Incredibly Rare NGC-certified Austrian Coin Crossing the Auction Block

Posted on 8/3/2021

The Austria 5 Ducats tops the list of NGC-graded world rarities offered in a two-part Stack’s Bowers auction.

A historic Austrian coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is the top lot in Session B of the Stack’s Bowers American Numismatic Association Auction of World Coins. The Austria 1513 Salzburg 5 Ducats graded NGC AU 50 (lot 40032) is the only known example of Friedberg# 576B. It has an estimate $100,000 to $120,000.

Austria 1513 Salzburg 5 Ducats graded NGC AU 50
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On the coin's obverse is a bust of Leonhard von Keutschach (c. 1442-8 June 1519), who was Archbishop of Salzburg from 1495 until his death. He is depicted wearing a jeweled collar and tunic, surrounded by the legend "ORA PRO ME SANCTE RUDBERTE" ("Pray for Me, O Saint Rupert"). On the reverse is a quartered shield displaying the arms of Salzburg (the standing lions) combined with those of the Archbishop (two turnips, which were symbols of wealth and high status).

Online bidding is underway for Sessions B and C, with live auctions taking place August 18 and August 20, 2021, respectively. An important collection of Scottish rarities — the Loch Ness Collection of Scottish Coins — will be featured in Session C.

Other NGC-certified rarities in the two auctions include:

In Session B:

  • an Austria 1522 Salzburg 4 Ducats graded NGC AU 50 (lot 40033) with an estimate of $50,000 to $60,000
  • a Germany (1612) Frankfurt Election of Matthias 5 Ducats graded NGC VF Details (lot 40349) with an estimate of $50,000 to $60,000
  • a Germany 1546 Silesia-Munsterberg-Oels 3 Ducats graded NGC VF 30 (lot 40393)with an estimate of $50,000 to $60,000
  • a Germany (1705-11) Regensburg 10 Ducats graded NGC XF Details (lot 40376) with an estimate of $35,000 to $50,000
  • a Germany 1666 CBS Silesia-Liegnitz-Brieg 5 Ducats graded NGC AU Details (lot 40392) with an estimate of $35,000 to $50,000

In Session C:

  • a Mexico 1916 TM Oaxaca 60 Pesos graded NGC MS 62 (lot 41212) with an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000
  • a Russia 1856-dated Coronation of Alexander II Gold Medal graded NGC MS 61 (lot 41447) with an estimate of $65,000 to $70,000
  • a Russia 1827CNB NA 5 Roubles graded NGC AU 58 (lot 41432) with an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000
  • a Russia 1714/3 Rouble graded NGC VF Details (lot 41398) with an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000
  • a Venezuela 1876A Venezolano graded NGC MS 63 (lot 41639) with an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000

All estimates are provided by the auction house.

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