More than 20 NGC-certified Coins from Continental Europe Realize Over $250,000 in Paramount Collection Sale

Posted on 4/1/2021

Some of the greatest rarities from France, Germany and Austria soared past their estimates in the March 2021 sale.

Certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), the Paramount Collection is one of the greatest groups of rare coins from Europe and elsewhere ever assembled. A stunning 23 Paramount Collection coins from continental Europe realized prices over $250,000 USD (over € 212,000) when they were offered by Heritage Auctions in a sale March 25-27, 2021. Most of them soared past their pre-auction estimates.

The centerpiece of the sale was a Great Britain 1937 Edward VIII Pattern Gold 5 Sovereign graded NGC PF 67 Ultra Cameo that realized a spectacular $2.28 million (about € 1.93 million), smashing the record for a British coin sold at auction. Ten other NGC-certified coins from Great Britain and two Roman Empire gold medallions certified by NGC Ancients also surpassed the $250,000 mark.

But the heart of the Paramount Collection sale was in continental Europe. These selections were led by a France 1640A 10 Louis d'Or - Early Restrike graded NGC MS 61 (lot 30162) that realized $456,000 (about € 387,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 (about € 84,800 to € 127,000). It is the largest denomination ever struck in France, and the coin itself is so large that it required NGC's Oversize Holder.

a France 1640A 10 Louis d'Or - Early Restrike graded NGC MS 61 and pedigreed to the Paramount Collection. Realized: $456,000 (about € 387,000)
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Meanwhile, an Austria 1655 20 Ducat graded NGC AU 55 (lot 30111) realized $432,000 (about € 366,000), several times its pre-auction estimate of $80,000 to $120,000 (about € 67,000 to € 102,000). This extremely rare coin was struck late in the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III, who died in 1657.

an Austria 1655 20 Ducat graded NGC AU 55 and pedigreed to the Paramount Collection. Realized: $432,000 (about € 366,000)
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Struck a few decades earlier, a Bohemia (1612) 5 Ducats graded NGC MS 63 (lot 30130) realized $408,000 (about € 346,000), several times its pre-auction estimate of $20,000 to $40,000 (about € 17,000 to € 33,900). The coin shows 16th Century Holy Roman Emperors Maximilian I, Charles V and Ferdinand I. It dates to a time when the Bohemian city of Prague was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.

a Bohemia (1612) 5 Ducats graded NGC MS 63 and pedigreed to the Paramount Collection. Realized: $408,000 (about € 346,000)
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Other NGC-certified highlights from continental Europe that realized prices over $250,000 in the Paramount Collection sale included:

Austria

  • an Austria 1690 GFN Gold Joseph I Coronation Medal graded NGC MS 61 PL (lot 30120) that realized $360,000 (about € 305,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $100,000 to $200,000 (about € 84,800 to € 169,600)
  • an Austria 1594 Salzburg 25 Ducat graded NGC UNC Details (lot 30091) that realized $288,000 (about € 244,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $50,000 to $75,000 (about € 42,400 to € 63,600)
  • an Austria 1678 25 Ducat graded NGC UNC Details (lot 30118) that realized $276,000 (about € 234,000)

France

  • a France 1640A 8 Louis d'Or graded NGC MS 61 (lot 30161) that realized $300,000 (about € 254,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 (about € 50,900 to € 67,800)
  • a France undated Louis XIII/Louis XIV Gold Ecu graded NGC MS 62 (lot 30163) that realized $288,000 (about € 244,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $30,000 to $50,000 (about € 25,400 to € 42,400)
  • a France 1862 E 100 Francs graded NGC PF 65 Cameo (lot 30187) that realized $288,000 (about € 244,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $40,000 to $60,000 (about € 33,900 to € 50,900)
  • a France 1861* Essai Gold 100 Francs graded NGC PF 64 Ultra Cameo (lot 30186) that realized $288,000 (about € 244,000), above its pre-auction estimate of $100,000 to $200,000 (about € 84,800 to € 170,000)
  • a France 1878 Essai 100 Francs graded NGC PF 66 Cameo (lot 30190) that realized $264,000 (about € 224,000)
  • a France L'An 10A Gold 5 Francs graded NGC PF 62 Cameo (lot 30172) that realized $252,000 (about € 214,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $80,000 to $120,000 (about € 67,800 to € 102,000)

Germany

  • a Germany 1623 Memmingen 10 Ducats graded NGC MS 62+ (lot 30259) that realized $384,000 (about € 326,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $30,000 to $50,000 (about € 25,400 to € 42,400)
  • a Germany 1695 Hanau-Lichtenberg 10 Ducat graded NGC AU 58 (lot 30245) that realized $372,000 (about € 315,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $50,000 to $75,000 (about € 42,400 to € 63,600)
  • a Germany (1599-1633) Brunswick-Luneburg 20 Ducat graded NGC AU 55 (lot 30218) that realized $336,000 (about € 285,000), above its pre-auction estimate of $150,000 to $250,000 (about € 127,000 to € 212,000)
  • a Germany 1795 Mainz 15 Ducat graded NGC MS 62★ PL (lot 30256) that realized $300,000 (about € 254,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $20,000 to $40,000 (about € 17,000 to € 33,900)
  • a Germany 1611 10 Ducats graded NGC MS 65★ (lot 30269) that realized $288,000 (about € 244,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $80,000 to $120,000 (about € 67,800 to € 102,000)

Italy

  • an Italy 1610 10 Doppie graded NGC MS 61 (lot 30364) that realized $384,000 (about € 326,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $150,000 to $250,000 (about € 127,000 to € 212,000)
  • an Italy 1663 10 Scudi d'Oro graded NGC MS 61+ (lot 30384) that realized $336,000 (about € 285,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 (about € 50,900 to € 67,800)
  • an Italy 1650 IBN Genoa 12.5 Doppie graded NGC AU Details (lot 30362) that realized $288,000 (about € 244,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $30,000 to $50,000 (about € 25,400 to € 42,400)
  • an Italy (1694-1700) Venice 25 Zecchini graded NGC MS 61 (lot 30388) that realized $288,000 (about € 244,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 (about € 50,900 to € 67,800)

Elsewhere

  • a Hungary 1637/6KB 5 Ducat graded NGC MS 63+ (lot 30345) that realized $288,000 (about € 244,000), far above its pre-auction estimate of $20,000 to $40,000 (about € 17,000 to € 33,900)
  • a Portugal (1495-1521) 10 Cruzados graded NGC MS 62 (lot 30430) that realized $288,000 (about € 244,000), far above its pre-auction an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000 (about € 50,900 to € 76,300)

Prices realized include buyer's premium. All estimates are provided by the auction house in US dollars.

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