Russia 1798-SP MB poltina
This specimen was lot 30574 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description noted, "Paul I Poltina (1/2 Rouble) 1798 CM-MБ MS62 NGC, St. Petersburg mint, Bitkin-48, Severin-2425. Obv. Cruciform crowned Imperial monogram with the date. Rev. Four-line legend in garnished tablet. A pleasing Mint State example of this scarce type. The surfaces display a few flan flaws, but no significant handling marks. The luster is full, with attractive, original argent-gray and light gold patina. Very scarce in this condition." This poltina or half ruble was struck in this style 1798-1800. Like the other poltinas of the eighteenth century, it is scarce.
Reported Mintage: 284,000.
Specification: 10.37 g, .868 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM C99.1a, Bitkin-312 (R), Diakov-552 (R1).
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Bitkin, Vladimir, Composite Catalogue of Russian Coins, Part II (1740-1917), Kiev: Moneta, 2003.
- Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.