Russia 1751-SP ruble Dav-1677
The first specimen was lot 5395 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $2,127.50. The catalog description  noted, "Russia. Ruble, 1751-SPB. Elizabeth, 1741-1762. Toned. NGC graded AU-55." The second specimen was lot 1595 in Ponterio sale 182 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $12,925. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1751-CNB. NGC MS-63. Exceptional Quality Elizabeth Ruble Elizabeth (1741-61). A stellar example, bright and lustrous. Highest certified by NGC." This type was struck 1743-51 and is rather expensive in nice condition. Later in 1751, assayers' initials were added to the coin and the revised type (KM C19b.5) was struck until 1757 at St. Petersburg (shown here) and Moscow.
Recorded mintage: 835,000 (all varieties).
Specification: 25.85 g, .802 fine silver, .666 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 1st ed-174; Dav-1677; KM C19B.4, Bit-315.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 182: The January 2014 NYINC Auction: World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stacks Bowers LLC.