Russia 1779-SP 10 rubles Fr-129b
This specimen was lot 3335 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $21,150. The catalog description noted, "10 Ruble, 1779-CNB. Catherine II (The Great) (1762-96). PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder. An always popular multiple Ruble type. Struck with worn dies but with no major deficiencies or flaws. Planchet of highly lustrous metal with brilliant golden light beaming throughout the reverse and in the periphery of the obverse under vibrant orange toning. Some trivial bag marks in the fields as one might expect but with no other adverse marks or excessive wear. Ex: Stack's Sale March 4-5, 1988, Lot #1476." This type was struck 1777-82 and superseded the ten rubles of the Czarina Elizabeth which were 16.59 grams.
Recorded mintage: 15,000.
Specification: 13.08 g, .917 fine gold, .385 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-129b; C-79b; Bit-37.
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- 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.