Russia 1864-SP NF 15 kopeks
This specimen was lot 815 in Sincona sale 12 (Zurich, October 2013), where it sold for 120 CHF (about US$155 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Alexander II, 1818-1881, 15 Kopecks 1864, St. Petersburg Mint, H. About uncirculated." This type was struck 1860-66 in large numbers and this is a 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: 10,715,000 (highest mintage date).
Specification: 3.11 g, .750 fine silver, this specimen 3.13 g.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 189, Severin 3747, KM-Y21.
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- 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.