of World & Ancient Coins Sold at NYINC
By Heritage Auctions
Auction Galleries has just posted prices
realized approaching $7 million on its Signature
Auction of Ancient and World Coins, held as an
official auction of the New York International
Numismatic Convention in New York City (NYINC).
At the conclusion of sales of Post Auction Buys
and non-floor session material (ending Jan. 13),
total prices Realized are expected to well
exceed $7 million. This was the lead event in a
week of Heritage auctions that will see more
than 18,000 lots of rare coins and currency
valued above $50 million sold in New York City
and Orlando, Florida. Prices realized
information on all auctions can be found at
"This auction, Heritage’s seventh Official NYINC
event at the Waldorf-Astoria, featured nearly
3000 lots of ancient and world coins from 225+
consignors," said Warren Tucker, Heritage’s
Director of World Coin Auctions. "This could
well be our most valuable auction ever of
ancient and world coins. Our prior record of
$7,157,933 was set only last year at our June
Long Beach Signature Auction, so this will be
very close. It speaks well of the strength of
the world coin market and our global marketing
outreach wherever the final numbers fall."
"Rarities were included from around the world,"
continued Tucker, "but the auction was
strengthened by several impressive specialty
collections. Among the outstanding consignments
were the Grundy Collection (one of the top
collections of silver world crowns ever
assembled, with 600 crowns renowned for both
diversity and quality collected over 35 years),
selections from the Deb-Ann Collection (from a
serious collector for more than a quarter
century), and the Don Kagin Collection of
Multiple Thalers (formed over half a century
with guidance from his father, Art Kagin, and
focusing on specimens of historic importance,
rarity, and quality).
We were especially gratified to see continued
growth in our HERITAGE Live! online bidding
system, which was kept constantly busy winning
lots for clients around the globe."
The top lot in the auction at $109,250 was a
unique ancient silver coin/medallion of Hadrian
Augustus (minted A.D. 135-137). Considered a
masterpiece of ancient portraiture (by the
‘Alphaeus Master’, most likely a member of
Hadrian’s inner circle, and perhaps the sculptor
Antonianus (Antoninianus) of Aphrodisias) at
33.5 mm in width, the obverse has been judged
one of the finest among the entire Roman
coinage. The reverse features a delightful
mythological scene that speaks of Hadrian’s
patronage of the Greeks, with Poseidon standing,
his left foot on a rock, holding a trident
upright; at right, Athena stands with her left
hand on her hip, and her right hand on an olive
branch with a snake coiling from the base of the
Second place honors at the auction were won by
another Roman coin, a gold Aureus of Aelius
Caesar, minted in 137 A.D., formerly from the
John Whitney Walter Collection. In "Fleur de
Coin" condition, Lot 20077 Realized $103,500
against a pre-auction estimate of $40,000 -
$50,000. Minted in Rome, the obverse feature a
bare-headed and draped bust of Aelius facing
right, while the reverse features Pietas holding
a box of perfumes and sacrificing over an altar.
Additional rarities featured at NYINC include:
Lot 20430: Canada: George V, 1921 50 Cents,
KM25a, MS64 PCGS. One of the legendary coins of
the Canadian series and rarely available in mint
state. Realized $74,750.
Lot 21925: Mexico, Republic Cap and Rays 8
Reales 1827-Pi JS, San Luis Potosi Mint,
KM377.12, Pi-02, MS63 NGC. In total, 14
different mints struck these coins, and they
became hugely popular in world commerce; this
may be the finest extant specimen. This
masterpiece in Mexican silver held a pre-auction
estimate: $35,000 - $45,000. Realized $63,250.
Lot 22210: Russia, Peter I 1714 Novodel gold 2
Ducats (Double Chervonets), Bust of Peter I
right/Triple Crowned Imperial eagle, Sev 39, UZD
0022, Diakov p21 N, AU58 NGC. Realized $63,250.
From the Deb-Ann Collection, Lot 22211: Russia,
Peter I (the Great) 1702 Medallic gold Novodel
in the weight of 7 Ducats, Laureate and armored
bust of Peter I right with the inscription in
Russian reading, Tsar Peter Alexeexich Ruler of
All Russia/Russian Double-headed eagle, F-81,
Diakov 11.3 (R5), Reichel 917, 20.8 gm., lightly
cleaned UNC. Realized $57,500.
From the Deb-Ann Collection, Lot 21900: Mexico:
Philip V 1733-Mo F Portrait gold 8 Escudos,
KM148 (listed as rare), Cayon-10030, Calico-422,
MS64 NGC. A majestic coin with a medallic
strike, almost perfectly centered on each side
with deep denticled rims, broad on the obverse
and serving to offset the magnificent portrait
as if in a cameo. In 1732, the design of gold
coins was changed at the Mexico City mint from
the medieval style featuring a huge cross and
the royal crest to the portrait type, and the
initial dates of 1732 and 1733 are very rare.
Lot 22381: Russia: Alexander II 1879 gold 3
Roubles CПБ-HФ, Triple crowned Imperial
eagle/Date and value in circle, Bit-41 (R2),
MS62 Prooflike NGC. Bitkin lists the mintage as
5 (which may be low), but this date is quite
rare. Realized $48,875.
Lot 22381: Japan: Showa 5 (1930) gold 20 Yen,
KM-Y52, MS65 NGC. A very rare type which was
unattainable before the release of the Japanese
Finance Minister holdings. Realized $48,875.
From the Grundy Collection, Lot 20861: France:
Louis XV Ecu 1715W, D-1325, G-316, 30.26g, AU50
NGC. Lille mint. Ecu aux 3 Courounnes. One of
the great rarities of French numismatics; of the
four mints which struck this type, Lille is the
only collectible mint. Realized $46,000.
Lot 21860: Japan: Showa 7 (1932) gold 20 Yen,
KM-Y52, MS64 NGC. Realized $43,125.
Lot 21860: Russia: Russian Federation gold
10,000 Roubles 2002, Works of Dionissy, KM-Y784,
32.152g AGW, Choice Proof in the original case
with certificate from a mintage of 100. Realized
Lot 22476: Russia: Nicholas II Bicentenary of
the Victory of the Russian Fleet at Gangut
Rouble 1914 BC, Bust right with date/Imperial
eagle with value, Bit-337 (R2), Uzd-4202, MS65
NGC. Realized $40,250.
Lot 21858: Japan: Showa 5 (1930) gold 5 Yen,
KM-Y51, MS67 NGC. Essentially unavailable to
collectors for more than 70 years until the
Japanese Finance Minister hoard was released for
public auction. Realized $37,375.
Lot 22287: Russia: Alexander I Pattern Rouble
1801 CПБ-AI, Bust right/Imperial eagle with
date, Bit-632 (R3), Severin-2497, Julian-941,
MS61 NGC. Realized $35,938.
Lot 22270: Russia: Paul I Albertus Rouble 1796
БM, Crowned Imperial eagle with date
above/Tablet with legend, Bit-14, UZD-1257, MS63
PCGS. Realized $34,500.
From the Deb-Ann Collection, Lot 21895: Mexico:
Philip V 1715-Mo J gold cob 8 Escudos,
Cayon-9950, MS64 NGC. Realized $32,200.
From the Deb-Ann Collection, Lot 21901: Mexico:
Felipe V 1743-Mo MF gold 8 Escudos, KM148, MS62
NGC. Ex Norweb (as “proof”) with the original
flip included. Realized $32,200.
From the Deb-Ann Collection, Lot 22692: Spain:
Carlos III (1759-88) 1772-S CF gold 8 Escudos,
KM409.2, Cayon-12836, MS64 NGC. Realized
Lot 20552: China: Empire Hu Poo gold Pattern
Tael Year 29 (1903), KM-Pn296, LM1019, plain
edge, Brilliant Uncirculated. The dies were
produced by the Osaka Mint. Realized $29,900.
Lot 21452: Great Britain: George V bronze
Pattern Penny by Lavrillier 1933, P2284, Fr786,
exceedingly rare, only 4 pieces believed to
exist, struck by the Royal Mint (at Tower Hill).
The initials of Bertram Mackennal (the official
mint engraver at this time) appear on the king’s
truncation, just to the right of the initials
A.L. (for the French artist to whom this pattern
is attributed, Andre Lavrillier). Realized
Images, descriptions, and prices realized from
Heritage’s previous numismatic auctions – some
two million lots – are available in the
Permanent Auction Archives at the Heritage Web
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