Russia 1777-SP FL ruble Dav-1685
This specimen was lot 10652 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $1,528. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1777-CNB OA. NGC AU Details--Surface Hairlines. Catherine II (1762-96). Usual soft strike for type. From the Demarete Collection." 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 is only 24 grams.
Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.
Specification: 24 g, .750 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-1685; KM C-67b; Bit-209; Diakov-356.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.