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  1. Steve, I got carried away about 6 Zolotniks piece, sorry. Besides one reference that 2 and 6 Zolotniks were probably struck by the mint, there is no evidence that 2 and 6 Zolotniks rounds actually exist. Wishful thinking I guess. The only known rounds are 10, 3, 1 and 1/4 (24 Dolya) Zolotnik with 2 types of assayer's initials for each denomination. I wouldn't sell Zolotniks I have in my collection, but I'll be happy to share the photos.
  2. Yes, that is how the mint returned silver extracted from rough gold bars to the suppliers. Ingots came several sizes: 10 Zolotniks, 6, 3, 1 Zolotnik and 24 Dolya. Severin incorrectly identified them as trade coins for China and Mongolia. Uzdenikov and Krause just have the basic info like weight and silver content. I was hoping for a more detailed information, may be the mint did keep a record somewhere.
  3. Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum, but have been collecting Imperial Russian coins for quite some time. I have a few Zolotnik ingots (affinage rounds) and lately I've been trying to find some information regarding the mintages for each type, years minted, etc. Can anyone recommend a book or a site that has this info? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Booka
  4. Thanks, Cheburgen. I'm not even sure what I am looking at. The coin looks pretty convincing, but I found "0" information on this particular type; may be it is too good to be true. Other opinions guys?
  5. I'm looking for more info regarding what looks like a copper trial strike for 1871 3 Rouble coin. This copper coin looks exactly like a "normal" gold 3-Rouble coin; the thickness and diameter are the same. The previous owner claims that he bought it from a private coin collector in Europe 11 years ago. The patina looks original; the coin certainly feels and looks old, but I can't find any information in my books or on line regarding this piece. Could this be a trial strike for a new die before it went on to strike gold coins? Or this this one is just another bummer? Any help with the authenti
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