A pattern gold Crown struck for Queen Victoria, which was graded NGC Proof 64 Ultra Cameo, sold for $235,000.
Rare gold from around the world led the way as the Heritage
Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction realized over $11.8
million overall January 6-7 in New York. All prices include a 17.5%
Taking top honors in this auction was a pattern
gold Crown struck for Queen Victoria, graded Proof 64 Ultra
Cameo, which sold for $235,000. This ultra-rare, undated piece
was struck in 1887 in Nuremberg, Germany. The obverse was patterned
after the famous William Wyon young head portrait of Victoria,
while the reverse devices include the Order of the Garter crest
supported by a crowned lion and a unicorn in chains. The designer
of this piece is unverified, as the artist did not sign the dies
for this piece.
Gold ingots from Brazil are extremely rare in private hands, and
those with the original certificate, the Guia doubly so. A
ingot of Serro Frio, 1832, one of only 6-8 surviving ingots
with Guia, sold for $188,000 in New York. This piece boasts
a pedigree going back over 100 years and was likely one of the last
such ingots struck, as research done by prominent Brazilian
numismatist Kurt Prober lists a single 1833 example. The vast
majority of Brazilian ingots reside in museums and institutions.
Another Brazilian ingot, this
one from Goias 1821, sold for $99,875.
Just a few of the other highlights of this auction included:
Elizabeth I Dassier Rouble 1757 яI, Bitkin 282, AU Details
Wolf Dietrich Von Raitenau (1587-1612) gold 8 Ducats 1594, Fr-674
Probszt 715, MS63 NGC
Britain: George III pattern gold 2 guineas 1768, S-3724, WR-79,
KM-Pn49, plain edge, PR62 NGC
Britain: George II gold pattern 2 Guineas 1733, Young Laureate
Head, S-3667, WR-69 (rated R5, 6-10 known), KM-Pn37, plain edge,
Our January numismatic auctions continue through January 16,
with bidding continuing in the FUN US
Coin auction, the FUN
Currency auction, and the
NYINC World Coin Non-Floor session, Overall, these auctions are
expected to exceed $65 million in sales, getting the new year off
to a fast start.
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