How Pugachev scorched across Orenburg with copper fins
In 1773, the forces of Pugachev besieged Orenburg. The city-fortress rebel army tried to take about six months. Moreover, according to the legend, the artillerymen of Pugachev literally bombarded the city with money and this did not help.
The reason for this generosity is this. After the siege was prolonged, the Pugachev began to run out of nuclei and bombs. Therefore, the guns began to be clamped with stones that were approximately the same size. And then copper money went into use, which Pugachev himself called the “Katykin Pyataks” because of the coat of arms on the obverse.
One charge included about a dozen coins. Since they were cast from copper alloy, the coins were rather heavy, each weighing about 60 g each. With a successful shot, according to eyewitness accounts, the money was punched with a 200 m cuirass. But even if she didn’t make a hole, the blow was strong. From the saddle thrown on any. Yes, and broken ribs.
Well, in addition, such a firing by "footers" led to an additional psychological effect.The flying coins made an eerie howl, and besides, the Orenburg people saw that the rebel, with wastefulness, shoots him with money. This caused doubts - maybe the emperor in front of them. Where would some cossack out there have such untold riches. After all, it was possible to buy a lot of money on the penny, and here they were firing constantly.