Estimate price: 1,250€Lycia. Undefined Dynast. Stater, around 480 B. C.
unknown mint. Rare. Fine toning, weakly struck,
extremely fine. Ex Sayar Collection.
Spring Auction Sales 402-40643
Estimate price: 1,250€Lycia. Kherei. Stater, 430/410 B. C. Telmessos. Rare.
Extremely fine. Ex Sayar Collection.
Spring Auction Sales 402-406164
Estimate price: 20,000€Sicilia. Syracuse. Dekadrachm, 405/400 B. C., specimen
by the master engraver Kimon, unsigned.
Extremely rare. Fine patina, tiny scratches, good very fine.
Spring Auction Sales 402-406585
Estimate price: 40,000€Roman Empire. Hadrianus, 117-138 for Aelius. Aureus,
137, Rome. Rare in this condition. Attractive piece with
perfect centering, tiny flan defect, extremely fine.
Spring Auction Sales 402-406890
Estimate price: 10,000€German States. City of Regensburg. 2 Ducats n. d. (1742),
with the titel of Karl VII. Extremely rare. Attractive piece.
Extremely fine-uncirculated.
Spring Auction Sales 402-4063209
Estimate price: 10,000€German States. City of Regensburg. Thick, double Reichstaler
n. d. (around 1742), with the titel of Karl VII. Extremely rare.
Attractive piece with nice patina, extremely fine.
Spring Auction Sales 402-4063217
Estimate price: 25,000€Holy Roman Empire. Ferdinand II, 1592-1618-1637.
5 Ducats 1636, Prague. Extremely rare. S
lightly bent, very fine-extremely fine.
Spring Auction Sales 402-4063821
Estimate price: 15,000€German States. Bavaria. Ludwig I., 1825-1848. Gold struck
from the die of a Double gulden. Of the highest rarity.
Attractive piece with fine golden toning. NGC MS63+.
Spring Auction Sales 402-4063949
Estimate price: 20,000€German States. Saxony. Friedrich August I., 1694-1733
(August der Starke). 2 Ducats 1695, Dresden.
Extremely rare. Attractive piece, min. bent, extremely fine.
Spring Auction Sales 402-4064054
Estimate price: 75,000€German States. Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Julius, 1568-1589.
Löser (multiple taler) Heinrichstadt (Wolfenbüttel),
Extremely rare. Very attractive piece, extremely fine.
Spring Auction Sales 402-4064144

Charles II “Petition” Crown brings Record $960,000 at Heritage’s NYINC Auction

Heritage Auctions

NYINC Signature Auction

Coins

16-18 January 2024

US-New York

The second-highest-graded “Petition” Crown sold for a record $960,000 to lead Heritage’s January 8 NYINC Platinum Session World & Ancient Coins Signature® Auction to $12,154,981. The result, coupled with the $3,829,532 NYINC World Coins Signature® Auction January 16-18, boosted the combined total of the events to $15,984,513.

“The results in this auction reinforce Heritage’s position as the world’s leading auctioneer of British coins,” says Cris Bierrenbach, Executive Vice President of International Numismatics at Heritage Auctions, “consistently selling more British coins than even the major auction firms that are based in the United Kingdom, many of which have a history that is decades or even centuries longer than Heritage’s.”

Lot 31155: Great Britain. Charles II silver Pattern “Petition” Crown 1663 MS62 NGC. The Third-Highest Graded “Petition” Crown by Thomas Simon. Result: $960,000.

Lot 31155: Great Britain. Charles II silver Pattern “Petition” Crown 1663 MS62 NGC. The Third-Highest Graded “Petition” Crown by Thomas Simon. Result: $960,000.

The result for the Charles II silver Pattern “Petition” Crown 1663 MS62 NGC smashed the previous world record for the coin, and was the most ever paid for any British silver coin. It was engraved by Thomas Simon, one of the most celebrated medalists and engravers of 17th-century England. This magnificent example is one of fewer than 20 known examples – seven of which are housed in public institutions and museums.

Lot 31139: Great Britain. Henry III (1216-1272) gold Penny of 20 Pence ND (c. 1257) UNC Details (Bent) NGC. Result: $504,000.

Lot 31139: Great Britain. Henry III (1216-1272) gold Penny of 20 Pence ND (c. 1257) UNC Details (Bent) NGC. Result: $504,000.

Another British treasure that thrived in the auction was a Henry III (1216-1272) gold Penny of 20 Pence ND (c. 1257) UNC Details (Bent) NGC that closed at $504,000. This beauty is one of just four examples in private hands, and only the second ever handled at Heritage Auctions. It was proposed by British numismatist Sir John Evans to be the “true” first portrait of an English king on the coinage prior to the Tudor issues inaugurated by Henry VII.

The auction’s top lot was not the lone record set in the event. An Anne gold 5 Guineas 1706 MS63 PCGS more than doubled its low pre-auction estimate when it brought in a winning – and record-setting – bid of $408,000. This coin is the sole finest pre-Union issue and one of only two Anne 5 Guineas across both grading services to receive a full Choice Mint State designation.

Lot 31252: Romania. Carol I gold Proof Pattern 20 Lei 1868 PR62 Ultra Cameo NGC. Result: $336,000.

Lot 31252: Romania. Carol I gold Proof Pattern 20 Lei 1868 PR62 Ultra Cameo NGC. Result: $336,000.

An eastern European prize that exceeded all expectations was a Carol I gold Proof Pattern 20 Lei 1868 PR62 Ultra Cameo NGC that nearly tripled its high pre-auction estimate when it sold for $336,000 – a result that established another world record. This magnificent coin is the only graded example in the NGC census of what is considered the key rarity to the Romanian series. It has been suggested that Carol deposited about 50 pieces at the foundation of the Peles Castle, and gave the rest to his Government minsters and his personal friends.

An exceptionally rare Nicholas II gold Specimen 1/2 Imperial of 5 Roubles 1895-AГ SP62 PCGS reached $264,000. From a reported mintage of just 36 pieces, it is a beautiful and historically significant Specimen one of the true rarities of the later Russian imperial series. This offering is tied with one other in the PCGS census as the sole graded Specimen examples, while NGC lists three MS and one MS Deep Prooflike in its graded population.

Reaching the same $264,000 was a gorgeous Victoria gold Proof Pattern Crown (5 Shillings) 1887 PR65+ Ultra Cameo NGC. It is among the most distinct series of British Patterns, distinguished by the unique three-quarters facing bust of a mature Victoria that make these instantly recognizable.

Other top lots in the Platinum Session included, but were not limited to:

  • A Dutch Colony. Willem gold Specimen Gulden 1839 SP62 PCGS – one of two known off-metal N.E.I. gulden: $240,000
  • A George III silver Proof Pattern “Three Graces” Crown 1817 PR63 Cameo NGC: $210,000
  • A Nicholas I gold Pattern 10 Roubles 1836-CПБ MS62 NGC: $204,000

Another record was set when an exceedingly rare Alexander (AD 912-913). AV solidus (22mm, 4.42 gm, 6h). NGC AU 5/5 – 3/5 more than tripled its high pre-auction estimate when it sold for $90,000.

Atop the Signature Session was a Franz Joseph I gold Proof “Lady in the Clouds” 100 Corona 1908 PR62 Cameo NGC that drew a winning bid of $33,600.

A British George II gold Guinea 1745 AU58 NGC tripled its pre-auction estimate when it ended at $30,000, while a high-grade USA Administration 7-Piece Certified Proof Set 1905 PCGS – including a Peso PR66, KM168; a 50 Centavos PR67, KM167; a 20 Centavos PR66, KM166; a 10 Centavos PR67, KM165; a 5 Centavos PR66, KM164; a Centavo PR65 Brown, KM163 and a 1/2 Centavo PR66 Brown, KM162 – reached $26,400.

Lot 30016: Ancients. Zeugitana. Carthage. Ca. 270-260 BC. AV trihemistater. NGC AU 5/5 – 4/5, Fine Style. Result: $60,000.

Lot 30016: Ancients. Zeugitana. Carthage. Ca. 270-260 BC. AV trihemistater. NGC AU 5/5 – 4/5, Fine Style. Result: $60,000.

Ancient Coins

The ancient coins in the auction included the Wetmore Collection of Gold and Electrum – a carefully curated trove of 74 coins, each embodying a unique blend of history and artistry. Leading the collection was a Zeugitana. Fine Style Carthage. Ca. 270-260 BC. AV trihemistater, a large gold piece from the Phoenician colony of Carthage, on the coast of North Africa, that sold for $60,000.

Other top ancient coins in the auction included, but were not limited to:

  • A Claudius I (AD 41-54). AV aureus NGC XF 5/5 – 4/5, light marks: $55,200
  • A Macedonian Kingdom. Philip II (359-336 BC). AV stater NGC Choice MS 5/5 – 5/5, Fine Style: $49,200
  • A Ptolemaic Egypt. Arsinöe II Philadelphus (277-270/268 BC). AV mnaieion or octodrachm NGC MS 5/5 – 4/5, brushed: $38,400
  • A Domitian, as Caesar (AD 81-96). AV aureus NGC Choice AU 5/5 – 4/5, Fine Style: $33,600
  • A Lydian Kingdom. Croesus (561-546 BC). AV stater NGC MS 5/5 – 3/5, light scuffs: $33,600