Russia 1756-MMA MB ruble Dav-1678
This specimen was lot 24736 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $552. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1756-MMA MB. Elizabeth I (1741-61). PCGS AU-53 Secure Holder. Moscow mint. Dark toned with underlying luster." The coinage of Russia of the eighteenth century is a confusing and fascinating subject. This type, issued 1754-57 from St. Petersburg and 1751-58 from Moscow, varied from the prior type by the addition of the assayer's initials. The rubles of Peter II were about 28 grams but this type seems to be only 26 grams.
Recorded mintage: 217,000.
Specification: 25.85 g, .802 fine silver.
Catalog reference: C-19c.1, Dav-1678.
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