Russia 1836-SP NG poltina

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Heritage sale 3049, lot 31370
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This specimen was lot 31370 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description[1] noted, "Nicholas I Poltina (1/2 Rouble) 1836 CПБ-HГ MS65 NGC, St. Petersburg mint. Obv. Crowned double-headed Imperial eagle in beaded circle. Crowned date and value in wreath. Superbly struck, with full luster beneath mottled gray, argent-gray, and silver patina. Only a few faint hairline-type marks are noted and this pristine example is one of the finer examples of the entire type that we have seen. This is the finest piece of this date certified by either NGC, or PCGS." Altho struck in much much smaller numbers than the contemporary ruble, this type struck at St. Petersburg 1832-58 has about the same catalog value.

Recorded mintage: 140,000.

Specification: 10.36 g, .868 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Bit-240, KM-C167.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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