Russia 1797-CM FT poltina
This specimen was lot 25814 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $43,475. The catalog description noted, "Exceedingly Rare Choice AU Paul I Poltina (1/2 Rouble) 1797 CM-ФЦ, St. Petersburg mint, AU58 NGC. Obv. Cruciform crowned Imperial monogram with the date. Rev. Four-line legend in garnished tablet. Fully lustrous beneath attractive lavender and argent-gray toning with a touch of rubbing on the highpoints. An extremely rare type, particularly in AU and finer conditions." This is the only poltina struck at this weight; the next issue, KM C99.1a, was only 10.37 g. The assayer's initials (incorrectly reported in the SCWC as ФA) stand for Feodor Tsetreus, who served 1797-1801.
Recorded mintage: 214,000.
Specification: 14.62 g, .868 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Bitkin-21 (R), Severin-2400, KM-C99.1.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.