Russia (1721) ruble Dav-1655

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UBS sale 84, lot 1556
This specimen is lot 1556 in UBS sale 84 (Basel, January 2010). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RUSSLAND. Peter I. 1689-1725. Rubel 1721, Moskau. Geharnischtes, belorbeertes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Doppeladler. Lt. bearb. Sehr schön-vorzüglich." (Russia, Peter I, 1689-1725, ruble of 1721, Moscow mint. Obv: armored, laureate bust facing right. Rev: crowned double-headed eagle. Very fine to extremely fine).
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 seems fairly common as these things go but still 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.

Specification: silver, this specimen: 27.93 grams.

Catalog reference: Bitkin 448, Uzdenikov 599, KM 157.5, Dav-1655.


  • [1]UBS Gold & Numismatics, Auction 84: Gold and Silver Coins, Basel, 2009.
  • Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.

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