Russia 1723 ruble Dav-1657
This specimen was lot 1590 in Ponterio sale 182 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $2,291.25. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1723. NGC EF-45. Peter I (1689-1725)." 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 varies from Dav-1658 in the arrangement of the emperor's toga and armor. 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.
Catalog reference: Dav-1657; KM-162.2; Bit-892.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 182: The January 2014 NYINC Auction: World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stacks Bowers LLC.
- 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.