A beard tax is one of several taxes introduced throughout history on men who wear beards.
In 1705, Emperor Peter I of
instituted a beard tax to modernize the society of Russia following European models.
Those who paid the tax were required to carry a "beard token". This
was a copper or silver token with a Russian Eagle on one side and on the other,
the lower part of a face with nose, mouth, whiskers, and beard. It was
inscribed with two phrases: "the beard tax has been taken" and
"the beard is a superfluous burden".
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