IRVINE, Calif. – Join 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.
Session A will take place on Wednesday, August 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and is comprised of world paper money and ancient coins. A nice run of Australian notes is highlighted by an incredible 1918 Commonwealth of Australia 10 Shillings note graded Very Fine 30 EPQ by PMG. Canadian notes feature a beautiful 1935 Bank of Canada $25 note graded PCGS Choice About New 58 as lot 20081, and the section of Danish West Indies notes showcases a 1905 Danish West Indies National Bank 10 Francs graded Very Fine 30 EPQ by PMG.
The section of ancient coins is punctuated by several important rarities, like the beautiful Extremely Fine gold Distater of Alexander the Great, the largest gold issue of that ruler. Sassanian gold offers a nice group of Dinars, including an extremely rare example of Ardashir I that is boldly detailed in Very Fine condition, and ancient Egyptian coinage boasts a lovely Ptolemy IV gold Octodrachm in Extremely Fine. Among Roman Imperial coinage, highlights include a lustrous and very choice Septimus Severus gold Aureus in Nearly Mint State and a very rare gold Quinarius of Probus graded Good Very Fine.
Session B will take place on Friday, August 10 beginning at 10:00 AM and will cover world gold coins, crowns, and minors. Gold issues feature a lovely example of the very rare Australian 1852 Adelaide Pound. Historically significant as the first Australian coin produced in Australia from Australian ore, this important coin is graded MS-63+ by PCGS. A large selection of British rarities showcases a high grade Oxford mint Triple Unite, a well struck coin with attractive and original surfaces in PCGS AU-58. 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.
Eastern European rarities are highlighted by an incredible early 18th century Polish silver tankard that is inlaid with 17 Talers and Klippes struck at Elbing before or during the reign of John Casimir (1649-1668). The coins are Polish Talers, save for three Talers of the Swedish possessions in the region, and all are very rare issues. Other Polish rarities include lot 40727, a choice 1586 Lithuania Taler of Stephen Bathory graded MS-64 by NGC. Russian coins feature an NGC Unc Details example of the low-mintage 1836 “Family Ruble” from the Demarete Collection, as well as an 1841 Marriage Ruble housed in a PCGS AU-58 holder.
Highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2012 World’s Fair of Money sale include:
- Lot 20085, COSTA RICA. Banco Internacional de Costa Rica. 2 Colones, 5.8.1936. P-167. PMG About Uncirculated 55 EPQ.
- Lot 20178, INDONESIA. Bank Indonesia. 5 to 5,000 Rupiah, ND (1957). 49s to 54As. Uncirculated.
- Lot 20287, PALESTINE. Palestine Currency Board. 10 Pounds, 1.1.1944. P-9d. PMG Extremely Fine 40.
- Lot 20421, THESSALY. Larissa. AR Distater (12.24 gms), ca. 395-345 B.C. Choice Extremely Fine.
- Lot 20465, SASSANIAN EMPIRE. Shahpur II, 309-379 A.D. AV Dinar (6.78 gms), Struck ca. 309-20 A.D. Nearly Extremely Fine.
- Lot 20488, NERO, A.D. 54-68. AV Aureus (7.54 gms.), Rome Mint, October-December 54 A.D. Very Fine.
- 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 40390, SPANISH COLONIAL. Gold Bar Recovered from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, Sank September 6, 1622. Extremely Fine.
- 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 40747, RUSSIA. Albertus Ruble, 1796-BM. PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder.
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.”
For more information about the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2012 World’s Fair of Money auction, call 949.253.0916 or visit www.stacksbowers.com. For media inquiries, contact Kris Briggs, marketing manager.