Armavir 1918 3 rubles

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Jean Elsen sale 118, lot 1282; note three stars below eagle
Armenia 1918 3 rubles rev JElsen 118-1282.jpg
Sincona sale 19, lot 1014; note one star below eagle
The first specimen was lot 1282 in Jean Elsen sale 118 (Brussels, September 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"RUSSIE, Guerre civile, Cu 3 roubles, 1918, Armavir (Caucase). 1e émission (31 mm). Rare. Superbe (Russia, Civil war, copper three rubles of 1918, Armavir mint, first issue. Rare, extremely fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 1014 in Sincona sale 19 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 800 (about US$1,003 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted, "3 Roubles 1918, I3. Rare. Good very fine." This scarce and enigmatic issue was minted in by the Whites in their losing struggle against the Communists after World War One. Armavir is in the Russian Caucasus east of the Black Sea. One and five rubles also exist.

Recorded mintage: 27,539,000.

Specification: copper, 28 mm diameter; the first specimen 8.94 g, the second specimen 7.47 g.

Catalog reference: Bitkin-2, KM 2.1; the second specimen Bitkin 7 (R).


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 118, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2013.
  • [2]Shiryakov, I. V., and Jürg Richter, The Sincona Collection, Part 3 and Russian Coins & Medals from Other Properties, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.

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