The auctions over the past two months confirm that the Ancient and World Coin Markets continues to mature. The 20-coins and medals pictured here are just a small sampling of key-note rarities sold since June. These alone sold for an impressive accumulation of more than $10 Million!
July 2021 Update
The world and ancient coin markets are on a rocket ride to the moon with no signs of slowing down. In today’s auction environment we often must bid many increments more than we might have initially estimated a coins value to acquire for inventory.
These coins have global appeal for their cultural and historic significance. Savvy collectors and investors globally believe the world and ancient coin market is today where U.S. coin market was 30 or 40 years ago in terms of opportunity. We agree and will remain aggressive in acquiring quality problem free specimens in both market categories. We believe these coins still have tremendous much upside potential and remain undervalued.
Much of what we have learned in history class can be seen in the art exhibited on the surfaces of a coin. From the first coins made over 2500 years ago to the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar to Kings and Queens, important events and so on. The entire course of the human experience throughout the ages is supported by these fascinating kaleidoscopes of time.
We all need to be reminded from time to time that there was no such thing as a wire transfer 2,000 years ago. There were no credit cards. There was no PayPal. If you didn’t have the gold or the silver, you didn’t have the power.
What you see below is just a small glimpse into the burgeoning market we are experiencing. There are many more examples which cannot be included for the sake of brevity, but these featured treasures of the world will give the reader an idea of what we are seeing in today’s marketplace.
And to top it all off, here are two of the most expensive world coins of all time. Both sold in 2021
Russia 1825 Constantine — Plain Edge 1 – Rouble NGC PF62 Sold for 2.64 Million in April 2021
1631 10-Ducat Albrecht von Wallenstein – With Edge Defects and GraffitoSold for $335,000 in June 2021
1701 William III 5 Guineas NGC MS64+
Sold for $435,000 in June 2021
1706 Great Britain 5 Guineas NGC MS60
Sold for $377,000 in June 2021
1804 Georges III Double Obverse Test NGC PF66 Star Finest Known Sold for $435,000 in June 2021
1839 GB Queen Victoria 5 Pound NGC PF64 Ultra Cameo Sold for $726,000 in June 2021
1852 Australian 5 Pound – 22 Carat – Adelaide Assay Office Special Strike of only 7 Minted – Finest Known Sold for $1.16 million in June 2021
1861 100 Francs NGC PF65UC – Napoleon III Second Empire (1852 – 1870) Sold for $842,000 in June 2021
1904 Chinese Hupeh Provinence – One Tael – Large Characters NGC MS62 Rare Variety – 1 Year Type
Sold for $360,000 in June 2021
1920 Sovereign Specimen Strike PCGS SP66
Finest Known of 1 of 4 Known to Exist
Sold for $1.1 million in June 2021
C. 401 – 406 Agrigentum Tetradrachm – Quadriga – 16.85g Featuring Nike Holding Kentron and Reins / Two Perched Eagles Sold for $338,000 in June 2021
Alexander III, 336 – 323 BC – Posthumous – Decadrachm of 5 Shekels Depicting Alexander the Great as Zues 1 of 10 known to exist – Only 5 in Private Hands
Sold for $912,000 in June 2021
Allectus, (AD 293-296) Aureus Gained Power by Murdering Carausius and taking the title of Emperor
Sold for $222,000 in June 2021
Attica, Athens (510-500 BC) Athenian Tetradrachm
Only Known Specimen of this Die Couple
First Athenian Issue with Owl Reverse
Sold for $520,000 in June 2021
Caracalla, (AD 198 – 217) Aureus with Plautilla Reverse
Struck to Commemorate Caracalla’s Marriage to Plautilla
Sold for $471,000 in 2021
Carausius, (AD 289 – 293) Aureus with Abundantia Standing Second Known of this Issue and Only one in Private Hands Sold for $344,000 in June 2021
Macedonian Tetradrachm, (357 – 356 BC) Featuring Apollo Obv and Race-Torch
Only the Second Specimen Known from these Dies
Sold for $547,000 in June 2021
Quintillus, (AD 270) Aureus Mediolanum
Committed Suicide only Months into his Rule
Sold for $261,000 in June 2021
Seleucus I (312 – 281 BC) Tetradrachm – Seleucid Kings of Syria Symbolically depicting Seleucus I War Horse on obverse and the destructive tank-like Protection of the Elephant on reverse.
Among the Finest Known of an extremely rare issue.
Sold for $234,000 in June 2021
Sulla d. 79 BC – Roman Aureus NGC Ch AU 4/5 3/5
Very Rare Gold Coin of the Roman Republic
Celebrating the Trimph of Sulla for Defeating Mithradates and the Samnites
Sold for $287,000 in June 2021