In the late 1600s, in an attempt to modernise Russian society and discourage the growing of facial hair, Peter the Great introduced a beard tax. Those who wished to grow a beard were taxed and given a token as proof of payment.


  • Title: Beard tax token
  • Date Created: 1705
  • Location: Russia
  • Physical Dimensions: weight 4.51g
  • Registration number: C.3701
  • Copyright: © The Trustees of the British Museum
  • British Museum link: C.3701
  • Authority: Peter I

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