Russia 1863-SP MI 5 rubles
This specimen was lot 25398 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it sold for $2,990. The catalog description noted, "Alexander II gold 5 Roubles 1863 СПБ-MИ, Crowned double-headed Imperial eagle / Date and value in beaded circle, MS63+ PCGS. Full, brilliant reddish-golden patina with sharply defined devices and only a few very minor imperfections." This type is listed for 1859-85 and is fairly common in circulated condition. In 1886, the standard was revised to match the French twenty francs d'or, resulting in a weight reduction to .186 troy oz (see KM Y42).
Recorded mintage: 7,200,000.
Specification: 6.54 g, .917 fine gold, .193 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 9, KM-YB26.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cristiano Bierrenbach, World and Ancient Coins sale 3019, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- 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.