Coin and Paper Money Collecting/37.5 Russian Ruble 1902
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Russia. 37½ Rubles, 1902. Bitkin-309; Fr-170; Sev-578; Y-B65. Nicholas II. Head left. Reverse: Eagle in circle, legend around. Struck at the St. Petersburg mint, without mintmark. Mintage of only 225 pieces. Well struck as expected for a proof striking with nicely textured surfaces and considerable brilliance. Severin quotes the comments made by S. I. Chizhov in his 1904 book published in Moscow relative to this issue, Outline of Certain Types of Russian Coins in Past Two Centuries, "These coins not struck for circulation but selected for high dignitaries in the amount of 225 specimens. In all, 200 pieces were presented to His Majesty for personal gifts on special occasions. The remaining 25 specimens were turned over to H. I. H. Grand Duke George Mikhailovich." As the largest gold coin of Russia, it is of interest to world collectors assembling a collection of "crown size gold" as well as collectors of the Russian series. One of the great twentieth century rarities, and seldom offered. Extremely Rare. PCGS graded Proof 62.