Russia 1844-MW poltina
This specimen was lot 25376 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Nicholas I Poltina (1/2 Rouble) 1844 MW (Warsaw mint), Crowned double-headed Imperial eagle / Crowned date and value in wreath, bottom of eagle's tail even, AU50 NGC. Light gray toning with minor contact marks. A very scarce issue." Altho struck in much much smaller numbers than the contemporary ruble, this type struck at Warsaw 1842-46 and 1854 has a lower catalog value.
Recorded mintage: 116,000.
Specification: 10.36 g, .868 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 434, KM C167.2.
- 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.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cristiano Bierrenbach, World and Ancient Coins sale 3019, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.