Russia 1780-SP IZ ruble Dav-1685
This specimen was lot 25337 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description noted, "Catherine II Rouble 1780 CПБ ИЗ, Crowned bust right/ Crowned double-headed Imperial eagle with date, AU58 NGC. Sharply struck devices with light gray-russet toning over lustrous, minimally abraded surfaces." 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: 2,866,000.
Specification: 24 g, .750 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-1685; KM C-67b; Bit-228.
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