||Nicholas I of Russia 40 Groszy-20 Kopecks 1842-MW, KM-C130, Parch-1032a, Bitkin-1256 (R), MS67 NGC. An astonishing example of this rare issue. The strike is flawless and the surfaces free of detracting marks. Both sides exhibit slate-gray toning with touches of original silvery mint luster. The obverse has a satiny appearance, with some reflectivity, while the reverse has the fully mirrored look that one sees with a Proof coin. It is truly difficult to determine what a coin of this quality could possibly be worth, when you note that the AU example in the recent Sincona auction (10/09/2012) realized 4,000 Swiss Francs. We have never even seen another example mentioned as Uncirculated.
Realized $15,275.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.