The following coins are just a few of the highlights in the upcoming
Stacks Bowers 2015 World Coins ANA Auction.
CZECHOSLOVAKIA. 10 Dukatu, 1936. NGC MS-63.
Lot: 30224 – Fr-4; KM-14. Mintage of only 633. Individual pieces typically remain in the same collection for many years, hence quite infrequently offered. PCGS has never seen one, while only seven have been graded at NGC, all in various mint state levels between MS-63 and MS-67. The piece offered has an abundance of rich satin luster, with a few light hairlines behind the horses tail being the only marks worthy of mention. The reverse die must have been wire-brushed at the mint, as fine raised vertical lines are evident when inspected with a loupe. A scarce and always in demand large diameter world gold issue from between the wars. Do not miss this opportunity to add it to your collection.
Estimate: $8,000.00 – $10,000.00
Possibly UNIQUE Trier Taler of Johann VII
LOT: 30337 – GERMANY. Trier. Taler, 1591. Johann VII (1581-99). NGC MS-62.
Dav-9923; MB-101. EXTREMELY RARE and possibly UNIQUE. The coin presented here is in exceptional condition, and likely the finest extant. The large silver Taler depicts Saint Peter striding left with the key to heaven on the obverse. On the reverse, a mitre atop the combined arms of Trier and Schönenberg. Struck under Johann von Schönenberg (Archbishop-Elector of Trier) at the height of the Trier witch trials and as such of extraordinary historic significance. A great admirer of the Jesuits and a leading figure in the counter-reformation, Johann von Schönenberg spearheaded the mass killing of three hundred sixty-eight in the cities and towns surrounding Trier, with perhaps as many as one thousand souls in the diocese as a whole eventually facing execution. Of the twenty-two villages near Trier purged of witches, two villages were left with only a single female survivor. No one was immune from the accusation of witchcraft and sorcery with a third of the victims coming from nobility, though special emphasis was directed towards Jews and Protestants. Much of the slaughter was driven purely from greed, as examiner and executioner alike prospered from seized property of the accused. From a very troubled time in Europe, the coin offered presents a terrific opportunity to own a piece of sixteenth century German cultural history, albeit dark and morose from any perspective.
Estimate: $25,000.00 – $35,000.00
GREAT BRITAIN. Noble, ND (ca. 1361-69). Edward III (1327-77). NGC MS-63.
Lot: 30351 – S-1502; N-1231; Fr-95. Struck during the treaty period (Treaty of Bretigni), with the Kingdom of France omitted from the legends. The era represented the zenith of British hegemony on the continent during the 100 years war, a time when King John (The Good) of France was held ransom. An historically significant piece that is essentially as-struck six hundred or more years later, and hence quite elusive. Museum quality in every respect, with terrific eye appeal and booming untoned brilliant luster.
Estimate: $7,500.00 – $9,000.00
EXTREMELY RARE 1824 25 Zlotych
Lot: 31106 – POLAND. 25 Zlotych, 1824-IB. Alexander I (1801-25). NGC AU-58. Fr-108; C-102a; Parchimowcz-1047; Bitkin-817 (R2); UDZ-4526. One at this grade, with one certified finer in 61. Across all grade levels, this is an EXTREMELY RARE date, the 1817 and 1818 being far and away the more common dates. Great luster with a some scattered light handling marks that tend to be accentuated by the semi proof-like fields. From a purely technical vantage point, superior to what the grade might suggest. Sharply struck and quite attractive.
Estimate: $30,000.00 – $35,000.00
Stunning 1858 Proof Ruble – Finest Certified
Lot: 31194 – RUSSIA. Ruble, 1858-CNBOB. Alexander II (1855-81). NGC PROOF-66 ULTRA CAMEO.C-168.1; Bit-48. Finest graded, and no doubt the finest in existence for the type. The kind of coin numismatic dreams are made of, in unequaled condition and of such spectacular beauty that it can only be described as seductive. Icy hard deep mirror proof fields and frosty razor-sharp details all through the legends and devices. The incuse treatment of the edge legends are just as impressive, deeply sunk without the slightest swelling of the surface metal. As close to perfection as one can get given the technology used to produce it, and meticulously preserved.
Estimate: $35,000.00 – $45,000.00