Poland 1838-NG 5 zlotych

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Sincona sale 19, lot 706
This specimen was lot 706 in Sincona sale 19 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 180,000 (about US$225,576 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"¾ Roubles – 5 Zlotych 1838, St. Petersburg Mint, HГ. 75 roubles according to Ilijin!!! 40 roubles acc. to Trapeznikov!! Excessively rare as a proof!! The most legendary provenance from the famous collection of Count I. I. Tolstoy!! Eminent provenance! Cabinet piece. Magnificent proof with amazing patina. Collector’s note: 'RRR. Rather rare in GM. 12 063 pcs struck but was already before revolution at least 75 roubles worth. Proof” Ex famous auction Adolph Hess AG / Bank Leu & Co. AG 27, Lucerne, 14-16. 10. 1964, lot 1520 (a small paper tag from that auction with the lot number is enclosed hereto). The coins in that sale originated from the Virgil Brand collection Ex famous „Collection of Count I. I. Tolstoy. Russian Coins from 19th Century“. Adolph Hess auction № 142, 10th of March 1913, lot 1580! Because of its rarity such a coin was not in „Duplicates from the Imperial Coin Cabinet of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg'. Adolph Hess auction 132, 29th of May 1911! Because of its rarity such a coin was not in proof in the famous „Russian Coins from 19th and 20th Centuries. Collection of Duplicates from Russian Museums“, Adolph Hess auction 204, 18th of February 1931!"
This issue was struck 1833-41 while Poland was under Russian rule (1815-1918). Five zlotych equaled three-quarters of a ruble. Russian coinage for Poland ended in 1841.

Recorded mintage: 12,063.

Specification: 15.54 g, .868 fine silver, .433 troy oz ASW, this specimen 15.55 g.

Catalog reference: KM C133, Bitkin 1105 (R3). Severin 3265. GM 16.9.

Sources:

  • [1]Shiryakov, I. V., and Jürg Richter, The Sincona Collection, Part 3 and Russian Coins & Medals from Other Properties, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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