Tannu Tuva 1934 3 kopejek
This specimen was lot 4447 in Goldberg sale 104 (Los Angeles, June 2018), where it sold for $480. The catalog description noted, "Tannu Tuva. 3 Kopejek, 1934. Autonomous region on the Russian Mongolian border. NGC graded AU-58." Tannu Tuva was originally part of the Chinese Empire's province of Outer Mongolia but fell under Russian control in late Tsarist times. During the chaos following World War One and that regimes collapse, the Tuvinians successfully declared independence in 1921. However, once Stalin had consolidated power in the mid-1920's, Tannu Tuva became a Russian protectorate and was ultimately annexed to the Soviet Union in 1944. The only issue of coinage for the land was in 1933-34, including this three kopejek, almost certainly minted in Moscow or Leningrad.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: aluminum bronze.
Catalog reference: KM-3.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 104: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2018.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.