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Russian coins star at Stack's Bowers

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Russian gold coins from a collection formed in the 1980s will be among the highlights of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ auction to be held Aug. 9-13 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.

The firm said multiple denominations and dates of Alexander III proof gold coinage lead the way to the Nicholas II gold proofs, including a magnificent 1902 large 37-1/2 ruble in PCGS Proof-62. This will be followed by the finest graded 1908 Nicholas II 25 ruble graded PCGS Proof-65. From a mintage of 150 and struck for the czar’s 40th birthday, it is conceivable they were handed out by Nicholas II himself as party favors in May of 1908.

Another gold highlight will be a 1934 Czechoslovakia Kremnica Mines 10 dukaten with an affinity for the number 68, the firm says.

It is not only from a mintage of just 68 pieces, but it is also graded MS-68 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. It is more than 100 times rarer than the Duke Wenceslas on horseback issue, the coin is the finest graded by a three-point margin at the grading services.

Stack’s Bowers also says there will be something for everyone in this year’s ANA sale. There are almost twice as many ancient coins this year than in last year’s auction.

One of the stars among the ancients will be an Agathocles electrum 100 litrae in Fine Style, grading Choice Almost Uncirculated with 5/5 Strike and 5/5 Surfaces.

The Swiss section will feature two 1925-B Switzerland 100 francs, both in magnificent MS-65 condition.

The lot at the very end is a Yap stone measuring 17 inches across. It is the near-ideal size for display in an office or home, Stack’s Bowers says.

Lot viewing prior to the sale will be available by appointment only at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Santa Ana office July 15-21, by appointment only at their New York store July 27-Aug. 1, and without appointment starting Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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