New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) is one of the largest shows for the United States catering to world and ancient numismatists. This event is a gathering of the top dealers and auctions worldwide. Several auctions will occur before, during, and after this convention as world-leader PCGS-graded coins are featured as each auction’s highlights. Today we feature coins in the forthcoming January 17-18, 2020 Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale. The NYINC sale features over 300 PCGS-graded lots. A selection of some of the best PCGS coins of the auction are highlighted here.
Lot 20148 – Australia 1916-I Specimen Penny. This beautifully preserved penny minted as a specimen from the Calcutta Mint in India for Australia is a rarity in any condition. It is previously from the Fenton Collection. Graded PCGS SP64+RB, it has an auction estimate of $10,000 - $15,000.
Lot 20285 – Ecuador 1855/2-GJ Quito 8 Escudos. This lovely problem-free example of a large early Ecuador gold coin is always in high demand from collectors of escudos, Ecuadorian collectors, and rare coin investors. This coin is graded PCGS AU53 and carries an auction estimate of $5,000 - $7,000.
Lot 20311 – France 1555 Gold Piefort of 8 Henri D’Or. This truly special coin is just one of two known examples. Boasting an incredible 29.03-gram weight and a diameter of just 29 millimeters, this large the coin is impressive to hold with its 3-millimeter thickness. Likely made for royalty itself, the coin represents the height of minting technology for the time. It is graded PCGS Genuine and it has an auction estimate of $80,000 - $100,000.
Lot 20337 – France 2003 Gold 100 Euro. This infamous coin was minted by the Monnaie de Paris for the 500th anniversary of the most famous painting in the Louvre, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Weighing in at five ounces of .999 gold, the coin has a mintage of only 99 coins, and this one is #72 as marked on the edge. These coins don’t come pristine from the mint, and in Proof 68 this is the finest graded. It is graded PCGS PR68 DCAM with an auction estimate $7,000 - $9,000.
Lot 20359 – German States Magdeburg 1551 Siege 2 Ducat. The siege of Magdeburg was an effort to take back the protestant city by the Elector of Saxony and reinstate catholic archbishopric rule. Siege coins are emergency coinage often cut from metal as needed for urgent use while walled cities were under siege. This rare piece from Magdeburg is currently the only known example of a gold piece from this siege, weighing 6.45 grams and cut to the two-ducat weight. Often after a siege these emergency issues were melted. This example is the coin plated in the Friedberg catalog as Fr-1531. Graded PCGS MS62, this amazing coin has an auction estimate of $50,000 - $75,000.
Lot 21301 – Grenada (1814) 6 Bits. This coin is a new discovery that confirms the existence of a Grenada 6 bits coin. From a British colonial collection all the way in South Africa, this coin has been missing from all major collections of West Indies and regulated coinage. From the decree, the order authorizing the coin the number of 2,000 “dollars” (8 Reales) were to be cut and stamped for 6 bits (4 shilling & 6 pence) weight. There are two cut and assay initials employed by Grenada for the regulation, “GS” and “TR.” While known on other denominations, these markings on the 6 bits had yet to surface until now. This coin is graded PCGS VF30 with the countermarks of VF Details and has an auction estimate of $3,000 - $4,000.
Lot 21158 – Japan (1860-1862) Man’en Oban. This Man’en-era Oban boasts an impressive 112.15 grams of gold and is hand inked as issued. It is a popular investment and collector coin worldwide. Graded PCGS AU55, it has an auction estimate of $15,000 - $20,000.
Lot 21186 – Mexico 1866-Ho FM 8 Reales. For collectors of 8 reales, the Hermosillo Mint coins from the state of Sonora are a popular and hard-to-find mint of the series. Of this elusive mint, the date 1866 might be the rarest date of the legally authorized coinage. Most if not possibly the entire mintage of the Hermosillo Mint coins were sent to Asia for trade, and most were melted. Finding any example of an 1866 is very difficult, especially a problem-free example. Graded PCGS XF45, this coin has an auction estimate $3,000 - $5,000.
Lot 21195 – Mexico 1907 Pattern 50 Centavos. Fast becoming one of the most iconic and popular designs for Mexican coinage, the Caballito peso had Paris Mint essays made before it was officially a Mexican coin. Cataloged as PL-01B, this example was struck as a pattern with an incuse lettered edge. The 50 centavos were never authorized, but in 1910 Peso coins of this design were struck and the pattern issues are treasures today. It is graded PCGS PR62 with an auction estimate of $7,000 - $10,000.
Lot 21199 – Netherlands Gelderland (1583-1584) double rose noble. Gelderland and other Netherland provinces were very active in trade with continental Europe and England. Being newly freed from the Spanish the issuing of its own coinage would be devalued in trade. Rather than lose money, imitative issues were produced mimicking the designs of other European trade powers like England and Spain. This example is an imitative example of rose noble but struck in double weight of 15.17 grams. Currently unpublished and the only known example this coin is traced back to the H. Westhoff Jr. Collection sold in 1848 and since appearing in several other important sales. Graded PCGS MS63 with an auction estimate of $50,000 - $70,000.
Lot 21321 – Russia (1839) Gold Medal. This massive 65-millimeter, 205.32-gram gold medal from Russia is from the reign of Nicholas I (1839). The commemorative piece known as “Reign for Our Glory” listed as Diakov 547.1. It is designed and made by the Brasseux family, showing their great talent for their metal works. It is graded PCGS SP62 with an auction estimate of $80,000 - $100,000.
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