Russia 1778-SP 15 kopeks
This specimen was lot 22930 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. 15 Kopek, 1778-CNB. Catherine II (the Great) (1762-96). PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder. 'BCEPOCC.' at end of legend, RARE as listed in Bitkin and Diakov. Well struck. Fantastic flannel gray toning, a choice example." This is a common date of a style issued 1778-82, with the 1782 being rare. The variety mentioned in the auction description is also rare. This denomination was struck in several styles during the reign of Catherine the Great, after which the denomination was dropped until the 1860's.
Recorded mintage: 800,000.
Specification: 3.55 g, .750 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM C-62b; Bit-427; Dia-381.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.