Russia 1776-SP YC ruble Dav-1684

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UBS sale 84, lot 1664
This specimen is lot 1664 in UBS sale 84 (Basel, January 2010). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RUSSLAND. Katharina II. 1762-1796. Rubel 1776, St. Petersburg. Gekröntes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Gekrönter Doppeladler mit Georgswappen auf der Brust. Kl. Schrötlingsf. und Kr. Vorzüglich." (Russia, Catherine II, 1762-96, ruble of 1776, St. Petersburg mint. Obv: crowned bust facing right. Rev: Crowned double-headed eagle bearing a shield depicting St. George slaying the dragon. Lustrous extremely fine).
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: 2,625,000.

Specification: 24 g, .750 fine silver, .578 troy oz ASW, this specimen: 23.89 grams.

Catalog reference: Bitkin 221, Uzdenikov 1075, 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.

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