Russia 1839 1-1/2 rubles
This specimen was lot 21787 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $46,000. The catalog description noted, "Nicholas I Battle of Borodino 1 1/2 Roubles 1839, by H. Gube, Bust right with radiant eye above/Monument with value below, MS63 PCGS. Attractive rose-gray patina over fully mirrored fields with bold definition. The nicest example of this very popular issue we have seen." The 1½ ruble denomination (which equalled ten Polish zlotych) was used only in the 1830's for some very rare commemoratives, including this one. This type is well out of the reach of ordinary collectors and was accompanied by a one ruble (Dav-288). It commemorates the Battle of Borodino, where Russian troops defeated Napoleon and forced him to abandon his invasion.
Recorded mintage: 6,000.
Specification: 31.1 g, .868 fine silver, .868 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Bit 892, KM C173, Dav-287.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
- There were circulating 1½ rouble coins for Poland struck by Russian mints as well as Polish mints.