German, French and British coins will be among the highlights of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ world coin, ancient coin and world paper money auction that will be held during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont Ill.
Among the German coins are an extremely rare and possibly unique 1591 Trier taler, graded MS-62, and an 1806-A Prussian Double-Frederick d’Or graded MS-63 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, the finest graded example by an astonishing 23-point margin.
Rounding out the German offerings are several German New Guinea Bird of Paradise 5-mark coins, including an MS-63+ example graded by the Professional Coin Grading Service.
From France comes what the auction firm calls an impressive King Henry VI (1422-1461) Salut D’Or, graded by NGC as MS-65 and in such pristine condition it needs to be seen to be fully appreciated.
British highlights include an 1687 guinea in MS-64 by NGC, as well as a proof 1826-Septimo crown, one of only 150 minted, graded PF-63 by NGC. The British section is extensive and offers many hammered pieces, all graded by NGC or PCGS.
The depth of the Russian coin offering is called breathtaking and includes an 1831/0-CNB platinum 6 ruble in MS-62 by PCGS, an 1841 Marriage Ruble in Proof-63 by PCGS, and an 1858-CNB OB ruble in NGC Proof-66 Ultra Cameo that possesses full black and white contrast.
South American gold issues, include a 1712-M Peru 8 escudos in AU-50 by NGC. Brazilian gold issues are extensive.
Iberian offerings include an 1845 Portugal 5,000 reis, from a mintage of 401.
Among other European issues there is a fabulous run of Swiss talers from the 18th and 19th centuries. Many are finest, tied for finest, or close to finest graded, and many are pedigreed to the Q. David Bowers collection.
The ancients section features a Syracuse silver decadrachm by Euainetos, a Ptolemiac Egypt gold octodrachm, and a late Roman Empire Honorius (as Emperor) gold piece (unique), as well as Etruscan pieces such as an Eturia Gold 25 asses in what is described as an absolutely sensational state of preservation.
World paper money has over 200 showcase lots with several concentrations of important notes. A very strong selection of Brazilian notes displays a major emphasis on quality. Several rare designs will be offered that the firm said are the finest it has ever handled and at the top the PMG population reports. Other important rarities include a selection of British Commonwealth pieces, with many notes representing the finest available material.
Check www.StacksBowers.com more information.
This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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