Russia 1862-SP PF 5 rubles
This specimen was lot 31587 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,500. The catalog description noted, "Alexander II gold 5 Roubles 1862 СПБ-ПФ MS62 NGC, St. Petersburg mint. Fully Mint State with razor-sharp detail throughout the design and radiant luster in the fields that enlivens the surfaces." This type is listed for 1859-85 and is fairly common in circulated condition. In 1886, the standard was revised to match the French twenty francs d'or, resulting in a weight reduction to .186 troy oz (see KM Y42).
Recorded mintage: 6,354,000.
Specification: 6.54 g, .917 fine gold, .193 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM-YB26, Fr-163, Bit-8.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.
- 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.