Russia 1770-SP YC ruble Dav-1684

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UBS sale 84, lot 1656
Ponterio sale 168, lot 40746
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
The first specimen was lot 1656 in UBS sale 84 (Basel, January 2010). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RUSSLAND. Katharina II. 1762-1796. Rubel 1770, St. Petersburg. Gekröntes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Doppeladler mit Georgswappen auf der Brust. Justiert. Sehr schön" (Russia, Catherine II, 1762-96, ruble of 1770, St. Petersburg mint. Obv: crowned bust facing right. Rev: Crowned double-headed eagle bearing a shield depicting St. George slaying the dragon. Very fine).
The second specimen was lot 40746 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $2,232. The catalog description[2] noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1770-CNB RY. PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder. Catherine II (1762-96). Bit-195. Nicely toned." The coinage of Russia of the eighteenth century is a confusing and fascinating subject. This type, issued 1763-82, is fairly common as is this date. 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: 1,198,000 (all varieties).

Specification: 24 g, .750 fine silver, .578 troy oz ASW, the first specimen: 24.92 grams.

Catalog reference: Bitkin 209, Uzdenikov 1030, KM C-67a.2, Dav-1684.


  • [1]UBS Gold & Numismatics, Auction 84: Gold and Silver Coins, Basel, 2009.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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