Russia 1852-SP AG 5 rubles

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 1369
This specimen was lot 1369 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €650 (about US$905 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RUSSIE, Nicolas Ier (1825-1855), AV 5 roubles, 1852AΓ, Saint-Pétersbourg. Fines griffes. Superbe. (empire of Russia, Nicholas I, 1825-55, gold five rubles of 1852, St. Petersburg mint. Fine scratches, Extremely Fine.)"
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: 3,900,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 6.54 g, .917 fine gold, .193 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Bitkin 35; Uzd. 234; Fr-155; KM-C175.3.


  • 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.
  • Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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