Editor's note: The following is the fifth piece of a multi-part
Coin World series about the intersection of coins and postage
stamps prepared by Jeff Starck for the May 2015 monthly edition of
celebrates its first postage stamp on a Proof silver collector coin issued in 2008.
.925 fine silver 3-ruble coin features a design by S.A. Kozlov,
showing three examples of the first Russian stamps, each denominated
first Russian stamps were issued in December 1857, and they became
valid for use as postage on Jan. 1, 1858.
stamp’s design bears the Russian double-headed eagle (the national
coat of arms) along with two crossed horns for the emblem of the
Russian Post. The stamp was printed mostly in brown, with the coat of
arms printed in blue.
obverse of the 3-ruble coin features Russia’s two-headed eagle, with
the legend translating to “Bank of Russia” appearing below. The
interpretation of the eagle on the obverse of the coin and that
depicted in the stamps’ design on the reverse differ slightly.
reverse depicts the corner of a postal envelope with three of the
first stamps on it.
Read other pieces from the series:
that leave their stamp on history
Mauritius stamp among world's most valuable issues
Guiana's Penny Magenta stamp an expensive, ugly, stamp
Canada's iconic beaver appears on first stamp,
stamp at the lower right on the corner of the cover depicted on the
coin is highlighted with a “gold insert” composed of 1.55 grams of
.999 fine gold.
inscription to the left translates to “Delivered in April 1858,” above
which appears a legend translating to “150th anniversary of the first
Russian postage stamp.”
stylized depiction of a steel-tipped fountain pen also appears in the
lower part of the reverse design.
coin contains 31.1 grams (1 ounce) of silver, measures 39 millimeters
in diameter and has a mintage limit of 8,000 pieces.
coin currently sells in online auctions for $150 to $200. The 2015
Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers
1840-1940 values a New example of the stamp at $25,000 and a Used
example of the stamp at $850.