Rouble 1886-AГ MS64 NGC, St. Petersburg mint, KM-Y46, Bit-60. Obv. Bust right. Rev. Crowned double-headed Imperial eagle with date and value. Frosty fields on the obverse, layered in silver patina with the periphery glowing in gentle warmth. A coin that simply needs to be appreciated in hand, as photos cannot do it full justice. Tied for second-finest seen by NGC to-date.
Rouble 1723-OK XF40 NGC, Red mint, KM162.3, Bit-884. Continuous obverse legend, with rosettes. An admirably preserved specimen for the type, attractively toned throughout, a ring of blue iridescence seen surrounding the bust of Peter the Great's portrait. The reverse displays an even greater array of color, with tangerine, gold, and emerald hues on full display. Sold with old collector's envelope.
Rouble 1809 CΠБ-MК AU58 NGC, St. Petersburg mint, KM-C125a, Bit-74. A very rare assayer for the date, presented here in what appears to the cataloger as very nearly Mint State, the surfaces wholly original and thick with die polish and flow lines, a captivating iridescent envelope tone pervading throughout. We draw the prospective bidder's attention to another example in this grade we offered in our April 2011 Rosemont sale, which exceeded $4000 (lot 24710). Sold with old collector's envelope.
Rouble 1868 CΠБ-HI MS63 NGC, St. Petersburg mint, KM-Y25, Bit-81. Simply gorgeous and utterly stunning in all respects, a blanket of marbled tones comprising lapis lazuli, navy, maroon, russet, cobalt and magenta over supremely lustrous and perhaps just slightly prooflike surfaces. Presently tied for the second finest of 39 examples of the date certified by NGC, it would hardly be an exaggeration to say that the coin at hand likely stands head and shoulders above its choice competition. Absolutely covetable at this level, with another MS63 achieving $2350 in our January 2015 New York Auction #3037 (lot 30634). Sold with old collector's envelope.
Rouble 1741-CПБ XF45 NGC, St. Petersburg mint, KM207.2, Dav-1676, Diakov-6, Bit-21 (R1). Obv. Laureate, and mantled, bust right with order ribbon. Rev. Crowned double-headed eagle holding orb and scepter, with date above. In many ways the present example represents an ideal circulated representative of this very scarce type, the strike well-centered and conveying an impressive boldness to the legends and central features, the patina uniform and darkening in accents around the devices, the fields calm and revealing no significant instances of handling.