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1638 Saxe-Altenburg 2 Ducats

Possibly the Finest Known

Saxe-Altenburg. Johann Philipp & Friedrich Wilhelm II gold 2 Ducats 1638-MR, Saalfeld mint, KM349, Fr-2905, AU50 NGC. A charming type with a semi-cartoonish, yet skillfully rendered portrait of Johann Philipp facing right on the obverse with his and his brother's titles around the legends. The reverse, in typical format, holds the arms, with the date and initials of mint-master Martin Reimann (MR) divided. Incredibly rare, we have been able to locate a single other public sale for the type in the last 14 years - sold by German auctioneer Kunker in 2012 for 5,500 Euros. When comparing the condition of the two, the present coin is clearly the finer, with the strike showing much bolder throughout and leaving no areas of considerable weakness. The present coin's originality is also admirable with rich lustrous surfaces that hold vibrant orange color. Minor encrustation that haloes the devices, and is particularly noticeable within the reverse arms, ensures absolute originality. Altogether, an impressive rarity with considerable eye appeal. Very possibly the finest known.

Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson.


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Auction Dates
January, 2014
14th-16th Tuesday-Thursday
Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.

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