Russia 1797-SP FT 1/4 ruble

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Jean Elsen sale 144, lot 1456
This specimen was lot 1456 in Jean Elsen sale 144 (Brussels, March 2020), where it sold for €550 (about US$725 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"RUSSIE, Paul Ier (1796-1801), AR polupoltinnik, 1797, Saint-Pétersbourg. Rare. Beau à Très Beau. (empire of Russia, Paul I, 1796-1801, silver quarter ruble of 1797, St. Petersburg mint. Rare, Fine - Very Fine.)"
This is the last issue of this denomination at this weight. The superseding type (KM C98.1a, struck 1801) was only 5.18 g. The assayer's initials (incorrectly reported in the SCWC as ФA) stand for Feodor Tsetreus, who served 1797-1801.

Recorded mintage: 28,000, one year type, rare.

Specification: 7.31 g, 0.868 fine silver, this specimen 7,27 g.

Catalog reference: KM C98.1, Bitkin 24; Uzd. 1269.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 144, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils S.A., 2020.

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