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Gold Rarities Highlight $15+ Million
Chicago World Coin Auction Results
Rarities from Russia and Bohemia headlined the results of the
CICF World and Ancient Coins
Signature Auction, offered April 10-12 & 15-16 in
conjunction with the Chicago International Coin Fair. Overall
prices realized for this auction exceeded $15 million. All results
include a 17.5% Buyer's Premium.
Top honors were taken by a classic rarity struck to commemorate the
coronation of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. This gold 1896 25 Roubles
piece, graded MS61 by NGC is one of a tiny mintage of 300
coins, with far fewer known to survive today. Along with its
unquestioned rarity, it also boasts the distinction of being one of
the largest Russian gold issues of the era, with more than 32 grams
of gold content. This coin sold for $217,375.
taler-sized gold rarity from Bohemia, struck during the reign
of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III, sold for $164,500. This
large gold coin, struck in 1629 at the Glatz mint in what is now
Poland, bears a face value of 10 ducats. It boasts a superb strike,
full luster, and noticeable reflectivity, accounting for the MS62
grade assigned by PCGS.
Roman gold aurei provided numerous highlights to this auction. A
very rare portrait AV aureus of Marc
Antony as Triumvir (43-31 BC) from the Andre Constantine
Dimitriadis Collection, photo-certified as XF by
NGC, crossed the block at $141,000. An aureus from the 86 day
rule of Pertinax (AD 193), brought $129,250. This coin from the
Lexington Collection combines rarity with superb technical quality,
boasting NGC's highest possible grade for ancient coins, Gem MS.
The Lexington Collection was also the source of a rare portrait
Aureus of Augustus (27
BC-AD 14) with capricorn reverse, unusual in Augustan gold
coinage. This coin, bearing NGC's grade of AU , found
a new home for $111,625.
All that glittered in this auction was not gold, however. The "King
of Canadian Coins", a 1921 50 cent piece
from the Prager Collection of Canadian Specimen Coins graded
Specimen 64 by PCGS, hammered for $141,000. This piece, with
about 75 examples known in all grades, is subject to unceasing
demand from Canadian collectors looking for a capstone to their
Additional highlights include but are by no means limited to:
US Coins, US Currency and
remain open for bidding at HA.com.
Imperial: Titus (AD 79-81). Orichalcum sestertius. Rome, AD 80-81,
RIC 184. Hendin 1594. gVF. Sold for $105,750.
Victoria gold Pattern Specimen 2 Dollars 1865,London mint, KM-Pn15,
NF-15, Bowman-P34, SP63 PCGS. Sold for $102,812.
Imperatorial: C. Cassius Longinus, Imperator and Assassin of Caesar
(44-42 BC). AV aureus. Crawford 498/1. Babelon Cassia 12. Cohen 2.
CRI 217. Calicó 63. NGC MS.
Sold for $99,875.
Ferdinand VII Real 1817-BS, Caracas mint, KM 5.2, Stohr-10-C5, AU53
NGC. Sold for $88,125.
- China: Empire
Long Whisker silver Pattern Dollar Year 3 (1911), central mint at
Tientsin, L&M-28, Kann-223, KM-Pn304, MS61 NGC. Sold for
- German New
Guinea: German Colony gold 20 Mark 1895-A, KM9, Fr-1, MS66 NGC.
Sold for $76,375.
Edward VII Specimen 25 Cent 1902-H, Heaton mint, KM11, SP68
PCGS. Sold for $70,500.
People's Republic of China Proof gold Unicorn 500 Yuan (5 ounce)
1995, KM-Y656, PR69 Ultra Cameo NGC. Sold for $64,625.
People's Republic Tomb of Emperor Huang gold Proof 500 Yuan (5 oz)
1993, KM593, Fr-84, Proof 66 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for
Imperatorial: Octavian as Sole Imperator (31-27 BC). AV aureus.
Italian mint, possibly Rome, 30-29 BC. RIC I 273. CRI 418. Calicó
206 (this coin illustrated). BMCRE 643. BN 91. NGC Choice XF.
Sold for $64,625.
Imperial: Claudius (AD 41-54). AV aureus. Rome, AD 46-7. RIC 31.
BMCRE 30. Cohen 7. Calico 340 (this coin illustrated). Biaggi 200
(this coin). Choice EF. Sold for $64,625.
Szechuan. Brass 50 Cent (3 Mace and 6 Candareens) Pattern ND
(1898), KM-Pn13, MS63 NGC. Sold for $64,625.
Seldom Seen Selections: California Native
Crystalline Native Gold specimens have always represented a very
small percent of the world's production. This is chiefly due to the
existence of mines with huge tonnages of low-grade ore, where low
grade is made up for by the sheer volume of material processed
per diem. This rarity of crystal material has led to
specimens of high-grade Gold being valued using different criteria
than simple estimates of weight value based on spot prices. There
are single crystal Native Gold specimens with less than 20 ounces
of contained Gold that have sold for seven figures.
This brings us to this lovely
crystalline confection from the Diltz Mine, presented as a part
of our May 4 Nature &
Science Signature Auction in Dallas. It combines the features
of several types of specimen Native Gold: leaf and crystal. The
overall form is that of 'leaf' type, where thin sheets of Gold are
deposited in narrow fractures, and the only possible direction to
grow is laterally. Meanwhile, the Gold is also trying to form
crystals in these same open spaces; only the space is narrow so the
Gold grows the only way it can: sideways, generating leaves of
crystals. The shining faces of these crystals, and the rich buttery
color of high Karat Gold, conspires with the presence of a white
matrix to provide a complementary shift in luster, color and
specimen has a great pedigree: it was on display at the
Sterling Hill Mining Museum as part of the Dick Hauck collection,
as well as being in the Harvard Mineralogical Museum before that.
The condition of this specimen, which weighs 4.87 troy ounces, is
absolutely pristine. It comes with a custom, labeled acrylic base.
See the 360 degree
video of this specimen.
The May 4 Nature & Science Signature Auction contains quite a
number of specimens of native precious metals. View them
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The ten highest valued German States coins
to sell in Heritage auctions:
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- Emden. Leopold I City 2
Taler 1674, Davenport A5251, KMA21, MS66 NGC. Realized
- Lubeck. Free City gold 10
Ducats 1752-JJJ, KM-Pn25, Fr-1499, Dav-2420 (in silver), Specimen
63 PCGS. Realized $111,625.
- Saxe-Altenburg. Duke
Friedrich Wilhelm III gold 10 Ducats 1672, KM-unlisted, Fr-2913,
AU58 NGC. Realized $105,750.
- Regensburg. Free City gold
8 Ducats, ND (1765-90), Fr-2558, MS63PL NGC. Realized
- Breslau. Karl Ferdinand of
Poland Octagonal Klippe gold 3 Ducats 1653, KM78, Fr-510, MS63
NGC. Realized $58,750.
- Furstenberg-Stuhlingen. Josef
Wenzel Broad 4 Taler 1767-ARW,KM19, Davenport LS276, Dollinger
31. Realized $44,562.
- Hamburg. Free City gold 2
1/2 Ducats ND (1553-1673), KM49, Fr-1093, AU55 NGC. Realized
- Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Anna
Amalia gold 5 Taler (1 Pistole) 1764, KM131, Fr-3043, MS63 NGC.
- Hamburg. Free City
Medallic gold 10 Ducats ND (1606-20), AU Details NGC. Realized
- Wurzburg. Johann Philipp
Franz gold 2 Ducats ND (1719),KM266, Fr-3687, MS62 NGC.
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The Estate Of Ray Frost Fleming,
Owner Of Robert Kidd Gallery, Highlights 20th Century Design And
Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions
Selections from the Estate of Ray Frost Fleming, a Cranbrook
Academy of Art graduate, notable studio artist, and owner of the
Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Mich., will be offered in Dallas
this April and May, respectively, at Heritage's 20th &
21st Century Design and Modern & Contemporary
Signature Art auctions. Fleming's estate offers a survey of the
great names in mid-century modern design and modern fine art that
exemplify the definitive styles that emerged from Cranbrook.
"Ray F. Fleming's impeccable eye for 20th century design
brought national distinction to Birmingham's Robert Kidd Gallery,"
said Caroline Ashleigh, Heritage's Michigan-based consultant on the
Fleming Estate. "The selection Heritage is offering represents the
best of the best and speaks to the heart of his education at
Cranbrook Academy. We think collectors will be delighted to
experience the more unique items in this special estate."
The first selection of important 20th century sculptural
design from the estate will be offered April 23rd and offers rare
works by well-known artists, such as Spray, circa
1970, by Harry Bertoia (estimate: $50,000+). Standing over
five feet tall with stainless steel rods terminating in melted
brass beads, Spray is a remarkable example of the sculptor's
inimitable style. The auction also features Untitled (Tower),
1985, by Julius Schmidt, the critically acclaimed sculptor
and fellow Cranbrook graduate (estimate: $5,000+).
Furniture by blue-chip designers such as Mies Van Der Rohe, Eero
Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames will likely attract intense
bidding. Van Der Rohe's leather and chrome-plated steel Barcelona Chairs,
1929 (estimate $4,000+); Saarinen's Oval Dining Table (Model
174), 1956 (estimate $3,000+); and a classic example of Charles
& Ray Eames' landmark Lounge Chair and Ottoman,
1956, (estimate $2,500+), are among the most sought after
The estate's fine art works will be offered in Heritage's Modern & Contemporary
Auction, May 31st in Dallas, highlights of which include
by Deborah Butterfield (estimate: $25,000+), and Boy with Bow,
by Larry Rivers (estimate: $25,000+).
More information about Fine & Decorative Art
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that they are the Official Auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo. Now
in its 50th year, Long Beach has proven time and again to be the
venue to choose when it is time to consign your collection. The
market for numismatics remains solid, proven by the recent ANA
Signature Auction held in Atlanta, GA showing total prices realized
at nearly $15 million.
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June 5 - 8 LB Expo US Coins
Signature Auction - Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: April 22, 2014
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