Russia 1733 ruble Dav-1671

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UBS sale 84, lot 1588
This specimen is lot 1588 in UBS sale 84 (Basel, January 2010). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RUSSLAND. Anna Iwanovna, 1730-1740. Rubel 1733, Moskau. Gekröntes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Doppeladler mit Georgswappen auf der Brust. Sehr schön-vorzüglich" (Russia, Anna Ivanovna, 1730-40. Ruble of 1733, Moscow mint. Obv: armored, laureate bust facing right. Rev: Crowned double-headed eagle bearing a shield depicting St. George slaying the dragon. 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. This type, issued 1733-34, is priced quite a bit lower than previous issues of Peter I, Catherine I and Peter II. The rubles of Peter II were about 28 grams but this type seems to be only 26 grams.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 25.85 g, .802 fine silver, this specimen: 25.85 grams.

Catalog reference: Bitkin 65, Uzdenikov 706, KM 192.2, Dav-1671.


  • [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.
  • Bitkin, Vladimir, Composite Catalogue of Russian Coins, Part II (1740-1917), Kiev: Moneta, 2003.
  • 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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