Russia 1888-SP 1/2 kopek
This specimen was lot 25407 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it sold for $2,760. The catalog description noted, "Alexander III Proof 1/2 Kopeck 1888 СПБ, Crowned Alexander III monogram in wreath / Date and value, Proof 64 Brown NGC. Well struck with mirrored fields and chocolate color." This type is listed for 1881-94. Most dates are common with, of course, the exception of the proofs.
Recorded mintage: 610,000.
Specification: 4 g, copper.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 198, Brekke 21, KM-Y30.
- 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.