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    The Finest Certified Offering of this Type in Years

    Nicholas I platinum 12 Roubles 1833-CПБ MS64 Prooflike NGC, St. Petersburg mint, KM-C179, Fr-158, Bit-42. With a mintage of just 255 specimens, this large platinum piece--the largest denomination of the series--is an enchanting and elusive giant. Offering a deeply sublime tone and lustrous radiance, it is difficult to imagine one encountering a better example, with the present piece boasting near-gem status. The fields are impeccably smooth and brilliant, with the mirrored nature presenting a wonderful prooflike appearance. A light golden tone highlights the peripheries, further transfixing and captivating the gaze of the observer. An exceptional ocular experience and a true capstone coin. Far superior than any other example of this date which has become available over the past decade-plus. For comparison, an NGC PR63 Cameo from 1831 (a date with a mintage of nearly six time the 1833 figure) realized a hammer of $72,500 in early 2015. The classification of these issues tends to range greatly, with some classified as proof, some as specimen, some (like the present piece) as business strikes. Given the age of the holder and the time at which it was certified, it is entirely possible that it would share the same designation as the referenced coin, but a technical point higher. A mesmerizing piece worthy of the highest degree of focus and study, as well as elite bidding and competition.



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