Russia 1740 ruble Dav-1674
This specimen was lot 168 in Sincona sale 19 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 700 (about US$877 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Rouble 1740, Red Mint. About 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 1736-40, is priced quite a bit lower than previous issues of Peter I, Catherine I and Peter II. The massive portrait of the empress can only have been drawn from life. The rubles of Peter II were about 28 grams but this type seems to be only 25.85 grams.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: 25.85 g, .802 fine silver, this specimen: 25.79 g.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 207/209 var. Severin 1325. GM 14.6, KM 198, Dav-1674.
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