Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio as they conduct the Official Auction of the August 2012 World’s Fair of Money! The world and ancients division of Stack’s Bowers Galleries will present over 1,300 lots of ancient and world coins and paper money on Wednesday, August 8 and Friday, August 10. Please note that we will also be offering an Internet-only session containing over 700 lots of ancient and world coins and paper money that will close on Tuesday, August 14. The sale will feature coins from the Demarete Collection, the Madeleine Collection, and much more.
World gold coins, crowns, and minors will be offered in Session B which will take place on Friday, August 10 beginning at 10:00 AM. Italian gold features an 1821-L one year type Sardinia 80 Lire graded AU-58 by NGC; this coin hails from the Demarete Collection is a survivor from a mintage of just 965 pieces. Among Polish issues is a well struck 1585 Stephen Bathory gold Ducat of Danzig graded AU-58 by NGC. Russian coins feature a number of very rare pieces in both gold and platinum, like the low mintage 1755 gold 5 Ruble in NGC AU-55, the very rare platinum 12 Ruble of 1831 in the same grade, and the Mint State 1830 platinum 6 Ruble that is tied for the second finest certified in the grade of NGC MS-64.
The section of world crowns and minors provides a pleasing selection of coins that offers something for every collector. Brazilian coins feature a nice run of countermarked cobs, Minas Gerais countermarks, and pattern issues, and French coinage showcases an excellent selection of high grade 5 Franc pieces, many from the Madeleine Collection. British rarities are once again at the fore, with an extremely rare 1644 Oxford mint Pound offered as lot 40575. A well struck example of the issue, this coin is graded EF-45 by NGC and presents a great opportunity to own a distinctly rare coin from a tumultuous period in Britain’s history.
Additional NGC highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2012 World’s Fair of Money sale include:
Lot 40023, BRAZIL. 6,400 Reis (Peca), 1758-B. NGC MS-66.
Lot 40121, GERMANY. Frankfurt. 5 Ducat, ND (ca. 1658). NGC XF-45.
Lot 40239, ITALY. 100 Lire, 1905-R. NGC MS-61.
Lot 40348, RUSSIA. 5 Rubles, 1798-CN OM. St. Petersburg Mint. NGC MS-62.
Lot 40396, SWITZERLAND. 100 Francs, 1925-B. NGC MS-64.
Lot 40559, GERMANY. Saxony. 2 Taler, 1733-FWOF. Dresden Mint. NGC MS-61.
Lot 40618, IRAN. Toman, AH 1301 (1884). NGC MS-63.
Lot 40703, NEW ZEALAND. "Waitangi" Proof Set, 1935. NGC PROOF-65 to PROOF-66.
Lot 40736, POLAND. Taler, 1792-MV. NGC AU-58.
Lot 40750, RUSSIA. 1 1/2 Ruble-10 Zlotych, 1836. “Family Ruble.” NGC Unc Details--Scratches.
Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is currently accepting consignments for the Official Auction of the November 2012 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo and the January 2013 N.Y.I.N.C. auction.
All lot descriptions and images in the August 2012 World’s Fair of Money sale can be viewed online at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website, www.stacksbowers.com. Printed catalogs are available upon request by calling 949.253.0916. Online bidding is open and pre-auction bids will be accepted at www.stacksbowers.com; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by phone at 949.253.0916; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by postal mail addressed to Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, ANA 2012, 1063 McGaw Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA, 92614. Interested bidders are also encouraged to view lots onsite in Philadelphia in August and bid in-person at the live auction, or live online through the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website. A complete auction and lot viewing schedule is available at www.stacksbowers.com or by calling 949.253.0916.
About Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio
Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the world and ancients auction division of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. It was founded in 1982 as Ponterio & Associates by Richard Ponterio, renowned specialist in world and ancient numismatics, who is now executive vice president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Past auctions have included such notable coin collections as the Wa She Wong Collection, the John S. Davenport Collection, the Witte Museum Collection, the Amat Collection, the Joe Lasser Collection, and the James Hunnicut Collection. Distinguished paper money collections include the East Bay Collection of International Bank Notes, and the Eduard Kann Chinese Bank Note Collection, along with treasure collections from the shipwrecks “Nicobar,” “Rooswijk,” and “Capitana.”
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