Russia 1756-SP 5 kopeks
This specimen was lot 25545 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $2,702.50. The catalog description noted, "Elizabeth silver 5 Kopecks 1756-СПБ, Eagle supporting crowned monogram / Eagle supporting value with date above and mintmark below, MS65 NGC. A remarkable survivor with handsome argent-gray toning and shimmering underlying luster. A true prize for the Russian specialist and the only example certified in MS65 by NGC, with none finer." This type was struck 1756-61 at the St. Petersburg mint for Elizabeth I. In 1759, the production of copper five kopeks commenced and they were produced in enormous quantities. The next silver issue was in 1797.
Recorded mintage: 905,000 (including KM C15.1).
Specification: 1.21 g, .802 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 341, KM-C15.2.
- 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.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.