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    Extremely Rare Gold 2-1/2 Imperials

    Nicholas II gold 25 Roubles (2-1/2 Imperials) 1896 AU Details (Removed From Jewelry) NGC, Paris mint, KM-YA65, Fr-171, Bit-312 (R2), Severin-555 (RRR), Uzd-4211 (RRR). A superbly rare and massive gold issue produced to commemorate Nicholas II's coronation, only 300 pieces of this denomination and year were originally issued, with an even smaller number surviving down to the present day. Despite the scattered marks, the devices remain on the whole remarkably need sharp with the Imperial Eagle on the reverse displaying clearly mintstate-level details. For reference a similar example, graded AU Details by PCGS but with filed rims, hammered for $70,000 in our January 2013 New York Signature Auction #3021 (Lot 22634). Considering that the present offering has escaped its previous use in jewelry much more unscathed, we expect that it could reach even higher levels, especially considering the coveted opportunity it represents for 19th-century Russian collectors.

    Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000.

    Note for clients in the European Union: This lot is considered by the European Union to be “investment gold”. We believe that it meets the criteria established in Article 344(1), point (2) of Council Directive 2006/112/EC and thus should be exempt from import VAT regardless of the selling price. Any questions or concerns about VAT should be addressed to your accountant or local tax authority.

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    Additional Location Info:
    Philadelphia Convention Center
    1101 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

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