Russia 1855-SP HI 25 kopeks
This specimen was lot 22435 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $258. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. 25 Kopeks, 1855-CNB HI. NGC MS-64. Alexander II (1855-81). Pretty toning." This type was struck 1832-58 in large quantities but is today much coveted in nice condition. In 1886 the coin was lowered in weight to 5 g but raised in purity to .900 fine to more closely match the French standard (KM Y44).
Recorded mintage: 10,396,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 5.18 g, .868 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM C-166.1; Bit-114.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.