Heritage-NYINC Signature Auction of Ancient & World Coins Nears $4.5 Million in New York City Event Heritage Auction Galleries presented one of their most successful Signature Auctions of ancient and world coins at the New York International Numismatic Convention, held in New York on Jan. 6-7.
Lot 50764: China, People's Republic, 1992 Gold Kilo 2000 Yuan, Lunar series, Gem Proof, KM-Y702. Only 20 of these impressively large coins were minted, and this is #10. This is one of the true rarities in modern Chinese numismatics.
Lot 52084: Poland, Republic 1989 gold 200000 Zlotych, KM-Y190, Friedberg 141, gem cameo Proof. Presented in the original wooden box of issue, the mintage is listed on the COA as 200. A huge and highly attractive issue honoring Pope John Paul II.
Lot 50772: China, People's Republic. 2005 Gold Kilo Panda 10,000 Yuan, Gem Proof. Unlisted in Krause; housed in the original presentation case, with certificates. This is number 74 of a mintage of 100 pieces.
Lot 50994: French Cochin China, French Colonial Essai Piastre 1879A, KM-E12, MS65 ANACS. This very rare pattern is one of the most elusive rarities of the world trade dollar series. ESSAI above PIASTRE and A mintmark below COMMERCE.
Lot 51301: Great Britain, George III pattern £2, 1820, S-3784, WR-179, engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci, his initials appearing to the far right in the reverse exergue, Proof. Features raised lettered edge reading "DECUS ET TUTAMEN. ANNO REGNI LX.", the stops being tiny cinquefoils. Beautiful proof details are complete to the tiniest design feature. Few coins of any time or issuer are rarer or more beautifully conceived and designed than this prototype for later gold coins of this denomination (none were made during the reign of George III). Made on steam-driven coinage presses purchased by the Crown from Boulton and Watt's manufactory at Birmingham, the former Soho Mint, which did much coinage contracting for the Crown and others in the previous century.
Lot 52083: Poland, Republic. 1987 gold Proof Set, KM168-171, Friedberg 132-135, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10000 Zlotych, all gem cameo Proof. In the original wooden box of issue with COA, the designs feature Pope John Paul II facing left. The mintage listed in the SCWC for each type is 201 and on the COA, 200.
Lot 50296: Bolivia, Carlos II. Heart-shaped cob 4 Reales 1697P-CH, type of KM25, choice VF, holed at the top. At 14.59 grams, it is slightly heavy for this denomination, but weight may not have been a priority at the mint in the preparation of these special heart-shaped presentation strikes. Extremely rare and a previously unknown date for a heart. Estimates are that fewer than 20 heart-shaped 4 Reales exist, and each may be unique by date! The