Russia 1909-EB ruble Dav-293
This specimen was lot 958 in Sincona sale 19 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 36,000 (about US$45,115 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "Rouble 1909, St. Petersburg Mint, ЭБ. Extremely rare as a proof!! Cabinet piece. Choice brilliant proof with most attractive rainbow patina." In 1886, the ruble was reduced to 20 grams after having been fixed at 20.73 grams since 1798. This is a scarce date, which ended in 1915.
Recorded mintage: 51,000.
Specification: 20 g, .868 fine silver, this specimen 20.04 g.
Catalog reference: Dav-293, Y-59.3; Bitkin 63 (R). Severin 4141.
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