Russia 1898-AG ruble Dav-293
This specimen was lot 31400 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description noted, "Nicholas II Rouble 1898-AГ MS63 PCGS, St. Petersburg mint. Obv. Bare head left. Rev. Crowned double-headed Imperial eagle with date and value. Bright luster, with a hint of golden patina and minor marks. Die-striations (as struck) are noted on both sides." The varieties, KM Y59.1, Y59.2 and Y59.3, vary in the number of stars on the rim which, unfortunately, don't show on the photos here.
Recorded mintage: 18,725,000 plus 5,000,000 (KM Y59.2) plus 14,000,000 (KM Y59.1).
Specification: 20 g, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Bit-43, KM-Y59.3, Dav-293.
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- 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.