Russia 1729 ruble Dav-1669

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Goldberg sale 70, lot 4541
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4541 in Goldberg sale 70 (Los Angeles, September 2012), where it sold for $310.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Russia. Ruble, 1729. Peter II, 1727-1730. NGC graded Fine, Details (Mount Removed)." 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. This type is rare but this damaged specimen sold fairly cheaply. The rubles of Peter II were about 28 grams but shrank to 20 grams by the end of the reign of Catherine the Great.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 28.44 g, .729 fine silver, .666 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Bitkin 1st ed, 24; Dav-1669; KM-182.3.


  • 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.
  • Bitkin, Vladimir, Composite Catalogue of Russian Coins, Part II (1740-1917), Kiev: Moneta, 2003.
  • Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
  • [1]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 70: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2012.

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