Russia 1898-AG ruble Dav-295
This specimen was lot 40766 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $14,375. The catalog description noted, "RUSSIA. Ruble, 1898-AT. NGC MS-64. Completion of the Alexander II Memorial commemorative. Attractive toning with cobalt blue highlights, particularly around the legend. From the Demarete Collection." In 1886, the ruble was reduced to 20 grams after having been fixed at 20.73 grams since 1798. This commemorative is rare.
Recorded mintage: est. 5,000.
Specification: 20 g, .868 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-295; KM Y-61; Bit-312; Sev-4055; Julian-1226.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.