Russia 1758-SP YI ruble Dav-1681
This specimen was lot 24871 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,230. The catalog description noted, "Elizabeth Rouble 1758 CПБ-ЯI, St. Petersburg mint, AU55 NGC. Bright, and lustrous, with a few minor reverse flan flaws. A very rare issue (the "Ivanov" type) and the only example of this Bitkin number that has been certified by NGC, in any grade." The coinage of Russia of the eighteenth century is a confusing and fascinating subject. This type, issued 1757-61 from St. Petersburg and 1754-58 from Moscow, is somewhat available. The rubles of Peter II were about 28 grams but this type seems to be only 26 grams.
Recorded mintage: 600,000.
Specification: 25.85 g, .802 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Bitkin-286, Diakov-502, Petrov (3.5 Rub), KM C19b.4, Dav-1681.
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