Russia 1878-SP NF 20 kopeks
This specimen was lot 851 in Sincona sale 19 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 350 (about US$439 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "20 Kopecks 1878, St. Petersburg Mint, HФ. Old pencil marks. Choice brilliant uncirculated." This type of 1867-93 is common. It is reduced in weight and fineness from the type of 1860-66.
Recorded mintage: 25,335,000 (both assayers).
Specification: 3.60 g, .500 fine silver, this specimen 3.51 g.
Catalog reference: KM Y22a.1; Bitkin 231. Severin 3884. GM 24.6.
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- Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
- Shiryakov, I. V., and Jürg Richter, The Sincona Collection, Part 3 and Russian Coins & Medals from Other Properties, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.