Russia 1850-SP AG 5 rubles

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 33638
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 33638 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $780. The catalog description[1] noted, "Nicholas I gold 5 Roubles 1850 CПБ-AГ AU58 NGC, St. Petersburg mint. Eagle of 1851-1858 type. Lustrous with light marks and a sharp strike." This type is listed for 1846-54 and is fairly common in circulated condition. 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: 3,900,000.

Specification: 6.54 g, .917 fine gold, .192 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-155, KM-C175.3, Bit-33.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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