Russia 1893 AG 5 rubles
This specimen was lot 31397 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $3,290. The catalog description noted, "Alexander III gold 5 Roubles 1893-(AГ) MS65 PCGS, St. Petersburg mint. Wholly vibrant, with glistening honey-tinged surfaces that are accented by rose-colored luster and impossibly-bold design features that show pinpoint definition across even the highest points. Conditionally rare and absolutely desired in this Gem level of preservation." 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: 598,000.
Specification: 6.45 g, .900 fine gold, .186 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM-Y42, Fr-168, Bitkin-39.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.