Russia 1851-SP AG 5 rubles
This specimen was lot 25368 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description noted, "Nicholas I gold 5 Roubles 1851 CПБ-AГ, Crowned double-headed Imperial eagle / Date and value in circle, MS62 NGC. Lightly abraded surfaces, with full, brilliant luster, and superb definition. A nice Mint State example." This type was struck at the St. Petersburg mint 1846-54. Large numbers were made but few survive. 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: 3,400,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 6.54 g, .917 fine gold, .193 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Bitkin-34; Fr-155; KM-C175.3.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.