Livonia 1757 96 kopeks

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 21331
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Livonia in 1740, from Shepherd's atlas

This specimen was lot 21331 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "RUSSIA. Livonia & Estonia. 96 Kopek (Ruble), 1757. Elizabeth (1741-61). NGC EF-45. VERY RARE one year type coin and the only crown sized circulation issue for Livonia & Estonia under the Russian Administration. Reported mintage of only 27,000 pieces. A few minor edge flaws on the reverse, good strike with light attractive tone." This coin was issued by the tsarina for the recently occupied province of Livonia, now part of Latvia. The region was conquered from pagan tribes by the Teutonic Knights and after their collapse, traded among Poland, Sweden and Russia, which held it 1721-1918. This denomination was accompanied by two, four, 24 and 48 kopeks and was minted in Moscow.

Recorded mintage: 27,000.

Specification: 26.38 g, .750 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-5; Bit-463, Dav-1690.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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