Poland 1850-MW 50 groszy
This specimen was lot 31300 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $3,290. The catalog description noted, "Nicholas I 50 Groszy (25 Kopecks) 1850-MW MS66 NGC, Warsaw mint. Obv. Crowned double-headed Imperial eagle. Rev. Satiny silver mint luster, with touches of light russet patina. The strike is essentially flawless and there are no flaws worthy of mention. A truly stunning example of the type, this piece is the finest certified by NGC, and PCGS, with the next closest being a single MS64 by NGC. Very rare in this superb condition." This issue was struck 1842-50 while Poland was under Russian rule (1815-1918). Fifty groszy equaled twenty-five kopeks or 1-2/3 of a zloty. Russian coinage for Poland ended in 1841.
Recorded mintage: 148,863.
Specification: 5.18 g, .868 fine silver, .144 troy oz ASW, 24.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Parch-1033h, KM C131.
- 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.