Poland 1839-MW 2 zlote
This specimen was lot 25289 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it sold for $1,955. The catalog description noted, "Nicholas I of Russia 2 Zlote - 30 Kopecks 1839MW, MS64 NGC, aged silvery gray and sea green patina with full underlying mint luster, rare grade and a most attractive piece." Despite Russian promises of autonomy, the czar found the Poles to be the most obstreperous of all his subjects. Major rebellions occurred in 1831 and 1863. This type is listed for 1834-41 and has two denominations, two zlotych for Poland and thirty kopeks for Russia. Coinage for Poland ceased in 1841 and regular Russian issues introduced.
Recorded mintage: 2,037 per the SCWC (more likely 2,037,000).
Specification: 6.21 g, .868 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-C132.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cristiano Bierrenbach, World and Ancient Coins sale 3019, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.