Russia 1922-PL ruble
This specimen was lot 31633 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $3,000. The catalog description noted, "R.S.F.S.R. Proof 50 Kopecks 1922-ПЛ PR65 NGC, Leningrad mint. Obv. National arms. Rev. '50' in star with date below. A sparkling example, with superbly defined details, nicely mirrored fields and frosted devices. The appearance is quite pleasing, with a touch of attractive gold patina." This type was struck 1921-22 toward the end of the Russian Civil War as the Communists consolidated power. It was accompanied by a silver 50 kopeks (KM Y84).
Recorded mintage: 2,050,000 plus a few proofs, including assayer AГ.
Specification: 20 g, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Dav-300, KM-Y83.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.