NGC-graded Bavarian Rarity Realizes Over $230,000

Posted on 7/14/2020

Graded and authenticated by NGC, the coin realized a price that was over triple its pre-auction estimate.

A very rare German coin graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) realized an incredible € 210,000 (about $237,000) to top the Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel Summer Auction Sale 338, which ended June 26, 2020.

The Germany 1739 Bavaria 10 Ducat graded NGC MS 61 sold for more than triple it pre-sale estimate of € 60,000 (about $68,000 USD). The coin depicts Charles VII (also known as Karl Albert) and was struck during a time when Karl was Prince-Elector of Bavaria (1726-45), but before he succeeded in getting himself elected Holy Roman Emperor (1742-45).

Germany 1739 Bavaria 10 Ducat graded NGC MS 61. Realized: € 210,000 (about $237,000)
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Meanwhile, a Russia 1836 1.5 Rubles graded NGC MS 60 realized € 70,000 (about $79,000 USD), more than double its pre-auction estimate of € 30,000 (about $34,000 USD). This rarity shows Russian Emperor Nicholas I on the obverse and his wife and seven children on the reverse. It was one of several NGC-certified Russian rarities that far exceeded expectations.

Russia 1836 1.5 Rubles graded NGC MS 60. Realized: € 70,000 (about $79,000 USD)
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"The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions have made it impossible for many buyers to view the auction items, so NGC certification gives customers confidence and security," said Ulrich Künker, Managing Partner of Künker. "One example is the remarkable hammer price of 210,000 euros (including premium without VAT) for a Bavarian 10 ducat piece from 1739 by Karl Albert, which was certified NGC MS 61. We are very pleased with the results of the NGC-certified coins in this auction."

"These impressive results from one of Europe's most-prestigious auction houses show the global appeal of NGC's authentication and grading services," said Mark Salzberg, NGC Chairman and Grading Finalizer. "NGC’s expertise and impartiality give bidders more confidence, resulting in higher prices realized for NGC-certified coins."

Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel also held Summer Auction Sale 337 in June. Here are additional NGC highlights from both sales:

NGC’s coin authentication and grading services are available to European collectors and dealers through NGC International GmbH (NGC GmbH), the Munich-based affiliate of NGC. For more information about NGC GmbH, visit

For more information about Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, visit

Prices realized include a buyer's premium.

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