Russia 1795-EM 5 kopeks
This specimen was lot 7159 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $282. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. 5 Kopek, 1795-EM. Catherine II (the Great) (1762-96). PCGS MS-63 BN Secure Holder. Attractive brown patina." This type was struck 1763-96 in the Ekaterinburg mint for circulation in Russia during the reign of Catherine the Great. Over a billion were issued between the Annensk, Moscow, Sestroretsk, Kolyvan, Ekaterinburg and St. Petersburg mints. Many survive today but few in choice condition. Russia has the distinction of being the first country to issue decimal currency, as 100 kopeks = one ruble.
Recorded mintage: 15,531,000.
Specification: 51.2 g, copper.
Catalog reference: KM C-59.3; Bit-649.
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