Russian Empire coins numismatic auction. RIA Novosti reported on numismatic auction held by East European auction house (VEAD) on Saturday, 15 March 2014. 332 Lots include coins of the ancient world, medals and awards, coins of the Russian Empire, tokens of the Provisional Government, Russian bonds and numismatic literature. The most rare coin collection of auction are 48 cents of 1756, released for the Baltic provinces. The coin was released in just 10 copies and is a monument of Russian monetary margins. Experts estimated it at 3.5-4.2 million rubles.
Another top lot is gold poluimperial 1895 of very high rarity (estimate 6 million rubles) made at the St. Petersburg Mint. This poluimperial of 1895 – 1897 was produced each year no more than in 36 copies, which is extremely small. The obverse is decorated with a profile portrait of Nicholas II, executed by known medalist and engraver Abner Griliches.
Place of mintage Constantinople. Image of Christ Pantocrator with nimbus, in chiton and himation, seated on his throne, blessing with his right hand and holding the Gospel in his left. Reverse a full-length portrait of Emperor Constantine X full face of a crown with a cross and pendiliam, lore, with labarum in right hand and sphere in the left. Links: Catalogue of the Byzantine coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Vol. III, Part II, Washington, 1993, No. 1b (Class I), p. 768.
The selection of coins of the ancient period there includes Rome gold solidus of Emperor Constantine I the Great (310-313 AC, estimate 1.6-2.1 million). The auction also will provide a selection of pre-revolutionary desktop silver medals, each of which is in excellent collector condition. The most interesting is the medal “For Poltava Battle” 1709, established by Peter I.
The collection of lots accompanies prerevolutionary numismatic literature, which gives an idea about the state of Russian numismatics as a science and as a market in pre-revolutionary period.
Ruble ‘Mourning’. Catherine I. 1725. Ag. Weight 26.83 g VF. St. Petersburg Mint. Very rare coin. Simple dress and hairstyle, no jewels and ornaments symbolize mourning Catherine for deceased husband, Emperor Peter the Great. Genuine historical monument, embodied in the coin.
Engraver H. Shnitsshpan. Clerks № 809.1. January 23, 1874 in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Grand Duchess Maria married HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the second son of Queen Victoria. Her father gave her a dowry of unprecedented sum in those days to 100,000 pounds and additionally annual allowance of 20 000 pounds. Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh arrived in London on March 12. Marriage was unhappy, and London society considered the bride too arrogant. Emperor Alexander II insisted that his daughter addressed as “Your Imperial Highness”, and that she had precedence over the Princess of Wales, which caused the enrage and categorical protest of Queen Victoria.