|Heritage World Coin Auctions > Dallas Signature Sale 3110||Auction date: 3 November 2023|
|Lot number: 30093|
Price realized: 46,000 USD (Approx. 43,327 EUR) Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Moldavia & Wallachia. Catherine II silver Pattern 2 Para - 3 Kopecks 1773 UNC Details (Obverse Spot Removed) NGC, Sadagura mint, Bit-1270 (R3), Diakov-1131 (R4), Uzd-4917 (Extremely Rare), cf. Spassky-pg. 217, 1 (for type in copper). A truly spectacular and thoroughly rare emission in silver, and among Catherine II's most difficult coinages to locate, with only seven auction appearances in the last two decades. A firm strike yields a nearly full expression of these instantly recognizable devices throughout, with every feature rising in clear contrast atop the highly flashy expanses beneath. Upon rotation, the piece glistens with mint brilliance, and despite the subtle evidence of an obverse spot removal to the right floral coat of arms, this ultimately does little to diminish both the visual allure and numismatic importance of the piece at hand. One of only two pieces currently certified and certainly worthy of advanced consideration by the Russian specialist.
A captivating relic of Russo-Turkish hostilities in the 18th century, two issues were struck for local use in Moldavia and Wallachia by the Russian army stationed on the Danube, a single Para and 2 Para issues. While circulation pieces were struck from captured Turkish cannon, according to Spassky, only a handful of off-metal Patterns were made in silver, likely for souvenir or presentation purposes at Peter Gartenberg's estate "mint" in Sadagura.
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Estimate: 20000-30000 USD