Russia 1775-SP 10 rubles Fr-129a

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 1543
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 1543 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $35,250. The catalog description[1] noted, "RUSSIA. 10 Ruble, 1775-CNB. St. Petersburg Mint. Catherine II (1762-96). NGC MS-62. The finest certified example by NGC, with only two other coins graded (both VF). A bright and lustrous example that is well struck and very attractive. Surfaces accented with light orange-gold tones." Tsarina Elizabeth introduced the denomination in 1755 with a small issue, now very rare. Catherine the Great reduced the coin to 13.08 g in 1764 and likely melted as many of the older coins as she could obtain. This type of 1766-76 is expensive but slightly more available than the prior design.

Recorded mintage: 50,000.

Specification: 13.08 g, .917 fine gold, .385 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-129a; C-79a; Bit-31; Diakov-319.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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