Russia 1774-SP FL ruble Dav-1684

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Goldberg sale 70, lot 4544
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4544 in Goldberg sale 70 (Los Angeles, September 2012), where it sold for $2,415. The catalog description[1] noted, "Russia. Ruble, 1774-СПА ОД. Catherine II, The Great, 1762-1796. Sharply struck example with original mint luster. A very choice example with wonderful eye appeal. NGC graded MS-61." The rubles of Peter II were about 28 grams but shrank to 20 grams by the end of the reign of Catherine the Great. This is the most common ruble of the eighteenth century but it is not cheap in nice condition.

Recorded mintage: 2,770,000.

Specification: 24 g, .750 fine silver, .578 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Dav-1684; Sev-2091, KM C67a.2.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 70: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2012.

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