NGC-graded European Rarities Top November Monaco Auction
Posted on 12/3/2018
Two NGC-Certified gold coins realized at least a quarter million dollars at a sale held by the auction house Éditions Victor Gadoury. The auction was held November 16 and 17 in Monaco.
The centerpiece of the auction was an extensive collection of coins and medals of the Casa Savoia (House of Savoy),an Italian royal dynasty. Additionally, there was a very large selection of gold coins ranging from ancient Aureus of Rome to more modern coins, primarily from France, Italy and Monaco.
|1610 Italy - Savoy 10 Scudi d’ Oro, graded NGC MS 60. Realized: 250,000 Euros ($280,000 USD)
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The top price realized from the auction was this 1610 Italy - Savoy 10 Scudi d’ Oro, which was graded NGC MS 60. It realized 250,000 Euros ($280,000 USD), outpacing its starting price of 200,000 Euros. The coin, which is one of only three examples known, was struck in Turin using the same dies used to strike the silver Ducatone of the same year. The obverse features the high-collared bust of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, while the reverse bears a shield of 4-fold arms, with the arms of Savoy at center.
|1910 100 Lire PROVA, graded NGC PF 66. Realized: 220,000 Euros ($250,000 USD)
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Another major rarity from the collection realized 220,000 Euros ($250,000 USD): a 1910 PROVA Italy - Savoy 100 Lire. Due to a problem with the gold content of the 1910 100 Lire issue, only 2,013 examples were struck, and many of those were melted. This particular coin is actually a PROVA, or pattern issue, which makes it that much rarer and more desirable. The coin is in a remarkable state of preservation, as evidenced by the fact that it was graded NGC PF 66. It is currently the only coin of its type graded by NGC. The starting price for this spectacular piece was 150,000 Euros.
Other NGC-graded highlights from the auction included:
- Lot 128 - Roman Empire - Aureus, Marcus Aurelius, graded NGC MS, 5/5 Strike and 4/5 Surface, with Fine Style. Realized: 18,000 Euros
- Lot 141 - Roman Empire - Aureus, Commodus, graded NGC MS, 5/5 Strike and 5/5 Surface. Realized: 25,000 Euros
- Lot 656 - Colombia - Gold Medal of Lucien Napoléon Bonaparte Wyse, graded NGC MS 62. Realized: 14,000 Euros
- Lot 1032 - Great Britain - 1887 5 Pounds, graded NGC PF 63 Cameo. Realized: 21,000 Euros
- Lot 1164 - Lucca - 1833 Gold PROVA 10 Soldi, Carlo Lodovico di Borbone Duca (1824-1847), graded NGC MS 65. Realized: 17,000 Euros
- Lot 1515 - Italy - Savoy 1629 Scudo 9 Fiorini, Carlo Emanuele I (1580-1630), graded NGC MS 63. Realized: 38,000 Euros, more than triple its starting price
- Lot 1539 - Italy - Savoy 1675 Doppia, Carlo Emanuele II (1648-1675), graded NGC MS 63. Realized: 16,500 Euros
- Lot 1590 - Italy - Savoy 1755 5 Doppia, Carlo Emanuele III (1755-1773), graded NGC AU 58. Realized: 48,000 Euros
- Lot 1735 - Italy - Savoy 1833 100 Lire, Carlo Alberto (1831-1849), graded NGC PF 63 Cameo. Realized: 57,500 Euros, more than double its starting price
- Lot 1773 - Italy - Savoy 1914 5 Lire PROVA, Vittorio Emanuele III (1900-1943), Roma, graded NGC PF 65 Matte. Realized: 15,000 Euros