Catherine ruled and struck coins with her portraiture for only a brief two years, and as such her coins – and especially the gold pieces – are scarce. The two Rubles was the only denomination of gold coinage struck by Catherine, with this particular coin being the rare first year of issue. The obverse features a cuirassed bust of Catherine facing left, adorned by a crown. The Cyrillic legend states: “Catherine, Empress and Autocrat of all the Russias” with the plural “Russias” having historical significance and usage dating back to 1700 and even earlier. The reverse features an image of the patron saint of Russia, Saint Andrew. He is depicted standing facing on a low base, robed and adorned with a halo. St. Andrew is holding his famous x-shaped cross behind him. The reverse inscription reads: “New Coin weight 2 Rubles 17-26.” This lovely gold coin is a very nice example for the type, lustrous and attractive. The coin is NGC certified AU-58 and is tied for second highest graded by NGC. This scarce gold two Rubles piece is an exceptional piece and a real highlight of our upcoming August ANA auction in Chicago.
Look for this and other world numismatic pieces in our upcoming August ANA Sale. Preview this impressive coin along with the rest of our auction this August at the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio office located in Irvine California or New York City. For details please refer to the Auction Schedule/Details link under Current Auctions at www.StacksBowers.com. To schedule an appointment, please call 800.566.2580