|A Potpourri of World
Our latest Heritage
World Coin Auctions Signature Auction on June 2 & 3, 2005 will
take place in Long Beach, California. Heritage is the official
auctioneer at the Long Beach Coin Expo.
The centerpiece of this auction is the Tortuga Collection of
Latin American Coinage. This magnificent collection includes a
fantastic run of Bolivian coinage, featuring more than 200 cobs
from the reigns of Philip II through Charles III - and highlighted
by an astonishing seven Royal cobs! Also included are major
selections from Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Spain, with smaller
specialty collections of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba,
and Puerto Rico. Students of the coinage of the Caribbean often
have to wait decades for such an incredible opportunity as this,
which is sure to generate quite a bit of bidding frenzy.
This auction also spotlights an extensive collection of 250+
Germanic coins, including 15 multiple talers. "I have attended many
important auctions acclaimed for the depth of their offering in
which you could count their multiple talers on one hand!" said
Warren Tucker, director of HWCA. In addition, we are offering one
of our absolutely favorite English gold rarities, the Triple Unite
of 1642-1644, headlining an impressive list of 200+ English coins,
and part of a larger grouping of 400+ coins of the Commonwealth.
Valued at sixty shillings - or three pounds - the Triple Unite is
the highest denomination of English hammered coinage. It was only
minted during England's Civil War, and shows Charles I on the
obverse holding his sword and an olive branch, symbolizing his
desire for peace.
Highlights of this auction include:
Ptolemaic Kingdom Ptolemy II Philadelphos 285-246 B.C. AV
South Australia Adelaide Pound 1852, AU58 NGC
Bolivia Royal Strike 8 Reales 1652P-E, Choice VF-XF
Canada 1872-H Inverted A 50 Cents Double Strike, XF45 PCGS
Newfoundland 50 Cents 1870, Specimen 65 NGC
France 2 Louis d'Or 1716-S, AU58 PCGS
Brunswick-Luneburg-Celle 4 Taler 1664-LW, About XF
Colmar City Taler 1666, Choice AU
Great Britain Triple Unite 1643, Oxford Mint, MS63 NGC
Switzerland Confederation 1850 Presentation Set
Our next auction of quality World material is scheduled to take
place in Long Beach, CA on September 21-24. To consign, please call
Warren Tucker at 1-800-872-6467, x287, or Scott Cordry at
1-800-872-6467, x369. today!
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The Dr. Kurt Peters
Heritage is pleased to
be presenting the Dr. Kurt Peters Collection in our upcoming Long
Beach Signature Auctions. Dr. Peters' collecting interests
literally span the numismatic globe, with coins from all over the
world in our
HWCA Signature Auction joining a fine selection of US coinage
Heritage Signature Auction. Both auctions will take place in
Long Beach on June 2-3.
Dr. Peters has collected many types of coins, but a look at his
collections shows a tremendous selection of gold coinage. Perhaps
the gem of this collection - in a literal sense given its grade -
is his proof 1899 Liberty Eagle, a dramatically contrasted beauty
with the miniscule mintage one might expect from any
19th century proof gold coin. This collection also has
outstanding selections of early Half Eagles and Eagles, along with
quite a number of Three Dollar Gold Pieces and commemoratives.
Highlights from the Dr. Kurt Peters Collection in our Long Beach
Signature Auction include:
Dr. Peters' collection of world coinage encompasses coins from
over 50 countries around the world. His interests in world coinage
are obviously greatly varied, as the two major strengths of his
world coin collection are his German States material and a fine
selection of rare modern gold. The Italian States, Austria, France,
Great Britain, Mexico and even ancient coins are also well
represented. Highlights of his world coins include:
Ancient Rome: Julius Caesar. 46 B.C. AV aureus, Good VF
Ancient Rome: Claudius. A.D. 46-47. AV aureus, VF
China: People's Republic 1990 Year of the Goat Gold 1000 Yuan, Gem
China: People's Republic 1992 Panda Gold 500 Yuan, Gem
China: People's Republic 1992Year of the Monkey Gold 1000 Yuan, Gem
China: People's Republic 1993 Marco Polo Gold 500 Yuan, Gem
Mecklenburg-Strelitz: 1874A Friedrich Wilhelm Gold 10 Mark,
Prussia: 1750A Friedrich II Gold 2 Frederick D'or, Choice
Saxe-Meiningen: 1905-D Georg II Gold 20 Mark, Prooflike
Mexico: Republic 1888 As/Mo-L Gold 2-1/2 Pesos, VF-XF
Bidding on this collection - in both Long Beach Signature
Auctions - is now open at HeritageCoins.com!
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Seldom Seen Selections: 1834
Capped Head Half Eagle
Heritage will offer
an extremely rare
1834 Capped Head Half Eagle, graded MS64 by NGC, in our
upcoming Signature Auction, to be held June 2-3, 2005 as part of
the official auction of the Long Beach Coin Expo.
This is only the seventh time we have handled an 1834 Capped
Head half eagle in the past dozen years. Prior to the present
offering, only two of those were Mint State, and this example is
clearly the finest we have ever offered. Considering all varieties,
NGC has certified five examples in MS64 grade and a single Gem MS65
By 1834, and actually long before, it was realized that gold
coinage production could not continue as it had, for the gold
content actually exceeded the face value. Congress passed new
legislation lowering the weight of all our gold coinage, promoting
renewed circulation. The Act of June 28, 1834, which was to take
effect on August 1, specified a new weight of 129 grains of
standard gold for the half eagle. The same Act specified that half
eagles coined previously were to be receivable at the rate of 94.8
cents per pennyweight, or $5.095 each, very nearly the actual gold
value at the time. At the time, the Bechtler family, producers of
private gold coinage in the Carolinas, adjusted the weight of their
own coinage to meet the Federal standard.
Few examples of the 1834 Capped Head half eagle survive today,
and seldom are they found any nicer than this. It is a very sharply
struck example with fully brilliant, prooflike surfaces and
excellent cameo contrast. The surfaces have bright greenish-gold
color with only a few tiny blemishes.
Searching for pedigrees can sometimes be a difficult task,
especially when the coin is nice enough to have few visible
pedigree markers. Such is the case here, although we believe that
this is the Garrett Collection specimen. There is a faint patch of
roughness at the left top of C and the right top of A in AMERICA.
These appear to match the plate in the Garrett catalog. Similar
patches appear above the I in UNITED and above OF, as well as the
lower point of star 12 on the obverse, also all matching the
Garrett photo. A faint scratch in the right obverse field, one of
the few blemishes on this coin, is also visible on the color plate
of that catalog.
This is a wonderful opportunity for some lucky numismatist to
add this exceptional coin to his or her collection, an opportunity
that may not present itself again for quite some time.
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Found Treasures: Leopold the
by Stewart Huckaby
Like virtually any coin dealer anywhere, we get repeated
questions about coins from the public, usually having to do with
whether someone's treasure is actually worth anything. While the
vast majority of material people ask about has little value and
little interest, every so often there is either a nice collection
or at least an interesting story to tell. Here's an e-mail we
Two months ago while working in my back yard, I was planting
palm trees. I have always found coin after coin in my dirt. My home
was built from 1813-1835, years before the Mississippi River would
flow over this part of land.
I found a coin that can't be located in any book at all. Perhaps
maybe you can tell me what it is. It has 16 with a royal crown then
92 with ARCHIDVX.AVS.DVX.BVR.MAR.Mor.CO.TY. with a coat of arms.
There is a K under the left sword and a B under some strange staff
on the right. On the opposite side, the coin has the lettering
LEOPOLDVS with a strange symbol, then DG.RO.I.S.AVG.GER with
another strange small symbol, then the letters HV.BO.REX. Within
the center there is a big male with long hair.
On each side of the coin it has line markings like a quarter
would have on the edge but these are on the face side. The coin is
Larger than a silver dollar but thinner. I have found some coins in
books that had coat of arms, but not this type of a coin.
I first thought it was just a Mardi Gras Silver Doubloon, until
I showed my father the coin. My father stated that REX stands for
King but is not sure what the rest means.
Could you be so kind to email me any information as to what this
Fortunately, this is a coin that did not take a great deal of
time to identify. The ARCHIDVX.AVS legend was enough by itself to
identify it as from Austria-Hungary, and the rest of this quite
excellent description made identification down to the mint that
produced the coin rather easy. Rest assured that we wish every
description we received had this level of detail!
I think you've found a fairly interesting coin, and it would
probably have quite a story to tell if it could talk. Chances are
that it was a pocket piece that fell out of the pocket in question
at an inopportune time.
Your coin is probably a 1692 Thaler from Hungary, specifically
from the Kremnitz mint (the KB mintmark). It depicts Leopold I the
Hogmouth, so named for reasons that should be obvious if your coin
still shows any detail on his face.
The Habsburg dynasty in Europe had a congenital enlargement of
the lower jaw, known as Mandibular prognathism or colloquially as
Habsburg jaw. The sheer volume of coinage minted with Leopold's
image over his reign of well over 40 years makes him, almost
literally, the poster child for this deformity, although a number
of Spanish monarchs who were not depicted on their coinage were
Leopold the Hogmouth coinage is quite common, but Thalers are
less so than lower denominations, and Thalers are also popular
because of their size. My guess is that your coin would likely
retail for between $20 and $300, depending on condition. Cleaned
and damaged pieces are worth significantly less, and after having
been in the ground, there is a significant chance that your coin
would have suffered some environmental damage.
Coincidentally, we had offered another of these coins at auction
in our September 2004 Long Beach Auction, and this is the coin that
is pictured above.
This particular coin, grading a nice VF-XF, had realized $230.
Smaller denomination Leopold I coinage can be quite inexpensive and
is some of the more prevalent coinage available from the late 17th
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- A coin likely destined for a type set. Usually a high grade,
- A coin from a type not popularly collected by date.
Counterstamp: A marking put onto a coin after minting
with the intention of adding information. Counterstamps were often
officially put onto coins to mark them as being legal tender,
change their value, or both. Private counterstamps may take many
forms, often having a commercial meaning. The CAL on the 1848 CAL
quarter eagle is a counterstamp. Also countermark.
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