Russia 1790-EM 5 kopeks
This specimen was lot 4289 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it sold for $135. The catalog description noted, "Russia. 5 Kopeks, 1790-ЕМ. Catherine II. Glossy brown with luster. Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated." This type was struck 1763-96 in the Ekaterinburg mint for circulation in Russia during the reign of Catherine the Great. Hundreds of millions were issued between the Annensk, Moscow, Sestroretsk, Kolyvan, Ekaterinburg and St. Petersburg mints. Many survive today but few in choice condition. Russia has the distinction of being the first country to issue decimal currency, as 100 kopeks = one ruble.
Recorded mintage: 39,995,000.
Specification: 51.19 g, copper.
Catalog reference: B-283; KM-C59.3.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.