Russia 1865-SP NF ruble Dav-289

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 40763
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 40763 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $7,344. The catalog description[1] noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1865-CNB HO. PCGS MS-63 Secure Holder. Deep, rich toning from long term paper storage. Some old hidden scuffs account for the grade. Tied for finest certified at NGC and PCGS." This type was struck 1859-85 in respectable quantities but not so many as the prior type (Dav-283). This date is scarce but not rare. In 1886, the ruble was reduced to 20 grams.

Recorded mintage: 115,000.

Specification: 20.73 g, .868 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Dav-289; KM Y-25; Bit-56; Udz-1826.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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