Russia (1718) ruble Dav-1652
The first specimen was lot 74 in Sincona sale 19 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 12,000 (about US$15,038 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Rouble 1718, Kadashevsky Mint, OK-L. Very rare. 4 roubles acc. to Petrov. 4 roubles according to Trapeznikov. About extremely fine. Collector’s note: 'S. Obv. Bust r. Large head. Rev. M A H E T A. Edge: 1718 in arabic num(erals)'." The coinage of Russia of the eighteenth century is a confusing and fascinating subject. Many ruble types were issued only briefly and can be dated even if they don't bear dates, such as this one from Peter the Great. This type is elusive and expensive. The rubles of Peter the Great were about 28 grams but shrank to 20 grams by the end of the reign of Catherine the Great.
Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.
Specification: 28.44 g, .729 fine silver, the first specimen 26.87 g.
Catalog reference: Dav-1652; KM-157.1; Bitkin 213 (R2). Severin 375. GM 88,7. Diakov 512 (R2).
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