Russia 1844-SP KB ruble Dav-283

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10668
Russia 1844 ruble rev Ponterio 169-10668.jpg
Jean Elsen sale 144, lot 1470
The first specimen was lot 10668 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $441. The catalog description[1] noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1844-CNB KB. PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder. Toned with hints of multicolor." The second specimen was lot 1470 in Jean Elsen sale 144 (Brussels, March 2020), where it sold for €200 (about US$264 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"RUSSIE, Nicolas Ier (1825-1855), AR rouble, 1844Kb, Saint-Pétersbourg. Petits coups. Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (empire of Russia, Nicholas I, 1825-55, silver ruble of 1844, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This type was struck 1832-58 in large quantities but is today very rare in nice condition. An 1844/3 overdate is noted. The preceding type (Dav-282) is very similar but with a "wings down" eagle.

Recorded mintage: 2,933,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 20.73 g, .868 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM C-168.1; Bit-142, Dav-283; Uzd. 1622.


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  • 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.
  • Davenport, John S., European Crowns and Talers, Since 1800, 2nd Ed., London: Spink & Son, 1964.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • [2]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 144, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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