The World's Largest Collectibles
Brazilian Pedro I Coronation 6400 Reis
Sets World Record Price At NYINC
A stunning and pristine 1822 Pedro I gold 6400 Reis,
AU55 NGC realized $499,375 on January 5 to lead Heritage
Auctions' $15 million World & Ancient Coin
Signature Auction, held at the Waldorf-Astoria, as part the New
York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). All prices
include Buyer's Premium.
"This was an incredible auction," said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Vice
President of Heritage Auctions. "There was so much interest from
all over the world, and so many collectors interested in bidding,
that we had a feeling something special was going to happen."
The Pedro I "Coronation Piece," as it is known, more than doubled
its $200,000+ pre-auction estimate when it finished just shy of the
half-million dollar mark, setting a world record price realized for
a Brazilian coin.
"For Brazilians, Pedro I is one of the most important leader since
the inception of the country," Bierrenbach said, "and for Brazilian
numismatists, there is no coin more desirable than this very issue,
and this very coin is the finest available. This record price is
A rarity from the New World, and one of the most important coins of
the Spanish Colonial Period, a 1711 Felipe V gold Royal
Cob 8 Escudos MS64 PCGS, also proved somewhat of a juggernaut
as bidding barreled its way past $250,000 to finish at
"This coin is essentially unmatched in beauty, rarity and
desirability," said Bierrenbach. "There are no more than 50 of
these special coins in existence and a quarter of those are
untouchable in institutional collections. This auction represented
an amazing opportunity for a very advanced collector."
Demand for Latin American rarities continued throughout the
auction, with the top trio of the auction rounded out by the finest extant specimen
of the Guatemalan Central American Republic 1824 8 Escudos, graded
MS65 NGC, which realized a hearty $176,250 final price
Russian collectors proved equally passionate about their nation's
unique coinage when an Elizabeth Dassier Rouble
1757 СПБ-ЯI, MS64 NGC, from the Willy Fuchs Collection — "An
exceedingly rare mint state Dassier Rouble," said Bierrenbach. —
matched the $176,250 price realized to match the Guatemalan 8
The Hans Cook Collection of British Gold, beginning with
Edward III (1327-1377) and ending at George VI (1937), represented
every monarch of the 600-year span (as well as the Cromwell and
Commonwealth issues). The hammered coins were led by a spectacular
example of the classic 1839 Victoria "Una and
the Lion" Proof £5, which received plenty of collector buzz and
soared to a $141,000 price realized.
Just a few of the additional highlights of this auction
Additional world coins will be offered in the 2014 January 14 - 16
Selections From the Eric P.
Newman Collection Part III Signature Auction in New York, and
the 2014 January 20 - 21 World and Ancient Coins Non
Floor Session Auction. US coin offerings continue with the
January 11-12 Signature Internet Sessions of the FUN US Coin
Signature Auction, exclusively at HA.com/Coins.
- Lubeck. Free City gold 10
Ducats 1752-JJJ, KM-Pn25, Fr-1499, Dav-2420 (in silver), Specimen
63 PCGS. Realized $111,625.
- Brazil: Imperial (Pedro I or
Pedro II) gold Ingot of Serro Frio 1831, Prober 1831-SF-31,
55.05gms. Realized $111,625.
- Mexico: Felipe III Royal 8
Reales 1609 Mo-A, Lazaro-35 (this coin). AU55 NGC. Realized
- Brazil: Republic gold 10000
Reis 1922, KM, Russo-710, MS64 NGC. Realized $105,750.
- Russia: Alexander I Proof
Rouble 1816 СПБ-MФ, St. Petersburg mint, Bitkin-113, KM-C130, Proof
65 NGC. Realized $99,875.
- Great Britain: Anne gold 5
Guineas 1706, S-3566, Post Union reverse, Quinto edge, AU58
NGC. Realized $94,000.
- China: People's Republic
Dragon Boat gold Proof 500 Yuan 1995,KM-A823, Fr-124, Proof 68
Ultra Cameo NGC. Realized $88,125.
- Mexico: Felipe IV Royal 8
Reales 1667/6 Mo-G, Lazaro-Unlisted. XF45 NGC. Realized
- Salzburg. Wolf Dietrich von
Raitenau gold 5 Ducats ND (1587-1612), Fr-unlisted,
Probszt-unlisted, BR-1531, MS62 NGC. Realized $88,125.
- Great Britain: James I
(1603-25) gold Spur-Ryal ND, of 15 Shillings, S-2634, 3rd Coinage
of 1619-25, MS64 NGC. Realized $82,250.
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sales at the FUN US Coins auction in
Orlando totaled $43.8 million, led by the 1787 Brasher Doubloon, EB on
Wing, graded MS63 by NGC, which sold for $4,582,500. Two other
coins broke into seven figure territory: the Hawaii Five-O specimen
of the 1913 Liberty Nickel, PR64
NGC, which sold for $3,290,000, and a 1927-D double eagle, MS66
NGC, which sold for $1,997,500. Another eight coins broke the
Overall, the FUN US Coins auction is
expected to threaten the all-time numismatic auction record of
$65.5 million, held by our 2007 FUN US Coins auction.
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A World of Money: An Extraordinary
Multiple Ducat Masterpiece
One of the featured lots in our upcoming Selections From the Eric P.
Newman Collection Part III Signature Auction taking place
January 14 - 16 in New York, is a gold 1612 14 ducats from
Salzburg, graded AU58 by NGC. Markus Sittikus Graf von
Hohenems, depicted on this coin, was born in 1574 and elected
Archbishop of Salzburg In 1612, after his cousin, Wolf Dietrich
Raitenaus, was deposed. Wolf Dietrich was thereafter imprisoned in
the Hohensalzburg Fortrees. Sittikus died in 1619; his primary
legacy consists of the numerous Baroque architectural projects that
helped shape the feel and style of the city.
This coin is a complete enigma of a type; it's a type that seems to
have avoided numismatic plating for at least a half century.
Further adding to the mystery, while smaller ducats of similarity
(same legends and design composition) are shown to exist, the lone
plated examples we have been able to locate are of the 4 Ducat
size. These show Markus Sittikus on the obverse facing right,
instead of the more stylized leftward facing portrait on the
Despite the certain complications of production, this massive
multi-ducat issue was made to a master's specifications. While
being bold, the engraving maintains delicacy, and the strike rises
to virtual completeness. Diagonal reeding adds a nice touch to the
overall feel. The surfaces show even handling in the form of minor
ticks throughout, and point to this piece, albeit for a short
period, filling a commercial role. One hint to this fact lies in
the tiny etching of "XIIII" just before the reverse legends, a
certain quick-identifier of this, even at the time, very rare
Given the absent notation of this major design difference in
previous catalogs, we must question if the present example has ever
been numismatically classified. Whatever the case, we don't
hesitate to call the current offering "once in a lifetime," as this
unique, or nearly so, gold coin is certain to land in a cabinet of
the highest sophistication.
Items being sold are from the extensive collection of Eric P.
Newman Numismatic Education Society (a Missouri not-for-profit
corporation) and have been assembled over a period of 90 years.
Proceeds of the sale of all items will be used exclusively for
supplementing the Society's museum operations and scholarly
numismatic research efforts and for the benefit of other
not-for-profit institutions selected by Eric P. Newman Numismatic
Education Society for public purposes.
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If you are interested in the coin, but in a different grade, there
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The ten highest valued Civil War tokens to
sell in Heritage auctions:
Feuchtwanger coins dated 1864 have been excluded, since they are
generally listed with Hard Times tokens.
- (1861-65) Seth Smith & Son,
Detroit, MI, F-225BT-1a, R.9, AU50 NGC. Realized $14,950
- 1864 W. Darling, Saranac, MI,
F-865A-2a, R.9, MS62 Brown NGC. Realized $10,637
- (1861-65) D.L. Lapsley &
Co., Nashville, TN, Fuld 690C-7b, R.9, Reverse Die 1397, XF40
NGC. Realized $4,456
- (1861-65) Fr. Behr, Detroit, MI,
F-225I-1a, R.8, XF45 NGC. Realized $4,312
- 1863 J.O. Ames, Books,
Hillsdale, MI, MS65 NGC. Fuld-MI450A-1b. Realized $4,112
- (1861-65) G.G. Sawtell, 8th
Virginia Regiment Sutler Token VF35 NGC. VA S-H5B. Realized
- 1863 Civil War Token, Fuld
91/435A, R.8. MS65 Red and Brown NGC. Realized $3,450
- 1864 Abraham Lincoln in Gilt,
MS67 Prooflike NGC. Realized $3,450
- 1863 Peterson's Jewelers,
Honesdale, PA, MS65 NGC. Fuld-464A-5d. Realized $2,990
- 1863 Sam's Inn, Boston, MA,
Fuld-MA115F-1e, R.9, XF40 NGC. Realized $2,990
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Davy Crockett Related Material to be Offered in
Upcoming Texana Auction
He killed a bear (read: b'ar) when he was only three. Or so I'm
told. We've all grown up with the legend of Davy Crockett, the
original frontiersman in his coon-skin cap. But as with so many of
our American heroes, the long since forgotten reality of his role
in the development of the American West is far more fascinating
than his popular legend recalls. That reality and that legend go
very much hand in hand, however. Heritage is proud to offer in its
upcoming Texana Auction #6109,
to be held in Dallas on March 8, two David Crockett related pieces
which provide fascinating insight into the development of his
legend, both during and after his extraordinary lifetime.
One item we are pleased to offer is a fascinating relic
related to the infamous death of Colonel Crockett. On August
12, 1837, Crockett's third son, Robert P. Crockett, signed this
legal document swearing to serve as administrator of the estate of
his father, famously killed defending the Alamo on March 6th of the
previous year. In it Robert swears to inventory and administrate
the "goods, credits, lands, and tenements" of his father's
estate. While this extraordinary historical document does not tell
us anything particularly surprising in and of itself, it serves as
a monument to the life and heroic death of this American icon.
Interestingly, this lot speaks only to the management of Crockett's
physical legacy, drawing our attention to the role of Crockett's
heirs in the development and management of his legacy as a whole, a
fact that is very important to our understanding of our second
Crockett lot and its significance.
This second item is a copy of Davy Crockett's
Almanack of Wild Sports in the West, Life in the Backwoods,
Sketches of Texas, and Rows on the Mississippi, declared
on the title page to have been "printed by the heirs of Col.
Crockett" in 1838, only two years after Crockett's death. This
brochure includes tales of attacks from panthers, giant snakes,
and, of course, bears, and sometimes all three (I think it is safe
to assume these are mostly apocryphal), as well as a smattering of
humorous anecdotes and the occasional weather reports expected of
an almanac. I was surprised, however, to read these tales and find
that almost none of them related to Crockett personally. I had
expected a collection of tales about the adventures of the
frontiersman himself. There are occasional quotes from Crockett, or
very short tales recalling, for example, the "well
established" story that it was his personal shot at Santa Anna
which incited the Mexican General to attack the Alamo the following
day, but the Almanac is merely haunted by his memory, not centered
around his myths. Instead, his "heirs", apparently responsible for
this publication, seem to have made their relative the patron saint
of the American frontier, the sponsor of these wild stories and of
American settlers' defeat of the unforgiving wilderness. They have
by mere association assigned his unpredictable, fearless, and
unwaveringly determined spirit to be that of the American frontier
and its relatively few inhabitants. It's an understandable
attribution; Crockett's life was undoubtedly an exciting one, full
of tales of bravery and an adventurous spirit. These true tales,
however, consist of far less bear-wrastlin' than myth would like us
The publication of this almanac and its earlier issues, which reach
back to 1835, a year before Crockett's death, prove that even
during his lifetime, Davy Crockett was crowned by popular opinion
"The King of the Wild Frontier" and his spirit of bravery and
undaunted determination would go on to serve as the example of the
attitude of exploration and adventure which would grip the United
States as it continued to look westward en mass following his
death. The Almanac's volume title of "Go Ahead!"
encapsulates the emerging idea of Manifest Destiny which would
begin to take hold in the coming years, with this fictionalized
Crockett as its figure head.
Heritage Auctions invites further consignments to accompany these
captivating pieces for our Texana Auction to be held in Dallas on
March 8, 2014. Please check the auction's website frequently as new
lots will continue to be added. There are only a few days left
until our consignment deadline on January 15, so please don't
hesitate to contact Sandra Palomino (SandraP@HA.com), David Boozer (DavidB@HA.com), or Bryan Booher (BBooher@HA.com) with your quality
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