On 15 October, Éditions Victor Gadoury will hold their traditional autumn coin auction sale. There is a wealth of high-quality coin rarities on offer – from ancient to modern times. A special focus is on France and Italy, as well as on world gold coins from every time period.
On 15 October 2022, it’s time to look to Monaco as Éditions Victor Gadoury will hold their auction sale. 979 lots with world coins and medals from ancient times to the 20th century are waiting to find new owners. Estimates start in the three-digit range. But Gadoury wouldn’t be Gadoury if there weren’t numerous issues with estimates in the five- and six-digit range to choose from, too.
For all those who cannot travel to Monaco in October, Gadoury had almost all coins graded by NGC. Therefore, you will encounter many coins described as “Top Pop” in the auction catalogue, which means that there are no specimens of this issue that were given a higher NGC grade.
You can find the catalogue online at auction.gadoury.com, www.sixbid.com and www.numisbids.com. And you can bid LIVE via www.biddr.ch
The coin auction focuses on Italy – with another part of the royal collection with coins from the House of Savoy – France and Great Britain. But collectors of ancient and Habsburg coins as well as of specimens from the German states should also take a close look at the catalogue.
The auction starts with about 100 ancient coins – Greek, Celtic, Roman, Byzantine issues and specimens from the Migration Period – including many gold coins. Especially among the Roman aurei from the Republic to the Tetrarchy, there are many pieces of excellent provenance that goes back many decades.
Lot 34: Roman imperial period. Augustus. Aureus, 15-13 BCE. From the Conte Alessandro Magnaguti Collection, Santamaria auction (October 1949), No. 405 and the Biaggi as well as Schulman Vault Collections. NGC AU 5/5, 4/5. Estimate: 20,000 euros. Diameter: 19mm
Lot 35: Roman imperial period. Augustus. Aureus, 19 BCE. From the Ponton d’Amecourt Collection, Rollin & Feuardent auction (April 1887), No. 78. Extremely rare. NGC Choice VG 5/5, 2/5 edge filing. Estimate: 10,000 euros. Diameter: 20m
Lot 77: Roman imperial period. Elagabalus, 218-222. Aureus, 218-219. From the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Collection, NFA 1 (1975), No. 382 and the Collection of a Perfectionist, Leu 93 (2005), No. 78. NGC MS 5/5, 4/5. Estimate: 30,000 euros. Diameter: 21mm
A good example for this are two aurei of Augustus. One of them entered the market for the first time in 1949 as part of the collection of Count Alessandro Magnaguti, the other one is from the Ponton d’Amecourt Collection, which was sold by Rollin & Feuardent in 1887.
The exquisite aureus of Elagabalus, first offered in 1975 in NFA’s first sale, was once part of the coin collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, which was auctioned off at the time.
Lot 11: Greeks / Lydia. Croesus, 561-546 BCE. Gold stater, light series, Sardis. NGC Choice AU 4/5, 5/5. Estimate: 15,000 euros. Diameter: 18mm
After a small, interesting selection of coins from Monaco – Gadoury is, after all, “the” specialist in this field – there are more than 850 lots with world coins. The material is incredibly diverse and varied, which is probably best illustrated by the fact that the offer includes specimens from as many as 50 nations. So there’s something for everyone!
Lot 538: Hungary / Transylvania. Stephan Bocskai, 1604-1606. 10 ducats 1604, unknown mint (Nagybanya). NGC MS 61. Estimate: 70,000 euros. Diameter: 41mm
For connoisseurs and investors, there are many precious items to discover. For example a 10-fold ducat of Stephan Bocskai, who was appointed Prince of Transylvania in 1605. The reverse shows an arm in armour, holding a sword with a ribbon wrapped around it.
The ribbon reads in Latin “for God and Fatherland”. In fact, the Protestant Bocskai united various groups under his banner that demanded religious freedom as well as independence from the Habsburgs. For them, he quoted a slightly shortened version of a motto by Horace on the coin: It is sweet and honourable to die for one’s fatherland.
Lot 857: Russia. Elizabeth I, 1741-1762. 10 roubles, 1756 St. Petersburg. NGC AU58. Estimate: 30,000 euros. Diameter: 31mm
Lot 858: Russia. Peter III, 1762. 10 roubles, 1762 St. Petersburg. Very rare. NGC AU53. Estimate: 20,000 euros. Diameter: 31mm
Lot 887: Switzerland / Bern. 4 ducats, Bern 1825. NGC MS65+. Top Pop. Estimate: 40,000 euros. Diameter: 34mm
Lot 953: USA. 20 dollars, 1927 San Francisco. PCGS MS63. Estimate: 10,000 euros. Diameter: 34mm
Lot 339: France. Napoleon, Consulate, 1799-1804. Gold medal on the occasion of naming the Quai Desaix after the deceased general Louis Charles Antoine Desaix. From the Dr. F. Collection. NGC MS63. Estimate: 30,000 euros. Diameter: 42mm
A good example comes from the extensive section of coins and medals of Napoleon that are on offer in Gadoury’s auction sale. The highlight is a gold medal from Napoleon’s time as First Consul. It was dedicated to General Desaix, who was killed on 14 June 1800 in the Battle of Marengo, after securing Napoleon’s victory over Austria.
Napoleon dedicated numerous tributes to his late comrade, and also named a Paris quay after him. This medal commemorates it. Today, by the way, there is no Quai Desaix in Paris anymore. It was renamed Quai Branly.
Lot 374: France. Henri V, pretender to the throne from 1830 to 1883. Gold essai piéfort of 5 francs, 1832 Paris. Extremely rare. NGC PF65 ULTRA CAMEO. Top Pop. Estimate: 100,000 euros. Diameter: 37mm
The most expensive piece in the French section is of extreme rarity and of utmost historical importance. The pattern shows Henri V, a French king who never reigned.
Henri V was the grandson of Charles X, who abdicated in his favour as a result of the July Revolution on 2 August 1830. Henri, who was not even 10 years old at the time, was the son of Charles X’s second eldest son, who had been assassinated in 1820.
After the Citizen King took power, he was taken to Prague where he was raised by Jesuits. After a few years in Great Britain, Henri V settled Gorizia, today in Italy, and ran a royal household in exile with his private fortune – up to his death, he would never give up the claim to the French throne.
Gadoury is proud of being able to offer an extremely rare gold essai piéfort of the never issued 5-franc piece featuring the portrait of young Henri, a specimen that is the most beautiful piece of this coin type that NGC ever graded.
Lot 393: France. Second Empire, 1852-1870. Pattern of 100 francs, 1855 Paris. Only two specimens known. NGC SP62. Estimate: 50,000 euros. Diameter: 35mm
Of almost even greater numismatic importance is the pattern for the gold 100-franc piece of 1855 minted in Paris. Only two pieces of this coin type are known to experts. This pattern testifies to the development of one of the most important gold coins of the 19th/20th centuries.
The French 100-franc piece was first issued in 1855. It was to become of utmost economic importance. After all, merchants did not only use this coin to pay in their own country but also in all surrounding territories. This led to the fact that the Latin Monetary Union was to issue its coins according to the French standard one decade later.
Lot 261: France / Aquitaine. Edward IV, the Black Prince, 1362-1372. Pavillon d’or à la rose, 1st issue, undated (1362-1372), B, Bordeaux. NGC MS65. Top Pop. Estimate: 15,000 euros. Diameter: 32mm
Lot 308: France. Louis XIV, 1643-1715. Gold medal of the chamber of commerce of Rouen, 1703. From the Dr. F. Collection. NGC MS60. Estimate: 30,000 euros. Diameter: 41mm
Lot 310: France. Louis XV, 1715-1774. Gold pattern for the écu au bandeau, 1740, Paris. From the Dr. F. Collection. NGC PROOF 62 DEEP CAMEO. Top Pop. Estimate: 80,000 euros. Diameter: 42mm
Lot 423: France. Third Republic. 100 francs, 1889 Paris. From the Dr. F. Collection. Only 100 specimens known. NGC PROOF 63 CAMEO. Top Pop. Estimate: 70,000 euros. Diameter: 35mm
More than 60 lots with coins from Great Britain are part of Gadoury’s 2022 autumn auction. Here, too, connoisseurs will encounter great rarities such as a gold essai for the 20-shilling piece of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, or several of the popular 5-guinea pieces including two by William III, one of Queen Anne and two of George II.
Lot 506: Great Britain. William IV, 1830-1837. Gold pattern for the crown, 5 pounds, 1831, smooth edge. Av. by William Wyon. Rv. by Jean-Baptiste Merlen. Only 6 to 10 specimens known. Minuscule hairlines in the field, averse slightly touched. Otherwise extremely fine. Estimate: 200,000 euros. Diameter: 38mm
At 200,000 euros, the lot with the highest estimate of the entire auction isn’t a 5-guinea coin but a pattern for a 5-pound coin whose portrait was created by the great engraver William Wyon in 1831. Only about 6 to 10 specimens are known of this show piece.
Lot 484: Great Britain. Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector 1653-1658. Gold pattern of 20 shillings with reeded edge, 1656. NGC MS63+ PL. Estimate: 30,000 euros. Diameter: 29mm
Lot 487: Great Britain. William III, 1689-1702. 5 guineas, 1701. NGC AU58. Estimate: 20,000 euros. Diameter: 38mm
More than 250 lots with coins and medals of the Italian states and the House of Savoy are on offer at Gadoury. And that’s no surprise – after all, Italy is another of Gadoury’s specialties. Those interested in the iconic coinage of Venice can look forward to some special highlights including the first ducat minted by Giovanni Dandolo and a ducat of Nicolò Tron, who was highly controversial in Venice.
Lot 662: Italy / Venice. Giovanni Dandolo, 1280-1289. Zecchino. Extremely rare. NGC MS63. Top Pop. Estimate: 20,000 euros. The first ducat minted in Venice. Diameter: 20mm
Lot 676: Italy / Venice. Alvise III Mocenigo, 1722-1732. Osella da 4 zecchini, year VI (= 1727). Very rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 15,000 euros. Diameter: 35mm
Of particular interest is an osella of 4 zecchini issued by Alvise III. This doge, who made a career for himself fighting the Turks, was able to enjoy a calm reign since he was part of the delegation that concluded the Treaty of Passarowitz with the Turks in 1718.
Lot 781: Italy / Kingdom. Victor Emmanuel III, 1900-1946. 100 lire, emissione per numismatici, 1926 Rome. From the royal collection of the House of Savoy. Only 40 specimens minted. NGC MS64. Estimate: 100,000 euros. Diameter: 35mm
Lot 784: Italy / Kingdom. Victor Emmanuel III, 1900-1946. 100 lire littore, second type. 1940, Rome. Never issued! Extremely rare. Cleaning marks, otherwise FDC. Estimate: 100,000 euros. Diameter: 21mm
Lot 785: Italy / Kingdom. Victor Emmanuel III, 1900-1946. Gold pattern of 50 lire 1911. Extremely rare. NGC MS64. Estimate: 25,000 euros. Diameter: 28mm
Lot 796: Italy / Kingdom. Victor Emmanuel III, 1900-1946. First pattern for the 5-lire piece, 1913 Rome. Extremely rare. NGC MS64. Top Pop. Estimate: 50,000 euros. Diameter: 37mm
A wealth of highly important coins comes from another part of the royal coin collection of the House of Savoy. Once again, the time frame comprises issues from the Middle Ages to the end of the dynasty. In addition, there are some patterns for Italian post-war circulation coins.
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As examples for the offer, we present three very special pieces.
The first one is a 100-lire gold coin of which as few as 40 specimens were produced in 1926, exclusively for coin collectors.
The second lot is a 1940 gold coin that was never issued.
The third rarity is a pattern for the 50-lire piece of 1911.
There are two varieties of this pattern, one without an additional inscription and a second one – which is much rarer – including the reverse inscription PROVA. The second one is the piece on offer at Gadoury.
How To Bid
You can order the catalogue at Éditions Victor Gadoury, 57, rue Grimaldi, 98000 Monaco; phone: +377 93 25 12 96; fax: +377 93 50 13 39; email: [email protected].