legendary Pittman-Krause 1936 Canadian Dot Cent, the most famous
coin in Canadian numismatics and one of just three known —and indeed
one of the most famous coins in the world — is expected to bring more
than $250,000 when it crosses the auction block as the feature lot in
Heritage Auctions' April
18-23 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature® Auction at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL.
1936 Dot Cent, graded MS63 Red by PCGS, is far and away the most
famous of the three known Dot cents, having been stolen from the
Pittman home in 1964 and later returned (with scratches in the right
obverse field) in an envelope with other coins. It's being offered as
part of the excellent Nikita Collection of Canadian Coins.
While the Dot Cent is the star of the auction, collectors will
find international numismatic treasures from all over the world, and
from across the epochs, to satisfy most every collecting taste.
An exceedingly rare Nicholas
I platinum 12 Roubles 1835 CПБ AU55 NGC (estimate: $80,000+) is
one of the coins creating a significant amount of pre-auction buzz.
The minting of platinum 12 Roubles began in 1830 and ended in 1845
when all platinum coins were recalled and melted.
The main anchor collection of the auction is the RLM
Collection of Brazilian Gold, featuring 131 gold coins,
including coins from Portuguese kings Pedro II and Joao V. The latter
is represented by a stunning 1729
Joao V gold 12800 Reis, AU Details NGC, Second Shield Type,
which should bring in excess of $60,000+.
"This is simply and outstanding Dobra from the Bahia Mint and
an incredibly rare coin," said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Vice
President of International Numismatics at Heritage.. "1729 is the
rarest of the three dates of these coins and an extremely elusive
issue overall. Heritage has only sold one of these before, and it was
an uncertified example."
1732 Felipe V Pillar 8 Reales, Mo-F, AU58 PCGS — the first
Pillar Dollar produced — is also drawing significant collector
interest and should bring in excess of $50,000+, while a superb 1740
French Louis XV Essai gold Ecu au bandeau, AU Details, one of
the rarest French issues known, is expected to bring $30,000+. An 1818
Maximilian I Josef Pattern Taler in gold, Proof 62 Cameo PCGS, a
spectacular gold Bavarian pattern coin, carries an equal $30,000+ estimate.
The Ancient coins section of the auction features an impressive
array, including a superlative Chalcidian
League Tetradrachm, circa 390 BC, from the short-lived defensive
coalition of the free cities of the Chalcidice in ancient Greece, who
banded together to ward off Athenian and Macedonian imperialism of the
time. The coalition fell to Macedon on 348 BC and now, more than 2,360
years later, a coin from the time should bring more than $12,000 at auction.