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By: Michele86
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Coins of the World
Block style letters

Metallic brown

13 days ago
Post: 1477
Russia
Questions: Identification? Value? Genuine?

Can anybody help me identifying this coin? Looks like an old russian coin, but I did not find it on internet, as only 2-3 letters are visible. The most interesting thing is the big square in the centre.

Thank you,

Michele

 
By: Paul
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13 days ago
Post: 1481

Hi Michele ::::: Your coin, dated 1773, comes from the old-time principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia, which eventually became modern Romania. Very cool.

The one in our picture is in fantastic condition; you never see these coins in better condition than this. As such, it was sold as part of a 5-coin lot by Stack's Bowers Ponterio for $900 US dollars during a 2016 auction. Since your coin is almost worn to the point of being unrecognizable, it is worth far less, probably $30 to $60.

CoinQuest thanks Stack's Bowers Ponterio for use of their coin image. Here is the description from their auction:

Price realized: 900 USD (Approx. 806 EUR / 692 GBP / 879 CHF)
RUSSIA. Moldavia & Wallachia. Lot of (5) Pattern 3 Dengi (Para), 1771-72. Sadagura. Catherine II (the Great) (1762-96). GOOD to CHOICE VERY GOOD. Brekke-148#2, 148#3 & 148#10(3); Bit-1255(3), 1265 & 1267. Single examples of 1771 patterns, one each of the double headed eagle variety and Catherine cypher type. Also, three examples of the circulation struck coinage, all dated 1772. All five are well circulated but easily identifiable for type, and fully original with no efforts seen to improve. SCARCE and always in demand issues from this pivotal area in the Russo Turkish War. Approximate retail value of $1,500. Inspection advised. SOLD AS IS/NO RETURNS. GOOD to CHOICE VERY GOOD.
From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection.
Estimate: $700.00- $1000.00

 
By: paultudor
12 days ago
Post: 1540
Hi there Michele!

I just wanted to add to what Paul said that the coin is known as ''Sadagura''(1 para / 3 denghi),named after a city in Ukraine where Ecaterina II decided to establish a mint between 1770-1774.Quite o few minted but hard to find well preserved pieces.I have 4 in my collection but they're not the best available.They were made from the bronze cannons captured during the war against the turks.
 
By: Michele86
12 days ago
Post: 1542
Thank you!!! Much much appreciated!

Michele
 
By: Paul
12 days ago
Post: 1544
Isn't numismatics terrific! Very interesting.

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