Russia 1831-SP NG 5 kopeks
This specimen was lot 32132 in Heritage sale 3076 (Long Beach, CA, September 2019), where it sold for $1,900. The catalog description noted, "Russia. Nicholas I 5 Kopecks 1831 CПБ-HГ MS66 NGC, St. Petersburg mint, A stunning example, with a touch of russet patina over boldly struck, fully lustrous surfaces. No flaws worthy of mention are noted. This is the single finest certified example graded by NGC and PCGS combined." This type was struck 1826-31 at St. Petersburg and is reasonably common in circulated condition. Silver five kopeks were struck to this standard until 1858 along with copper five kopeks from Ekaterinburg and Suzun.
Recorded mintage: 520,000.
Specification: 1.036 g, .868 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-C156, Bit-157.
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- Bitkin, Vladimir, Composite Catalogue of Russian Coins, Part II (1740-1917), Kiev: Moneta, 2003.
- Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3076, featuring the Allen Moretti Swiss Collection and the James Mossman Collection of Canadian Coinage, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.