Russia 1777-SP FL poltina

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From Stack's Bowers 2017 NYINC sale, lot 3333
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 3333 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "RUSSIA. 1/2 Ruble (Poltina), 1777-CNB OA. Catherine II (The Great) (1762-96). NGC AU-55. RARE. An attractive surviving example with soft glowing luster throughout. A few light touches of subtle wear but with no actual flattening or loss of detail. Attractive mild gray toning in fields with the outer edges taking muted blue and green hues which form an appealing halo around the bust and eagle. Very desirable and conservatively graded." This type was issued from St. Petersburg 1777-79. Mintages were moderate but the type is rare today. A poltina was half a ruble. Russia has the distinction of being the first country to issue decimal currency, as 100 kopeks = one ruble.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 12 g, .750 fine silver, .289 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM C-66b; Bit-295; Dia-360.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [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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