Russia 1850-BM 1/4 kopek

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 Collector's Choice sale, lot 23529
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This specimen was lot 23529 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $900. The catalog description[1] noted, "RUSSIA. Polushka (1/4 Kopek), 1850-BM. Warsaw Mint. PCGS MS-63 RB. Significant mint red remains over the surfaces with designs that are bold due to strong strike. A SCARCE date, with the last certified example to appear at auction, a PCGS-graded AU-55, bringing 1,400 Polish Zloty hammer (approximately $400 hammer) in a March 2018 sale in Poland." This type was struck 1850-55 at Ekaterinburg (mintmark EM) and also Warsaw (shown here) 1850-53.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3 g, copper.

Catalog reference: C-147.3; Bit-878.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Bitkin, Vladimir, Composite Catalogue of Russian Coins, Part II (1740-1917), Kiev: Moneta, 2003.
  • Brekke, B. F., The Copper Coinage of Imperial Russia, 1700-1917, New York, Galerie des Monnaies, 1977, with 1987 supplement.
  • Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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