Finest Known Pond to Hit Block at NYINC|
December 21, 2011
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The finest known 1892 South African Republic gold proof pond is expected to bring in excess of $300,000 as one of the main highlights of Heritage Auctions’ Jan. 2-3 official sale of the New York International Numismatic Convention at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Graded Prf-65 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, the 1-pond coin is the best of just 10 like pieces known to have been minted.
“This marvelous proof pond, from The Orange River Collection, is an especially well-preserved piece of this fabled mintage,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, executive vice president of Heritage. “It’s also the finest possible rendering of the artist’s original conception for the coinage. There’s no doubt that this is one of the most important of all classic South African coins and just a truly superlative rarity.”
Heritage’s gathering of more than 5,200 lots is a showcase of important coins from all over the world and is specifically designed to appeal to all levels of collector.
The Orange River Collection is the centerpiece of an exciting section of South Africa coinage. It is a small group of 18 coins that includes the proof pond, as well as an 1892 proof half-pond graded Prf-64 Cameo by NGC. Also included from South Africa are both varieties of the 1874 Burgers pond (AU-55 Coarse Beard and MS-64 Fine Beard) and a triple offering of the 1892 proof crown.
The auction begins on Jan. 2 with a selection of ancient coins, highlighted by a likely unique gold aureus of the young Roman emperor Philip II that reveals a heretofore unknown reverse type, according to Heritage. Students of early British coinages will battle over a run of high quality gold staters of Celtic Britain, including a Catuvellauni-Trinovantes, Cunobelin, AV quarter-stater. Another rarity is a large gold mnaieion of the Ptolemaic Queen Berenice II from the Ephesus mint, one of fewer than 10 known.
A total of 130 countries and territories are represented in this auction. A group of Australian coins includes the Adelaide pound, a 1923 George V half penny, two specimens of the Kookaburra penny patterns and a group of sovereigns. Some 350 selections from China include many silver dollars and some minors.
For full details of the sale, visit Heritage online at www.ha.com.
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