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12 hours ago, Abuelo's Collection said:

In our beloved section “Coins you have never seen before (and likely you will never see again)” I present you this exceedingly rare 4 escudos from the Guanajuato mint dated 1856. This is the coin featured in Coinfacts Wiki. How rare you wonder? Well, according to Richard Long in his book on Mexican Republic gold, it is extremely rare (not even a sale chart is included with the issue!). In fact, this very coin, according to Long, is the only specimen offered for sale during the period 1994-2001 (Ponterio and Associates). Offered by Goldberg in 2014 (“Mexico. 4 Escudos, 1856-Go PF. Hand on book. Listed as Extremely Rare in the Richard Long book. Natural edge flaw. NGC graded VF-20.") and then by Stack’s Bowers (“This is a truly rare 4 Escudos from the Guanajuato mint. The 1856 date is missing from Gerber, Eliasberg, and Norweb collections. Small edge flaw at 3:00 noted”). And yes, you read correctly, this issue is missed in the Norweb, Eliasberg, and Gerber collections (but not Abuelo’s!). When people ask me if I like more conditional rarities or absolute rarities, this coin is my answer! Yes, it has a flan flaw, but when you are talking of these rarities, that is as good as it gets. It also is a top pop... ok, apparently the only one graded by NGC.

So you get an idea, 1856 is not even listed at the NGC price guide...

 

 

 

This is the kind of coin that turns my crank: Rare, with a capital "R." Well done! :golfclap:

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This very nice Mexican peso use to be in the Mexico Collection auctioned by Morton and Eden last year. Now is in Abuelo's 😎 These balanza pesos are very rare in high grade (this one is PCGS top pop) and very difficult to collect as they were minted in many many mints even if only for few years (as they were rejected by the Asian market).

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This rarity, both absolute and condition, was recently adopted by Abuelo. The Emperor abdicated in March of 1823, and while his coinage did not stop production immediately,  the coins were produced the same year making imperial coinage for the year rare. The coin has the characteristic cud in the bust (some examples have it very pronounced). I looked for this coin for years! And at MS64 I just cannot complain!

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Very happy with this find. German coin commemorating the opening of the Brandenburg gate and the fall of the Berlin wall. But it's from EAST Germany. Which wasn't technically a country any more after that year. So last of the coinage and a cool moment in history. East german coins were rarer, and they only made 5000 of the silver proof. $175 retail according to Krause, picked it up for $25 with buyers premium. Still in OMP, capsule had some cracking around the edge. Which led to the toning issues on the obverse. I will likely get it conserved.

 

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On January 3, 2020 at 9:47 PM, gmarguli said:

Haven't added too much to my core collection in a while, but when these were offered for sale a little while ago I jumped on them. Not very often that gem 17th century Talers become available.

 

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1614 Germany Saxony Johann Georg I and August Taler Dav-7573 in NGC MS65

Super rare condition for this type. It's by far the top pop at NGC/PCGS. For type, the next highest graded are MS63 (PCGS) and MS61 (NGC). Heritage auctioned an MS61 last year that they described as having a handful of minor flan imperfections, yet they stated that "Without a doubt the nicest example of the type that we have handled, and a type that rarely comes so nice at all...". This is just plain rare in nice condition.

 

 

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1641 Germany Augsburg Ferdinand III and City View Taler Dav-5039 in NGC MS65+

Not nearly as rare as the Saxony Taler, but still an awesome design in extremely high grade. There is an MS66 (NGC) and a couple of MS65 (PCGS). There are also a small hoard of them that came on the market around 10 years ago in gem condition, but they don't seem to have made it into the US TPG. Probably mostly still in European hands.

 

Very Nice and are you still holding auctions?

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