Russia 1857-MW 25 kopeks
This specimen was lot 31771 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Alexander II 25 Kopecks 1857-MW MS63 Prooflike NGC, Warsaw mint. Obv. Crowned double-headed eagle holding orb and scepter with a beaded circle. Rev. Crowned date and value in wreath. Superbly struck with deeply mirrored fields. Like marks are noted on both sides with attractive reddish-gold patina. An extremely rare issue in all grades and this is the single example certified as Prooflike with no other examples given a higher numerical grade." Although this type was struck in large quantities at St. Petersburg, it was struck at Warsaw 1854 and 1857 only. Both dates are rare.
Recorded mintage: 33,000.
Specification: 5.18 g, .868 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM C166.2, Bitkin-285 (R1).
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.