Russia 1779 ruble Fr-135
This specimen was lot 1989 in Goldberg sale 93 (Los Angeles, September 2016), where it sold for $1997.50. The catalog description noted, "Russia. Rouble, 1779. Catherine II. One year type. Attractive mint luster. NGC graded MS-61. From the Aurora Family Collection." 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: Sev-322; Fr-135; KM-C76.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- 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.