Russia 1857-SP FB poltina
This specimen was lot 773 in Sincona sale 12 (Zurich, October 2013), where it sold for 6,000 CHF (about US$7,760 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Alexander II, 1818-1881, Poltina 1857, St. Petersburg Mint. Very rare as a proof! Choice proof with minor contact marks and beautiful green patina." Altho struck in much smaller numbers than the contemporary ruble, this type struck 1832-58 has a lower catalog value. This specimen realized over eight times the SCWC value for a proof. An 1857/6 overdate is noted.
Recorded mintage: 450,000.
Specification: 10.36 g, .868 fine silver, this specimen 10.40 g.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 51, Severin 3654, GM 3.3, KM-C167.1.
- 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.
- Auktion 12: the SINCONA Collection, part 2, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.