Russia 1756 1/2 ruble Fr-118
The first specimen was lot 21355 in Ponterio sale 161 (Chicago, August 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. Gold Poltina (1/2 Ruble), 1756. Elizabeth (1741-61). NGC MS-62." The second specimen was lot 3827 in Goldberg sale 75 (Los Angeles, September 2013), where it sold for $1,006.25. The catalog description noted, "Russia. Poltina (½ Rouble), 1756. Elizabeth. Bust right. Reverse: Crowned initials. NGC graded AU-58." The poltina or half ruble was normally a silver coin but in 1756 gold ones were issued, an experiment not repeated. A very rare type.
Recorded mintage: 22,000.
Specification: .81 g, .917 fine gold, .024 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-118; KM C-21.1; Bit-63, Sev-192.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Rick, et al., Ponterio sale 161: The Chicago ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers, LLC, 2011.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.