Russia 1776-KM 2 kopeks

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From Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 7150
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 7150 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "RUSSIA. Siberia. 2 Kopek, 1776-KM. Catherine II (The Great) (1762-96). NGC MS-63 BN. Well preserved for the issue, with pleasing chocolatey glossy brown surfaces and excellent strike details." This type was struck 1764-80 for circulation in Siberia and is today common. Russia has the distinction of being the first country to issue decimal currency, as 100 kopeks = one ruble.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a common date.

Specification: 13.1 g, copper.

Catalog reference: KM C-4; Bit-1112.


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  • Bitkin, Vladimir, Composite Catalogue of Russian Coins, Part II (1740-1917), Kiev: Moneta, 2003.
  • Brekke, B. F., The Copper Coinage of Imperial Russia, 1700-1917, New York, Galerie des Monnaies, 1977, with 1987 supplement.
  • Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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