These historical coins of the Russian Empire have witnessed dramatic events and became a focal point of a number of real-life detective stories of the World War II, when such coins made up the bulk of the gold reserves of a number of European countries that ended up fighting each other on the opposite sides of the trenches.
The coins described in this article were the last gold and silver coins of the Russian Empire and were closely associated with the Romanov Family.
By comparison, the haunting humanoid statue is more than twice as old as the pyramids of Giza, a status made even more amazing by the fact that it is made of wood.
“Researches were conducted in Mannheim, Germany, at one of the world's most advanced laboratories using Accelerated Mass Spectrometry, on seven minuscule wooden samples.
The results were astonishing, as samples from inside parts of the Idol showed its age as 11,000 calendar years, to the very beginning of the Holocene epoch.
Standing taller than a two story building—it is 2.8 meters (9.2 feet) long, though it was originally 5.3 meters (17.4 feet) before lengths of the artifact were accidentally destroyed during the Soviet era—the idol is thought to have been a larch tree more than a century old, which was shaped and decorated using a stone spoon implement.
The body of the prehistoric sculpture is flat and rectangular, and horizontal lines cross at approximate chest level, appearing to represent ribs.