Russia 1899-EB ruble Dav-293
This specimen was lot 926 in Sincona sale 19 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 32,000 (about US$40,102 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Rouble 1899, St. Petersburg Mint, ЭБ. Very rare as a proof! Brilliant uncirculated proof with attractive patina." In 1886, the ruble was reduced to 20 grams after having been fixed at 20.73 grams since 1798. This type was struck 1894-1915.
Recorded mintage: 6,503,000 plus proofs (both assayers).
Specification: 20.0 g, .900 fine silver, this specimen 19.99 g.
Catalog reference: Dav-293; KM Y59.3; Bitkin 46. Severin 4070.
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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.