A collection of coins being offered at auction in Chicago Aug. 1 and 2 is notable for its breadth of coins that are rare in high grades.
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. The auction offers examples of coins from more than 100 countries, with concentrations from Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Haiti, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Sweden, and Spain.
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The collection features common coins in uncommonly high grades, as well as some uncommon coins in uncommonly high grades.
Many of the coins are estimated at $500 or less, but in some respects, it is a collection where the rarity in such high grades may render those estimates moot. Bids on some examples in popular areas like Indian and Asian coins have already reached multiples of the estimates after just a few days of bidding.
All of the coins were submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corp. for grading, and the Lissner pedigree is included on the certificate inside the holder.
Some of the coins have received designation from World Identification and Numismatic Grading Service (WINGS), which applies gold stickers on those coins that meet the firm’s “standard of excellence.”
According to the auction firms, Lissner was “an American connoisseur” who assembled his collection over more than 40 years, focusing on “exceptional quality, rarity, and pedigree.” The collection has an estimate totaling more than $2 million.
On Aug. 1, coins of the world (excluding the New World) will be sold, with coins of the New World offered Aug. 2.
A number of interesting, historical and important coins are offered in the sale. Here we highlight three coins from colonial efforts around the globe, representing multiple price points.