Russia 1756 1/2 ruble Fr-118

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Ponterio sale 161, lot 21355
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
Goldberg sale 75, lot 3827
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

The first specimen was lot 21355 in Ponterio sale 161 (Chicago, August 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] 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[2] 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.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Rick, et al., Ponterio sale 161: The Chicago ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers, LLC, 2011.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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