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U.S., world coins headline auction

An auction event featuring numismatic treasures spanning the four hemispheres of the globe is set to take place at Heritage’s Sept. 10-13 Signature World Coin Auction at the Long Beach, Calif., Convention Center.

“We’ve put together a very strong, marvelously focused auction,” said Warren Tucker, director of world coins at Heritage Auction Galleries.

The Heritage Signature U.S. Coin Auction, slated for the same venue, features a wide variety including an 1891 $20 PR-67 Ultra Cameo NGC.

Also featured is a 1900 Lafayette dollar MS-67 NGC and an 1892-S $1 MS-62 PCGS.

Leading the way for world coin aficionados is a classic and extremely rare Chinese coin, a Mint State Chihli Tael, Year 33 (1907), KM-Y74.1, L&M-438, MS-63 NGC. This coin is as sculptural as they come, and carries an appeal equally strong numismatically as it artistically. As a classic and exceedingly uncommon issue of the Chinese late Empire series, it carries an estimate of $80,000-$120,000.

“This coin is as attractive as they come,” said Tucker. “It’s fully lustrous with a wonderful gold and gray patina along with superbly defined details on the dragon. There are a lot of collectors bound to be very excited by this coin.”

One of Latin America’s most intriguing coins, the famous Coquimbo Republic Peso 1828-TH, KM88, WR-10, Eliz-98, XF-45 NGC, is an authentic type “A” of this issue. It carries an estimate of $30,000-$40,000.

Scandinavia is well represented by several varieties of Danish coins, including a superb run of specimen Danish 20 kroners featuring a Christian X gold specimen 20 kroner 1926-HCN, KM817.2, Specimen 66 PCGS, with virtually perfect surfaces. Graded 68, this is to believed to be the finest known example of the date. Estimate: $32,500 – $37,500.

The famous “Greenland Dollar,” a Christian VII Danish Asiatic Company Piastre 1777, KM639.2, Davenport 412, Salv-52, AU-58 NGC, rounds out the Danish offerings. It carries an estimate of $40,000-$50,000.

An extreme rarity from Brazil, a Joao V gold 12800 Reis Dobra 1731-R “Italic Shield”, KM148, AU-53 NGC, is one of only a handful of pieces known to exist, most of which are in private museums. As a short-lived type, the 12800 Reis were struck at the Rio de Janeiro mint from 1727 to 1733. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $75,000 – $90,000.

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