Russia 1851-SP PA poltina
This specimen was lot 655 in Sincona sale 19 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 550 (about US$689 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Poltina 1851, St. Petersburg Mint, ПА. Old ink mark. Interesting variant. About extremely fine." This type is listed for 1832-58 and was emitted in substantial quantities at St. Petersburg and Warsaw. This date is common. The assayer is Paul Alexiev.
Recorded mintage: 800,000.
Specification: 10.36 g, .868 fine silver, this specimen 10.31 g.
Catalog reference: KM C-167.1; Bitkin 264. Severin 3581. GM 36.3 var.
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