.
The kopeck was minted between 1763 and 1796, according to the official website of the Moscow Mayor.
The so-called “thieves' piska” is a five-kopeck coin 4.6 centimeters in diameter, so thieves only used a small part of it, the one with a sharpened edge. Last spring, a similar object made from a copper two-kopeck coin was discovered in the Soimonov Passage.