Desirable, Appealing Ancients and World Coins in Official ANA Auction Ancient money and world coins and bank notes will be offered by Bowers and Merena Auctions in the Official Auction of the 2009 American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money in Los Angeles.
News-Antique.com - Jul 06,2009 - (Irvine, California) -- A wide selection of rare ancient and world coins will be offered in Bowers and Merena's Official Auction of the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Moneyฎ at the Los Angeles Convention Center and online, August 2 - 8, 2009. Ponterio & Associates, Inc., a division of Bowers and Merena, will present the world sessions on Saturday, August 8.
One of the many highlights among the over 1,300 lots of desirable and appealing world coins is a Japanese undated (1860 - 1862) Manen oban (10 Ryo, 112.26 gms) with security edge (Fr. 7; JNDA-09-11; C24a2) in Extremely Fine condition.
"This is a beautiful specimen," said Richard Ponterio, executive vice president of Bowers and Merena. "This Manen oban is the only type that was produced using machinery. Prior to this type obans were hand made. The use of obans halted shortly after the time of Commandore Perry forcing Japan to open its trade with the west in the mid 1800s."
Two other marquee coins in the ANA auction are a rare Year 3 (1911) "Long Whisker Dragon" Tientsin Mint China Pattern Dollar (L&M-28; Kann-223; KM-Pn-304), graded NGC AU-58, and a Macedonia Mende silver Tetradrachm (16.88 gms) ca. 425 B.C.
"This was struck from the same dies as described in the Noe-ANS Monogram #27 of 1926, 'The Mende (Kaliandra) Hoard #70.' It has a well struck reverse and nice metal quality with full border on the obverse. It depicts Dionysos 'Bacchus' the god of wine and grapes holding a cup of wine while reclining on a donkey," explained Ponterio.
Among the many other highlights of the auction are:
Bruttium Caulonia silver Stater ca. 525 480 B.C.;
Chile 8 Reales 1849-ML (KM-96.2; EL-103);
China Pattern Dollar Year 12 (1923) Tientsin Mint, Large Character, NGC MS-65;
China Pattern Dollar 1910 Tientsin Mint, NGC MS-65;
China Pattern Dollar 1907 Tientsin Mint, NGC MS-62;
Great Britain undated (1605 - 1606) Rose Ryal, James I (1603 - 1625), NGC AU-55;
Great Britain 5 Guineas 1741, George II (1727 - 1760), NGC AU-58;
Honduras 10 Pesos 1883;
Iran 10 Tomans AH1297 (1880) Tehran Mint, Nasir Al-din Shah AH 1264 - 1313 (1848 - 1896);
Italy 50 Lire 1911-R "50th Anniversary of the Kingdom," NGC MS-63;
Italy 50 Lire 1912-R, NGC MS-62;
Kingdom of Lydia, Kroisos (561 - 546 B.C.) gold Stater, NGC CH AU;
Korea 1 Whan Year 502 (1893);
Mexico Empire of Iturbide 8 Escudos 1822-JIM, NGC AU-55;
Mexico Carlos & Johanna, Early Series 4 Reales, Assayer R undated (1538), Francisco del Rinc๓n;
Roman Empire, Tiberius (12 - 37 A.D.) gold Aureus, NGC MS; and
Russia, 5 Roubles 1762 St. Petersburg Mint, Catherine II (1762 - 1796), PCGS MS-62.
The auction also will include U.S. coins and U.S. and world bank notes.
Bidding opens in July and pre-auction bids are welcome at www.BowersandMerena.com; by e-mail at auction@BowersandMerena.com; by phone at (800) 458-4646 in the U.S. and