What a magnificent coin, Moe! That's a pleasing design if I ever saw one. The double-headed eagle looks as fierce as ever, and the big, bold lettering on the reverse even offers a dual denomination, allowing the coin to circulate within both Polish and Russian spheres of economical influence.
These are big, bold and beautiful pieces struck in silver during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia weight, diameters, and values for both the 5 and 10 zlotych denominations follow below. The values are for all dates except when specifically mentioned.
5 ZLOTYCH, 3/4 RUBLE (c. 15.5 grams, 33 mm in diameter)
worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $110
well preserved: $250
fully uncirculated: $750
coins dated 1833 catalog at $1500 when fully uncirculated, but at the same values as above when circulated
coins dated 1838? are scarce, multiply the above values by 2
coins dated 1839?, 1840? and 1841? are very rare, they catalog at $10,000+ when fully uncirculated. Coins from these years without the '?' letter are worth the same as common dates listed above.
10 ZLOTYCH, 1 1/2 RUBLE (c. 31.5 grams, 40 mm in diameter)
average circulated: $180
well reserved: $400
fully uncirculated: $1750
coins dated 1833?, 1835, 1837?, 1839, 1840 and 1841 are slightly scarce - multiply the above values by 1.5
coins dated 1838 and 1839? are scarce, multiply the above values by 5
coins dated 1838?, 1840? and 1841? are extremely rare - a fully uncirculated specimen might sell for $25,000+
Coins with severe damage (holes, gouges, deep scratches) are worth much less than the values cited above, which are catalog values - please refer to our Important Terminology page on the top left in order to translate into actual buy- and sell values.