Russia 1834-SP ruble Dav-285
This specimen was lot 25381 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it sold for $3,220. The catalog description noted, "Nicholas I, Alexander I Column Commemorative Rouble 1834, by H. Gube, Bust right/Alexander I monument, AU55 NGC. Well struck with white centers and a band of dark blue toning around the peripheries on both the obverse and reverse." This type was struck 1834 only on the occasion of the unveiling of a monument to the czar's father, Alexander I. The obverse legend translates as, "ALEXANDER FIRST BY THE GRACE OF GOD EMPEROR OF ALL THE RUSSIAS," and the reverse, "TO ALEXANDER FIRST GRATEFUL RUSSIA 1834, 1 RUBLE."
Recorded mintage: 15,000.
Specification: 20.73 g, .868 fine silver, engraved by Heinrich Gube.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 894, KM C169, Dav-285.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cristiano Bierrenbach, World and Ancient Coins sale 3019, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.