Russia 1887-AG 5 rubles
This specimen was lot 33686 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,680. The catalog description noted, "Alexander III gold 5 Roubles 1887-AΓ MS63 NGC, St. Petersburg mint. Virtually flawless details and only the slightest pecks of die rust color this gorgeous example, with Tsar Alexander III's visage made all the more presupposing by its chiseled appearance." This type is listed for 1886-94 and matches the French twenty francs d'or. Prior types (1817-85, including KM YB26) were 6.54 g, .917 fine gold and the five rubles of Nicholas II (KM Y62) were 4.30 g, .900 fine gold. In fact, the 7½ rubles of Nicholas II (KM Y63) matches this coin in weight.
Recorded mintage: 3,261,000.
Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-168; Y-42.
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- Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.