Russia 1777 1/2 ruble Fr-136
This specimen was lot 40343 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,840. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. 1/2 Ruble, 1777. NGC AU-58. Catherine II (the Great) (1762-96). Demarete Collection." This gold half ruble, or poltina, is listed for 1777-78 only and is the last gold issue of that denomination, which was regularly struck in silver.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 0.65 g, .917 fine gold, .019 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-136; C-75; Bit-109; Sev-312; Diakov-355.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.