Russia 1798-CM MB ruble Dav-1688

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Künker sale 294, lot 5101
This specimen was lot 5101 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €600 (about US$809 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RUSSLAND, KAISERREICH, Paul I. 1796-1801. Rubel 1798, St. Petersburg. Feine Patina, fast vorzüglich. (empire of Russia, Paul I, 1796-1801, ruble of 1798, St. Petersburg mint. Fine patina, about extremely fine.)"
The SCWC records this product of the St. Petersburg mint (СПБ) for 1796-1801, with two mintmasters recorded for 1798. The type is not rare in circulated condition. The 1801 is recorded in Davenport as Dav-278 but is the same type. It is lighter than the ruble of Catherine II (Dav-1686) but higher in purity, resulting in the same amount of silver.

Recorded mintage: 3,279,000 (including all assayers).

Specification: 20.73 g, .868 fine silver, this specimen 20.84 g.

Catalog reference: KM-C101a; Bitkin 32, Dav-1688.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns, 1700-1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Katalog 294: Goldprägungen | Deutsche Münzen ab 1871 | Russische Münzen und Medaillen, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2017.

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