Rare gold from around the world led the way as the Heritage
Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction realized over $11.8
million overall January 6-7 in New York. All prices include a 17.5%
Taking top honors in this auction was a pattern
gold Crown struck for Queen Victoria, graded Proof 64 Ultra
Cameo, which sold for $235,000. This ultra-rare, undated piece was
struck in 1887 in Nuremberg, Germany. The obverse was patterned after
the famous William Wyon young head portrait of Victoria, while the
reverse devices include the Order of the Garter crest supported by a
crowned lion and a unicorn in chains. The designer of this piece is
unverified, as the artist did not sign the dies for this piece.
Gold ingots from Brazil are extremely rare in private hands, and
those with the original certificate, the Guia doubly so. ABrazilian
ingot of Serro Frio, 1832, one of only 6-8 surviving ingots
with Guia, sold for $188,000 in New York. This piece boasts a
pedigree going back over 100 years and was likely one of the last such
ingots struck, as research done by prominent Brazilian numismatist
Kurt Prober lists a single 1833 example. The vast majority of
Brazilian ingots reside in museums and institutions. Another Brazilian
one from Goias 1821, sold for $99,875.
A gold rarity from Bohemia, the 1629-HG
Ferdinand III 12 Ducats from the Glatz mint, brought an
outstanding price of $129,250. This magnificent double-taler sized
rarity, graded MS52, is so rare that Heritage catalogers were unable
to find a record of a similar piece previously selling at auction.
Heritage’s January numismatic auctions continue through January
16. Overall, these auctions are expected to exceed $70 million in
sales, getting the new year off to a fast start.