Russia 1861-SP 15 kopeks
This specimen was lot 22436 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $223. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. 15 Kopeks, 1861-CNB. NGC MS-65. Alexander II (1855-81)." This type was struck 1860-66 in large numbers and this is the most common date. In 1867, the weight was reduced to 2.70 g, .500 fine silver and struck in that form until the collapse of the regime.
Recorded mintage: 13,300,000 plus 10,120,000 with assayer's initials.
Specification: 3.11 g, .750 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM Y-21; Bit-290.
- 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.