Russia 1889-AG 5 rubles
The first specimen was lot 25428 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it sold for $4,025. The catalog description noted, "Alexander III gold 5 Roubles 1889 AГ, Head of Alexander III right / Crowned double-headed Imperial eagle with date and value, MS65 NGC. Full mint brilliance with a nice strike. A Gem example of the Alexander 5 Rouble type." The second specimen was lot 40369 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,292. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. 5 Ruble, 1889-AT. NGC MS-62. NGC MS-62." This type is listed for 1886-94 and matches the French twenty francs d'or. Prior types (1817-85, including KM YB26) were 6.54 g, .917 fine gold and the five rubles of Nicholas II (KM Y62) were 4.30 g, .900 fine gold. In fact, the 7½ rubles of Nicholas II (KM Y63) matches this coin in weight.
Recorded mintage: 4,200,000.
Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-168; Severin-535, Bitkin 33, KM Y42.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.