||Catherine II gold 10 Roubles 1766 ???-TI, Bitkin 12 (narrow bust) (R), Diakov 123, IT 1-3 (20 Rub), Petr (21), AU53 NGC with minor planchet lamination on reverse. An exceptional example of the grade, this coin has near-full mint luster and boldly defined features. Only a slight hint of friction on the highpoints keeps this impressive example from the Mint State category. The 10 Roubles of Catherine II, among the largest pre-1800 Russian gold coins, seldom appear in this appealing near-Mint condition, and when offered, generate considerable interest. Catherine II (also known as Catherine the Great) ruled Russia longer than any other female. She was crowned in 1762 and ruled until her death in 1796. Russia grew and prospered during her reign, which is often called the "Golden Age of Russia."
Realized $18,800.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.