Russia 1765-SP YI ruble Dav-1683
This specimen was lot 21401 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1765-CNB RI. Catherine II (the Great) (1762-96). NGC AU-55. Nice strike, light toning and highly lustrous." The coinage of Russia of the eighteenth century is a confusing and fascinating subject. This type, issued 1763-82, is fairly common. Catherine the Great began life as an obscure German princess but became czarina after the murder of her husband. The rubles of Peter II were about 28 grams but this type seems to be only 24 grams.
Recorded mintage: 2,782,000 combined for assayers YI and CA.
Specification: 24 g, .750 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM C-67.2a; Bit-187; Dia-81, Dav-1683.
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- Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.