NGC-certified Russian Coin Sells for Over $500,000 in Ginza Sale

Posted on 11/17/2022

NGC-certified coins from Bohemia and England also excelled in the November auction.

A Russian coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) sold for more than half a million dollars as part of a Ginza Coins auction on November 5, 2022. The Russia 1835 Imperial Family 1.5 Roubles graded NGC MS 64 (lot 991) realized 78,055,000 JPY (about $537,000).

The obverse of this renowned Russian rarity shows the bust of Russian Emperor Nicholas I, who ruled Russia from 1825 to 1855. The reverse, which features Empress Alexandra and their seven children, gives the coin its commonly known name: the "Family Rouble."

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Another coin with an impressive showing was a Bohemia (1612-19) Prague 10 Ducats graded NGC AU 58 (lot 843) that realized 72,230,000 JPY (about $497,000). The obverse depicts three emperors while the reverse shows a double-headed eagle. This is the only example in the NGC Census of this extremely rare coin.

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Meanwhile, a Great Britain 1935 Gold Off Metal Strike Crown graded NGC PF 66★ (lot 952) realized 34,950,000 JPY (about $240,000). Commemorating the 25th anniversary of George V's reign, this coin features a distinctly modern update to the traditional design of St. George slaying the dragon.

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Other NGC-certified coins in this auction included:

  • a Great Britain 1853 Crown graded NGC PF 63 (lot 937) that realized 23,882,500 JPY (about $164,000)
  • a Great Britain 1847 Gothic Type - Pure Silver Plain Edge Crown graded NGC PF 64 Ultra Cameo (lot 935) that realized 14,562,500 JPY (about $100,000)
  • a Denmark 1659 4 Ducat graded NGC AU 55 (lot 878) that realized 14,562,500 JPY (about $100,000)
  • an England (1592-95) Pound graded NGC MS 60 (lot 904) that realized 14,562,500 JPY (about $100,000)
  • a Great Britain 1893 10-piece Gold and Silver Proof Set graded NGC PF 63 Cameo to NGC PF 65 (lot 947) that realized 12,815,000 JPY (about $88,000)
  • a Great Britain 1826 5 Sovereign graded NGC PF 61 Cameo (lot 916) that realized 13,980,000 JPY (about $96,000)
  • a Great Britain 1839 Crown graded NGC PF 64★ Cameo (lot 929) that realized 9,553,000 JPY (about $66,000)
  • a Great Britain 1887 5 Sovereign graded NGC PF 63 Cameo (lot 944) that realized 6,524,000 JPY (about $45,000)

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

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