Russia 1851-EM 1/4 kopek

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 Collector's Choice sale, lot 71459
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This specimen was lot 71459 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it sold for $312. The catalog description[1] noted, "RUSSIA. Polushka (1/4 Kopek), 1851 EM. Ekaterinburg Mint. PCGS MS-63 BN Secure Holder. 1851/0 overdate. Attractive dark brown patina with hints of red around the devices." This type was struck 1850-55 at Ekaterinburg (shown here) and also Warsaw (mintmark BM) 1850-53. The Ekaterinburg mint made polushkas until 1876.

Recorded mintage: 7,776,000.

Specification: 3 g, copper.

Catalog reference: C-147.1; Bit-622.


  • 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.
  • 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 May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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