Russia 1873-SP HI 5 rubles
This specimen was lot 40365 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $1,380. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. 5 Ruble, 1873-CNB HI. NGC MS-62." 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.
Recorded mintage: 3,000,000.
Specification: 6.54 g, .917 fine gold, .192 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-163; KM Y-B26; Bit-21; Severin-494.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.