Sales of world and ancient coins contributed $4,496,962 to the nearly $32 million total realized by Heritage’s September 7-13 Long Beach auctions.
The coin catalog came well-seeded with numerous high-grade rarities. At sale’s end 20 lots had fetched in excess of $10,000. Of those half took more than $20,000.
Star of the world and ancients show was a gold “Finger Bar” recovered from the wreck of the “Golden Fleece” sunk sometime about 1550. The bar measures 7.6 inches long, 0.8 inches wide and 0.5 inches high. It weighs 567.7 g and was marked “X.X” four times along its length indicating a fineness of 19.5 karat. It was one of a few complete bars found on the wreck with most of the gold coins recovered having been struck from sections cut from these bars. It still bears marine incrustations. It had no trouble in finding a new home for $39,950.
Not too far behind at $37,600 was one of two known examples of a Pomerania-Stettin 1-1/2 taler of Philipp II dated 1613, KM-15. This particularly rare klippe had been struck at the Stettin mint using the same dies as those of the taler issued the same year. It is lectible XF-45 as graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
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