New York World Coin Auction Realizes Nearly $12 Million
Posted on 1/15/2013
Rare gold from around the world led the way as the Heritage Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction realized over $11.8 million overall January 6-7 in New York. All prices include a 17.5% Buyer's Premium.
Taking top honors in this auction was a pattern gold Crown struck for Queen Victoria, graded Proof 64 Ultra Cameo, which sold for $235,000. This ultra-rare, undated piece was struck in 1887 in Nuremberg, Germany. The obverse was patterned after the famous William Wyon young head portrait of Victoria, while the reverse devices include the Order of the Garter crest supported by a crowned lion and a unicorn in chains. The designer of this piece is unverified, as the artist did not sign the dies for this piece.
Gold ingots from Brazil are extremely rare in private hands, and those with the original certificate, the Guia doubly so. A Brazilian ingot of Serro Frio, 1832, one of only 6-8 surviving ingots with Guia, sold for $188,000 in New York. This piece boasts a pedigree going back over 100 years and was likely one of the last such ingots struck, as research done by prominent Brazilian numismatist Kurt Prober lists a single 1833 example. The vast majority of Brazilian ingots reside in museums and institutions. Another Brazilian ingot, this one from Goias 1821, sold for $99,875.
Just a few of the other highlights of this auction included:
- Russia: Elizabeth I Dassier Rouble 1757 яI, Bitkin 282, AU Details NGC
- Salzburg. Wolf Dietrich Von Raitenau (1587-1612) gold 8 Ducats 1594, Fr-674 Probszt 715, MS63 NGC
- Great Britain: George III pattern gold 2 guineas 1768, S-3724, WR-79, KM-Pn49, plain edge, PR62 NGC
- Great Britain: George II gold pattern 2 Guineas 1733, Young Laureate Head, S-3667, WR-69 (rated R5, 6-10 known), KM-Pn37, plain edge, PR63 NGC
Our January numismatic auctions continue through January 16, with bidding continuing in the FUN US Coin auction, the FUN Currency auction, and the NYINC World Coin Non-Floor session, Overall, these auctions are expected to exceed $65 million in sales, getting the new year off to a fast start.
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