Pegasus Auctions AB > Auction 8Auction date: 26 November 2023
Lot number: 387

Price realized: 5,500 EUR   (Approx. 5,998 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Russia, Moldavia & Wallachia, Catherine II, Para / 3 Dengi 1772, Sadagura Mint, Bitkin 1255, Exceptional condition, NGC MS 62 BN, The smallest of the issues, this coin is in a virtually unobtainable condition. A true gem for this type, especially since these coins were all struck from the bronze obtained by melting down Turkish cannons. Red colour and subtle mint lustre still remain in the fields and set apart this coin from the many others in lower grades. Very rare to find in this state of conservation and the first we`ve handled. From the collection of a Swedish collector.

Starting price: 2000 EUR

Match 1:
Pegasus Auctions AB > Auction 8Auction date: 26 November 2023
Lot number: 393

Price realized: 2,300 EUR   (Approx. 2,508 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Russia, Moldavia & Wallachia, Catherine II, 2 Para / 3 Kopeks 1774, Sadagura Mint, Bitkin 1251, NGC AU 58 BN, Top Pop, Single finest graded! The rarest year for this type and in an impossible quality to find. From the collection of a Swedish collector!

Starting price: 500 EUR

Match 2:
Pegasus Auctions AB > Auction 8Auction date: 26 November 2023
Lot number: 387

Price realized: 5,500 EUR   (Approx. 5,998 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Russia, Moldavia & Wallachia, Catherine II, Para / 3 Dengi 1772, Sadagura Mint, Bitkin 1255, Exceptional condition, NGC MS 62 BN, The smallest of the issues, this coin is in a virtually unobtainable condition. A true gem for this type, especially since these coins were all struck from the bronze obtained by melting down Turkish cannons. Red colour and subtle mint lustre still remain in the fields and set apart this coin from the many others in lower grades. Very rare to find in this state of conservation and the first we`ve handled. From the collection of a Swedish collector.

Starting price: 2000 EUR

Match 3:
Pegasus Auctions AB > Auction 8Auction date: 26 November 2023
Lot number: 388

Price realized: 17,000 EUR   (Approx. 18,539 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Russia, Moldavia & Wallachia, Catherine II, Para / 3 Dengi 1771, Sadagura Mint, Bitkin 1267, Exceptional condition, NGC MS 63 BN, Top Pop, Single finest graded! Of the highest rarity and importance for any collector of this issue, especially in this high grade. Mint state condition with much red still remaining and the finest that we have come across. From the collection of a Swedish collector!

Starting price: 4000 EUR

Match 4:
Pegasus Auctions AB > Auction 8Auction date: 26 November 2023
Lot number: 390

Price realized: 18,500 EUR   (Approx. 20,174 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Russia, Moldavia & Wallachia, Catherine II, 2 Para / 3 Kopeks 1772, Sadagura Mint, Bitkin 1247, Exceptional condition, NGC MS 64 BN, Top Pop, Single finest graded! Struck from the bronze of melted down Turkish cannons these coins are usually found in poor conservations. This example has all its mint lustre still remaining and is probably the best quality Sadagura coin that still exists. From the collection of a Swedish collector!

Starting price: 4000 EUR

Match 5:
Stack's Bowers Galleries (& Ponterio) > January 2024 NYINC AuctionAuction date: 12 January 2024
Lot number: 54383

Price realized: 185,000 USD   (Approx. 168,702 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


RUSSIA. 37-1/2 Rubles (100 Francs), 1902-(★). St. Petersburg Mint. Nicholas II. NGC MS-62.
Fr-170; KM-Y-B65; Bit-315 (R2); Sev-578 (RRR). Mintage: 235. Undoubtedly a titan of Russian numismatics, especially from the waning years of the empire and among the 20th century strikings, this large-format issue surpasses other gold denominations in terms of size and RARITY. Presenting the czar's familiar head on the obverse, this type displays the denomination on the reverse in both Rubles and Francs, owing to the French-focused banking interests within the imperial court. Extremely lustrous and tantalizing, with flashy mirroring in the fields and a subtle frosting upon the devices that yields an enticing prooflike cameo nature. Undoubtedly a specimen that will generate immense enthusiasm and endless fascination.

Struck at a time shortly after Russia went onto the international gold standard, the piece is heavily influenced by foreign banking interests. Beginning in the late 18th century, and becoming more pronounced as the 19th century progressed, Russia increasingly relied upon foreign banking consortia to float Russian bonds. At first, funds were raised primarily in Amsterdam, then in Germany, and, by late in the 19th century, almost exclusively in France. The inclusion of "100 Francs" in the reverse legend--denoting the coin's adherence to the Latin Monetary Union--also clearly demonstrated the economic ties that Russia had with lenders in France. The Rothschild banking empire based in Paris, where many Russian bonds were placed, was a major participant in underwriting the Russian bond offering floated in early 1901, and may well be the source of the gold within the coin offered here. Containing the exact same gold content of a contemporary French 100 Francs and struck in the same 0.900 fine gold alloy, this 37 Rubles and 50 Kopeks piece would have been interchangeable at par in circulation. Bitkin describes the coin as a "donative," suggesting the coins were never intended to circulate, but instead were meant as gifts to gain influence while conducting official Russian state business. S. I. Chizhov, in his book Outline of Certain Types of Russian Coins in Past Two Centuries, states: "These coins were not struck for circulation but selected for high dignitaries in the amount of 225 specimens. In all, 200 pieces were presented to His Majesty for personal gifts on special occasions. The remaining 25 specimens were turned over to H. I .H. Grand Duke George Mikhailovich." To view all items from the Rothschild-Piatigorsky Collection, click here. To learn more about the collection, click here.

From the Rothschild-Piatigorsky Collection.

Estimate: $150000 - $250000

Match 6:
Stack's Bowers Galleries (& Ponterio) > January 2024 NYINC AuctionAuction date: 12 January 2024
Lot number: 53272

Price realized: 48,000 USD   (Approx. 43,771 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


GREAT BRITAIN. Great Britain - Spain. Dollar (5 Shillings), ND (1804). George III. NGC MS-62.
S-3766; KM-659.2; Bull-1867. Authorized 2 January 1804. Countermark: Bank of England Type II (the famous "head of a fool on the neck of an ass"); Bust of George III right utilized from the then current 6 Pence within octagonal indent. Applied to the obverse of a 1803-S CN Spain bust 8 Reales of Charles IIII (IV) (KM-432.2). The only Mint State certified example of the host type for the countermark issue at either NGC or PCGS, and tied for finest certified for the countermark issue with only two other examples. This magnificent example offers a wholly original looking appearance displaying lovely smokey dove gray patina with areas of slate coloration amongst the devices. When tilted in the light iridescent hues pop out adding to its visual appeal and attractiveness. The countermark is deeply applied, bold and even on a nicely preserved high grade host. Clearly this example was plucked from circulation early on and given great care. This offering is a chance to acquire a seldom encountered host in incredible condition that should be considered EXTREMELY RARE and highly desirable.

It is important to note that Spanish mint hosts do occasionally appear with this countermark type, but are nearly all 4 Reales (1/2 Dollar). In fact, when searching auction archives from the last 23 years we were only able to identify three other examples of Spanish 8 Reales, all from Seville Mint, all in vastly inferior condition. The present piece easily sits as the finest certified of a Spanish Mint host type and among the finest of the countermark type for all host coins. Truly an exceptional example of the type worthy of serious consideration by the connoisseur.

Ex: A-Tokyo Collection.

Estimate: $20000 - $30000