Scottish Rarity Certified by NGC Realizes $180,000 in August Sale

Posted on 8/25/2021

The historic 1576 20 Pound piece was one of hundreds of NGC-certified vintage coins offered in two Stack’s Bowers auctions.

More than 600 world coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) drew collectors to Session B and Session C of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ American Numismatic Association Auction of World Coins sales, which ended August 18 and August 20, 2021. An eclectic mix of NGC-certified rarities were offered — from medieval Scottish and Austrian coins to Russian medals to Philippine countermarks and more.

Leading the sales in Session C was a legendary piece that was part of the Loch Ness Collection, a group of more than 100 NGC-certified Scottish numismatic rarities spanning more than 500 years of history. The Scotland 1576 James VI 20 Pounds graded NGC VF 20 (lot 41514) is not only the largest gold issue of the British Isles, but also one of only seven known to exist in private hands. It realized $180,000.

Scotland 1576 20 Pounds graded NGC VF 20. Realized: $180,000.
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Archbishop on an Austrian coin

Another exciting coin, this one in Session B, was a vintage NGC-certified Austrian coin. The Austria 1513 Salzburg 5 Ducats graded NGC AU 50 (lot 40032) features a bust of Leonhard von Keutschach, who was Archbishop of Salzburg from 1495 until his death in 1519. The only known example of Friedberg# 576B, the coin realized $78,000.

Austria 1513 Salzburg 5 Ducats graded NGC AU 50. Realized: $78,000.
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Other NGC-certified rarities in the two auctions included:

In Session B:

  • an England (1584-86) Sovereign graded NGC AU 53 (lot 40441) that realized $60,000
  • a Germany (1612) Frankfurt Election of Matthias 5 Ducats graded NGC VF Details (lot 40349) that realized $48,000
  • a Chile 1825-SO I. 8 Escudos graded NGC MS 63 (lot 40147) that realized $40,800

In Session C:

  • a Philippines (1832-34) 2 Reales with Type 5 Countermark graded NGC VF 25 on a Peru 1826LIMA JM 2 Reales (lot 41298) that realized $168,000
  • a Philippines (1834-37) 8 Reales with Type 6 Countermark graded NGC XF 40 on a Mexico 1812 8 Reales (lot 41310) that realized $90,000
  • a Mexico 1916 TM Oaxaca 60 Pesos graded NGC MS 62 (lot 41212) that realized $69,000
  • a Philippines (1834-37) 8 Reales with Type 6 Countermark graded NGC AU 53 on a Central American Republic 1831 Cost Rica 8 Reales (lot 41306) that realized $60,000
  • a Russia 1856-dated Coronation of Alexander II Gold Medal graded NGC MS 61 (lot 41447) that realized $60,000
  • a Venezuela 1876A Venezolano graded NGC MS 63 (lot 41639) that realized $50,400
  • a Mexico 1732MO F Milled 8 Reales graded NGC AU 55 (lot 41138) that realized $48,000
  • a Philippines (1834-37) 8 Reales with Type 6 Countermark graded NGC VF 30 on an Argentina 1813PTS J 8 Reales (lot 41299) that realized $48,000
  • a Scotland 1584 Noble graded NGC VF 25 (lot 41516) that realized $45,600

Prices realized include buyer’s premium.

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