Russia 1866-SP HI 5 rubles
This specimen was lot 21802 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,990. The catalog description noted, "Alexander II gold 5 Roubles 1866 CПБ-HI, Triple crowned Imperial eagle/Date and value in circle, MS64 PCGS. Well struck and lustrous with only a few minor marks." 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: 3,900,000 (both assayers).
Specification: 6.54 g, .917 fine gold, .193 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 14, KM-YB26.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
- 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.