Russia 1779 ruble Fr-135

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Goldberg sale 93, lot 1989
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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 ANA sale, lot 23617
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The first specimen was lot 1989 in Goldberg sale 93 (Los Angeles, September 2016), where it sold for $1997.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Russia. Rouble, 1779. Catherine II. One year type. Attractive mint luster. NGC graded MS-61. From the Aurora Family Collection." The second specimen was lot 23617 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it sold for $552. The catalog description[2] noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1779. St. Petersburg Mint. Catherine II. PCGS EF-45 Gold Shield. One year type. Overall, remarkably clean for the grade. Trace amounts of dark patina in the design crevices."The coinage of Russia of the eighteenth century is a confusing and fascinating subject. This type, issued 1779 only, is not listed as expensive but this specimen realized over twice the catalog value. It was the last attempt to circulate a gold ruble. Catherine the Great began life as an obscure German princess but became czarina after the murder of her husband.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.3 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Bit-115; Sev-322; Fr-135; KM-C76.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 93: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.
  • [2]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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