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Gold coin. View of the 1000-rouble coin issued by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation in 2011 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the end of serfdom in Russia. On 19 February 1861 the Emancipation Manifesto was issued by Tsar Alexander II, freeing more than 23 million people from effective slavery to land-owners. Serfs on imperial properties were emancipated in 1866.
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