Russia 1795-AM 2 kopeks

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 Collector's Choice sale, lot 71451
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This specimen was lot 71451 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $576. The catalog description[1] noted, "RUSSIA. 2 Kopeks, 1795/4 AM. Annensk. PCGS AU-50 Secure Holder. Dark chocolate brown patina. Clear overdate." This type was struck 1781-96 in the Kolyvan mint for circulation in Russia during the reign of Catherine the Great. Many millions were issued between the Annensk (struck 1789-96), Moscow, Feodesia, Kolyvan, Ekaterinburg and St. Petersburg mints. Many survive today but few in choice condition. This is a rare date, being priced at twenty times the Ekaterinburg issue. Russia has the distinction of being the first country to issue decimal currency, as 100 kopeks = one ruble.

Recorded mintage: 56,000.

Specification: 20.48 g, copper.

Catalog reference: KM C-58.2; Bit-873.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 201612.
  • Bitkin, Vladimir, Composite Catalogue of Russian Coins, Part II (1740-1917), Kiev: Moneta, 2003.
  • Brekke, B. F., The Copper Coinage of Imperial Russia, 1700-1917, New York, Galerie des Monnaies, 1977, with 1987 supplement.
  • Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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