One of these coins is not really a coin. The silver 1812 Ceylon 2-rixdollar piece is real and carries an estimate of $15,000, but the 4-rixdollar piece below it is a modern forgery, and estimated at $500.
The 2-rixdollar piece was purchased from Meridian Coin Co. in February 1971. An example once owned by John J. Ford Jr. sold in a 2009 auction for a hammer price of approximately $26,000 in U.S. funds.
The 2-rixdollar piece is a companion to the 1-rixdollar coin offered in the lot before it.
Classical Numismatic Group, St. James’s Auctions and M. Louis Teller are jointly auctioning the Richard Lissner Collection of 2,900 coins in 2,200 lots, at the Chicago Marriot O’Hare. The collection features coins of the world, primarily base metal, silver and gold type coins of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Printed catalogs are available for $75 in the United States and $100 worldwide. A digital version may be viewed online at the auction website.
Two sessions, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., are scheduled daily on Aug. 1 and 2.
For more information, telephone the auction representative at 717-390-9194.