Heritage April 2011 CICF Auction Features World and Ancient Coins

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Heritage Auctions’ Rosemont Signature® World and Ancient Coins Auction, presented in conjunction with the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), April 15-18, 2011, features a wide array of international numismatic rare coins.

Chinese Empire silver Pattern dollar

Heritage April 2011 CICF Auction World and Ancient Coin Highlight: Empire. Hsuan Tung Year 3 (1911) silver Pattern Dollar, Central Mint at Tientsin, Reversed Dragon, Incuse veins on leaves, KM-Pn308, Kann 225, L&M 32, MS61 NGC. Boldly struck, with milky toning over prooflike fields. An extremely rare pattern issue, and the first we have seen of this type. Quite a bit rarer than most of the similar types that appear much more frequently. Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000.

Examples of the April 2011 CICF Auction include Chinese, Polish, Russian, Australian and South American coins, and the highly specialized Dana Roberts Collection of Latin American coins. Dozens of coins than have not been offered at auction in decades.

"We are excited to offer the largest selection of Chinese coins Heritage has ever presented with more than 500 coins," said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Vice President of International Numismatics at Heritage. "One of our favorite coins in the CICF auction is a spectacular Chinese Empire silver Pattern dollar, Hsuan Year 3 (1911) that we expect to bring in excess of $50,000."

A Honduran Republic gold 10 Pesos 1889, KM58, AU58 NGC, a superb example of this extremely rare and classic Central American coin, is expected to bring $65,000+.

Honduras, Republic gold 10 Pesos 1889

Heritage April 2011 CICF Auction World and Ancient Coin Highlight: Republic gold 10 Pesos 1889, KM58, AU58 NGC, a superb example of this extremely rare type with abundant mint luster and surprisingly sharp design details for this era in Honduran coinage. The 10 Pesos is only known for two dates - 1883 and 1889 - and the 1889 is by far the rarer of the two. The XF45 specimen in the Eliasberg Sale brought $74,750. A wonderful coin and a classic Central American gold rarity. Estimate: $65,000 - $75,000.

"The 10 Pesos is only known for two dates, 1883 and 1889," said Warren Tucker, Vice President of World Coins at Heritage, "and the 1889 is by far the rarer of the two. The XF45 specimen in the Eliasberg sale brought $74,750, so we’re all very curious to see how collectors value this superb example."

A trio of far flung rarities all check-in for the auction with estimates of $30,000+, with an Australian George V 1934 Proof penny KM23, Proof 64 BN PCGS, just one of 100 known, the first among equals in this instance.

Extremely Rare 1934 Proof Penny

Heritage April 2011 CICF Auction World and Ancient Coin Highlight: Heritage April 2011 CICF Auction World and Ancient Coin Highlight: George V Penny 1934, KM23, Proof 64 BN PCGS, a superb coin with glossy reflective surfaces. The obverse is toned with flashes of blue-green and magenta patina while the reverse displays considerable mint red. Very rare with a mintage of 100. Krause catalog price(s) for this item: $1.5 in VF, $20 in EF, $140 in UNC, $220 in BU. Estimate: $30,000 - $35,000.

The George V penny is followed by a stunningly beautiful Brazilian Joao V gold 3200 Reis 1749R, KM155, Fr-47, MS65 NGC, one of the two of this type that sit atop the entire known 3200-strong census of these rare coins, while an intriguing and seductively dark Russian Nicholas I Novodel 1-1/2 Family Rouble 1836, in which the clearly visible diagnostic break between 4 and 5 o’clock denotes that this piece is the uncommon Novodel issue, making it an attractive coin indeed to collectors of Russian rarities.

Brazil, Joao V gold 3200 Reis 1749R

Heritage April 2011 CICF Auction World and Ancient Coin Highlight: Joao V gold 3200 Reis 1749R, KM155, Fr-47, MS65 NGC, fully brilliant with sharp details and light original toning. Very rare type in this stunning quality. Together with lot #23204 in our last NYINC auction, a 3200 Reis of 1756R also in MS65, this coin sit atop all of 3200 Reis in existence as the highest condition specimen. Krause catalog price(s) for this item: $1800 in VF, $3600 in EF. Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000.

Further April 2011 CICF Auction rarities of world and ancient coins include, but are not limited to:

Visit Heritages’ World and Ancient Coins Auction website section for additional offerings.

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