Poland 1840-MW zloty
This specimen was lot 31302 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,028.13. The catalog description noted, "Nicholas I Zloty 1840-MW MS65 NGC, Warsaw mint. Obv. Crowned Imperial eagle. Rev. Date and value. Silvery-gray, and gold, patina over fully lustrous surfaces. The strike is superb and no significant flaws are noted. Extremely rare in this Gem condition, with none certified finer by NGC, and PCGS, with one other piece certified in MS65." This issue was struck 1832-41 while Poland was under Russian rule (1815-1918). Thirty groszy equaled fifteen kopeks or one zloty. As the ten zlotych was the crown size silver piece, this zloty is the closest thing to a dime issued under the Russian system. Russian coinage for Poland ended in 1841.
Recorded mintage: 486,979 plus 1,060,001 with mintmaster HГ.
Specification: 3.1 g, .868 fine silver, .086 troy oz ASW, 19 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Parch-1031p, KM C129.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.