Russia 1759-SP YI ruble Dav-1681

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 21332
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This specimen was lot 21332 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,200. The catalog description[1] noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1759-CNB RI. Elizabeth I (1741-61). PCGS EF-45 Secure Holder. Slightly uneven strike with plenty of good definition of the fine details. No major distractions to speak of with lovely old cabinet tone displaying highlights of reds, purples and blues when tilted in the light." 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: 601,000 (including assayer HK).

Specification: 25.85 g, .802 fine silver.

Catalog reference: C-19c.4; Bit-291; Dia-537, Dav-1681.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • 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.

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