Russia 1842-SP AC 5 rubles

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Goldberg sale 69, lot 4340
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This specimen was lot 4340 in Goldberg sale 69 (Los Angeles, May, 2012), where it sold for $1,725. The catalog description [2] noted, "Russia. 5 Rubles, 1842-SPB AU. Nicholas I. Eagle. Reverse: Value and date. NGC graded MS-63." This type was struck at the St. Petersburg mint 1832-46. Large numbers were made but few survive. In 1886, the standard was revised to match the French twenty francs d'or, resulting in a weight reduction to .186 troy oz.

Recorded mintage: 2,180,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 6.54 g, .917 fine gold, .193 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Bitkin 1st ed, 19; Sev-442;; Fr-155; KM-C175.1.


  • 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.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey and Paul Rynearson, Goldberg sale 69: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2012.

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