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Gold Rarities Highlight $15+ Million Chicago World Coin Auction Results
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April 19, 2014
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Gold Rarities Highlight $15+ Million Chicago World Coin Auction Results
Russia: Nicholas II Presentation gold 25 Roubles (2-1/2 Imperials) 1896
Russia: Nicholas II Presentation gold 25 Roubles (2-1/2 Imperials) 1896
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.

A magnificent 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 star 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 star, 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 numismatic efforts.

Additional highlights include but are by no means limited to:
Austria: Ferdinand III (1627-1657) gold 10 Ducats 1629-HG Austria: Ferdinand III (1627-1657) gold 10 Ducats 1629-HG
Marc Antony as Triumvir (43-31 BC). AV aureus Marc Antony as Triumvir (43-31 BC). AV aureus
Pertinax (AD 193). AV aureus Pertinax (AD 193). AV aureus
Canada: George V Specimen 50 Cents 1921 Canada: George V Specimen 50 Cents 1921
Roman Imperial: Titus (AD 79-81). Orichalcum sestertius. Rome, AD 80-81, RIC 184. Hendin 1594. gVF Roman Imperial: Titus (AD 79-81). Orichalcum sestertius. Rome, AD 80-81, RIC 184. Hendin 1594. gVF
Newfoundland. Victoria gold Pattern Specimen 2 Dollars 1865,London mint, KM-Pn15, NF-15, Bowman-P34, SP63 PCGS Newfoundland. Victoria gold Pattern Specimen 2 Dollars 1865,London mint, KM-Pn15, NF-15, Bowman-P34, SP63 PCGS


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Seldom Seen Selections: California Native Gold
Native Gold. Diltz Mine, Whitlock District, Mariposa Co., California, USA
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 texture.

This significant 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 here.

Native Gold. Diltz Mine, Whitlock District, Mariposa Co., California, USA Native Silver. Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Svene, Flesberg, Buskerud, Norway Native Gold. Farncomb Hill, Breckenridge District, Summit Co., Colorado, USA


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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued German States coins to sell in Heritage auctions:

Emden. Leopold I City 2 Taler 1674, Davenport A5251, KMA21, MS66 NGC
Emden. Leopold I City 2 Taler 1674, Davenport A5251, KMA21, MS66 NGC
  1. Emden. Leopold I City 2 Taler 1674, Davenport A5251, KMA21, MS66 NGC. Realized $111,625.
  2. Lubeck. Free City gold 10 Ducats 1752-JJJ, KM-Pn25, Fr-1499, Dav-2420 (in silver), Specimen 63 PCGS. Realized $111,625.
  3. Saxe-Altenburg. Duke Friedrich Wilhelm III gold 10 Ducats 1672, KM-unlisted, Fr-2913, AU58 NGC. Realized $105,750.
  4. Regensburg. Free City gold 8 Ducats, ND (1765-90), Fr-2558, MS63PL NGC. Realized $69,000.
  5. Breslau. Karl Ferdinand of Poland Octagonal Klippe gold 3 Ducats 1653, KM78, Fr-510, MS63 NGC. Realized $58,750.
  6. Furstenberg-Stuhlingen. Josef Wenzel Broad 4 Taler 1767-ARW,KM19, Davenport LS276, Dollinger 31. Realized $44,562.
  7. Hamburg. Free City gold 2 1/2 Ducats ND (1553-1673), KM49, Fr-1093, AU55 NGC. Realized $43,125.
  8. Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Anna Amalia gold 5 Taler (1 Pistole) 1764, KM131, Fr-3043, MS63 NGC. Realized $41,125.
  9. Hamburg. Free City Medallic gold 10 Ducats ND (1606-20), AU Details NGC. Realized $40,250.
  10. Wurzburg. Johann Philipp Franz gold 2 Ducats ND (1719),KM266, Fr-3687, MS62 NGC. Realized $38,187.
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The Estate Of Ray Frost Fleming, Owner Of Robert Kidd Gallery, Highlights 20th Century Design And Modern & Contemporary Art Auctions

Harry Bertoia: Spray, circa 1970
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."

Julius Schmidt: Untitled (Tower), 1985
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+).

Saarinen: Oval Dining Table (Model 174), 1956
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 pieces.

The estate's fine art works will be offered in Heritage's Modern & Contemporary Auction, May 31st in Dallas, highlights of which include Moses, 1978, by Deborah Butterfield (estimate: $25,000+), and Boy with Bow, by Larry Rivers (estimate: $25,000+).

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Trivia

1. Which coin features an image of songwriter Stephen Foster?
       A) Bridgeport half dollar
       B) Cincinnati half dollar
       C) District of Columbia territorial quarter
       D) Kentucky statehood quarter
       E) Tennessee statehood quarter


2. What was the final year of issue for the nickel three cent piece?
       A) 1865
       B) 1873
       C) 1876
       D) 1882
       E) 1889



Last week's question:

1. In which of the following current states were Territorial gold pieces never minted?
Correct Answer: D) South Carolina (44%).

2. Who designed the Washington quarter?
Correct Answer: D) John Flanagan (42%).


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Is it Time to Sell?
Heritage is once again, proud to announce 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.

To consign to Heritage's Signature auction held during the Golden anniversary of this lauded convention, contact Heritage today to join in on this momentous event. The June Long Beach coin consignment deadline is April 22nd. Please call one of our Consignment Directors at 800-USCOINS (872-6467) ext. 1000 (Coins) or ext. 1001 (Currency) to begin your consignment experience.

June 5 - 8 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
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