Russia 1878-SP 5 kopeks
This specimen was lot 43928 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $264. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. 5 Kopek, 1878-CNB. PCGS MS-63 BN Gold Shield. Golden brown in the open field with blue tone highlighting most of the raised designs." This type was struck at St. Petersburg 1867-81 and at Ekaterinburg 1867-76. A silver 5 kopeks was struck at the same time and eventually superseded the copper type.
Recorded mintage: 12,542,000, a common date.
Specification: 16.4 g, copper, 32.6 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM-Y12.2; Bit-506.
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- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.