Ten NGC-certified Gold Rarities Realize Six Figures in MDC Monaco Auction

Posted on 10/21/2022

The top NGC-certified coins in the October 2022 auction were a pair of spectacular Gold Off-Metal Crowns from Charles II.

Two English gold rarities depicting King Charles II that are certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) each sold for more than € 400,000 in an auction by MDC Monaco held October 12-13, 2022.

The top NGC-certified coin in the auction was an England 1662 Gold Off-Metal Strike Crown graded NGC PF 61 (lot 1023), which realized € 450,000 (about $437,000). The coin dates to a time when the English monarchy had recently been restored, with Charles II on the throne. It is one of only six in the NGC Census.

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Another example of the England 1662 Gold Off-Metal Strike Crown (with a different catalog number: W&R-49) was also sold. Graded NGC PF 61 (lot 1022), this coin was sold for € 408,000 (about $397,000). Both Crowns are pedigreed by NGC to the Royal Gold Set collection.

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Meanwhile, a 14-piece set of NGC-graded France 1889 coins (lot 801) realized € 408,000 (about $397,000). This set includes the national coins: 1, 2, 5, 10 bronze Centimes; 20 and 50 Centimes; 1, 2 and 5 Silver Francs; and 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Gold Francs, with their original box. The grades range from NGC PF 63 to NGC PF 67+ Cameo.

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Finally, an England 1701 Plain Sceptres 5 Guinea graded NGC MS 64+ (lot 1026) realized € 360,000 (about $350,000). Of nearly 100 examples in the NGC Census, this one stands alone as the finest-graded. Among the Royal Mint's finest works, this representation of William III is admired for its high level of realism.

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Other six-figure NGC-certified coins in this auction included:

  • an Italy 1903 Gold Pattern 5 Lire graded NGC PF 66 Cameo (lot 1327) that realized € 288,000 (about $280,000)
  • a Roman Empire Caligula, AD 37-41 Gold Aureus graded NGC Ancients Ch AU, 5/5 Strike and 2/5 Surface (lot 49) that realized € 288,000 (about $280,000)
  • a France 1878 Essai Gold 100 Francs graded NGC PF 65+ Cameo (lot 761) that realized € 240,000 (about $233,000)
  • a Hungary 1759 Transylvania 5 Ducat graded NGC MS 62 (lot 1434) that realized € 120,000 (about $117,000)
  • an Italy 1903 Gold 100 Lire graded NGC PF 65 Matte (lot 1325) that realized € 120,000 (about $117,000)
  • a France 1740A Gold Ecu graded NGC PF 60 (lot 494) that realized € 114,000 (about $111,000)
  • a Greece 1884A 20 Drachmai graded NGC PF 68 Cameo (lot 1078) that realized €102,000 (about $100,000)

Prices realized include buyer's premium. The $ symbol represents US Dollars.

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