Category Archives: Medal Auction

Silver Medal Commemorating Commodore Perry’s Opening of Japan at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The rapid industrialization of the western world in the 19th century led to an ongoing need to open new markets, with the Far East providing a prime opportunity for both selling and buying. To this end, the United States under President Millard Fillmore sent […]

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Colonial Coins, Washingtoniana, Indian Peace Medals in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Auction

The E Pluribus Unum Collection, Part 2: Colonial Coins and Washingtoniana The E Pluribus Unum Collection, Part 2: Colonial Coins and Washingtoniana will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 11-13, 2020 Auction. Built over the course of more than half a century, the E Pluribus Unum Collection is replete with coins and medals […]

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Künker Offering Alexander Macomb Gold Medal From War of 1812 in Fall Auction

The Story of Alexander Macomb by Künker GmbH …… The Hero of the Second War of American Independence As part of its Auction 339, the auction house Künker offers a Congressional Gold Medal. This is no medal like any other, but the one President Madison handed personally to Alexander Macomb, the hero of Plattsburgh. We […]

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Certified American Tokens & Medals Offered in August Heritage Auction

Heritage’s latest Month-Long auction highlights exonumia in its offering of a selection of Certified American Tokens and Medals. Open for bidding now, this auction concludes with a live session at 6 PM CT on August 22. The vast majority of the offerings in this auction are either Hard Times Tokens or Civil War Tokens – […]

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Künker eLive Auction 61 of Ancient and World Coins and Medals Now Online

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and collector friends, Please find our next eLive Auction 61 ready to be viewed online. This time you will find a wide-ranging offer from ancient coins to modern times – as well as medals and military orders and decorations. The online auction takes place from August 11-13, […]

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The Duke of Lansing Collection of British Coronation Medals

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The crowning of any monarch is always a momentous celebration, highly anticipated and carefully planned. In the United Kingdom, such an occasion warranted the striking of medals commemorating the regal festivities so that the collecting community might honor the new sovereign. This practice began […]

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Künker Summer Auction Sales 337-338 Now Online

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, The catalogues for our upcoming Summer Auction Sales are now online. From 22 to 26 of June 2020, we will hold two auctions at the hotel Vienna House Remarque in Osnabrück (former Steigenberger Hotel Remarque). About 3,600 lots with a total estimate of about […]

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Apollo 17-Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Owned by Last Moonwalker in Heritage Space Exploration Auction

One of approximately 80 silver Robbins Medallions that flew on Apollo 17, which once belonged to the last man to walk on the moon, could bring $50,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Space Exploration Auction June 5 in Dallas, Texas. Apollo 17 Flown MS68 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 159, Originally from the Personal […]

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Medals of Li Hung-Chang—Strategist, Diplomat & World Traveler

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… After spending his early life in scholarly pursuits, the rise of Li Hung-chang (李鴻章, Lǐ Hóngzhāng) began during the unrest created by the Taiping Rebellion—a Chinese civil war that lasted from 1850-1864. Given Li’s familiarity with Anhwei (Ānhuī) Province, he was tapped to advise […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Offer Exceptional Array of Exonumia in Medals-Only Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a special April Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction of over 160 lots of exonumia in medals. These pieces represent three different topics: the works of Jacques Wiener, mostly comprising his famous, intricately engraved architectural series; World War I medals from a variety of issuers on each side of […]

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Medal Awarded to Inventor of First Large-Scale Electronic Computer Featured in Heritage Americana & Political Auction

A medal awarded for one of the most significant technological advancements in the last century is among the most intriguing lots offered in Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political Auction February 22-23 in Dallas, Texas. The John Scott Medal Awarded to John Presper Eckert Jr. in 1961 “For The Invention Of The First Large Scale Electronic […]

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World Coins and Goetz Medals in Künker’s eLive Premium Auction 332

Künker Auction Highlights by Künker GmbH …… On February 5 and 6, 2020, several special collections will be on sale in the Künker virtual auction room as of 6 pm. First, another part – almost 700 lots – of the Friedrich Popken Collection of coins and medals from the area of Lower Saxony will be […]

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Heritage Live: The Gulf Breeze Collection of Prussian Coins

The Gulf Breeze Collection of Prussian Coins is one of three specialized auctions of World and Ancient Coins currently available for bidding exclusively through HA.com. It concludes with a live auction through Heritage Live, beginning at 8:00 PM CT on February 2. As might be expected from the name, this auction is composed almost entirely […]

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Künker Berlin Auction 2020: Holy Roman Empire and World Coins

Künker Berlin Auction by Künker GmbH …… There are only a few weeks left to our upcoming Berlin Auction Sales. Once again, we will be pleased to welcome our guests from Germany and abroad at the Estrel Hotel. We expect numerous bidders for our auction, catalogue 331 offers rarities from many countries. Especially collectors of […]

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Over $17.6 Million in US Coins and Related Issues Sold by Stack’s Bowers in Baltimore

2019 Whitman Winter Expo Brings a Total of More than $19 million The Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2019 Baltimore Auction brought together collectors of every discipline for a historic offering of five important collections and numerous additional rarities. In total, over $17.6 million USD was realized across more than 6,000 lots of United States coins […]

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Heritage November World Coin Auction Features Dresden Collection of Betts Medals

Heritage is pleased to be able to present The Dresden Collection of British and Betts Medals as our latest monthly World and Ancient Coin auction. This auction will be open for bidding through November 24, with a live auction beginning at 8 pm Central Time. In 1894, the book American Colonial History Illustrated by Contemporary […]

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Collections Drive Results at Sedwick Treasure Auction 26

By Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC …… Several important coin collections crossed the auction block during Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC’s Treasure Auction 26. The live floor and online auction, held November 1-2, realized over $2.3 million in coins, medals, and banknotes sold. The auction began with the John Pullin Collection of dated Mexican gold cob escudos. […]

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John W. Adams Collection of Comitia Americana Medals Nets $1.7 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries-  110 Historic American Medals Makes History Numismatist John W. Adams is known worldwide as the foremost expert on the medals authorized by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution. His decades of collecting and research culminated in the most extraordinary cabinet of Comitia Americana medals ever assembled and resulted in a spectacular […]

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A Busy Week: Smithsonian Event and Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction Lots We’re Following

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. It’s shaping up to be a very busy week for numismatics and, weather permitting (sleet is currently coming down and covering the road with slushy ice in Central Virginia), I will make my way up north and take in both what is shaping up to be Stack’s Bowers most […]

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A Busy Week: Smithsonian Event and Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction Lots We’re Following

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. It’s shaping up to be a very busy week for numismatics and, weather permitting (sleet is currently coming down and covering the road with slushy ice in Central Virginia), I will make my way up north and take in both what is shaping up to be Stack’s Bowers most […]

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The General and the Student—A Personalized, Unique Gold Medal Following the Brutality of World War I

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Ferdinand Foch, a French general and military strategist, served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the latter part of World War I, ultimately guiding the allies to victory in their defeat of the Central Powers in November 1918. As a result of […]

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Rare US Life Saving Medal in Gold Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Our November 2019 Baltimore Auction offers a nearly unprecedented selection of rarities from the Numismatic Americana series. Among the more significant offerings in this group is one of the earliest gold Life Saving medals struck by the United States Mint. Measuring 67 mm in diameter […]

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Heritage Auctions: Dresden Collection of Hispanic and Brazilian Proclamation Medals

The newest monthly world coin auction from Heritage spotlights the Dresden Collection of Hispanic and Brazilian Proclamation Medals. This spectacular collection includes 150 lots, 90% of which are mint state, and is heaviest in material from Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. It was assembled from 1952 through 1959 and hasn’t seen the light of day for […]

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Künker Fall Auction Sales of Ancient, World Coins & Medals Now Online

Künker Fall Auction By Künker GmbH …… It’s time. The catalogues of the upcoming Künker Fall Auction Sales are online. From October 7 – 11, 2019, Künker will run four auctions at the Steigenberger Hotel Remarque. Nearly 6,300 lots with a total estimate of around seven million euros will be auctioned off. The pieces on […]

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Stunning and Extremely Rare Coronation Medal of Nicholas I in Platinum

Coronation Medal By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Born in 1796 to Russian emperor Paul I and Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg, Nicholas had little chance of ever acceding to the imperial throne, as he was the third male child born to the royal couple. Following Paul’s murder in 1801, the […]

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Künker eLive Auction 55 of Ancient and World Coins Starts Today

By Künker GmbH …… Dear Bidders and Coin Enthusiasts, Today starts our eLive Auction 55 session with more than 1,500 lots, featuring pieces ranging from the ancient world to modern times as well as over 860 lots of orders and decorations. Enough time to study the pieces of the upcoming auction on www.elive-auction.de. The eLive […]

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Extremely Rare 1920 Wilson Dollar in Gold to be Offered at July 21 Austin Auction Sale

Extremely rare 1920 Wilson dollar in gold to be offered at July 21 Austin Auction Sale On July 21, Austin Auction Gallery will offer one of the finest-known examples of one of the rarest gold medals ever struck by the United States Mint. The 1920 Wilson dollar is a seldom-seen numismatic rarity that is highly […]

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German Coins & Medals Highlight Künker Auctions

  By Künker GmbH …… Dear Bidders and Coin Enthusiasts, As always, German coins and medals make up a large portion of our auctioned pieces. Once again, we’re able to offer a wide range of collections featuring German coins. First of all, there’s a collection of selected bracteates from the High Middle Ages, featuring great […]

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Künker Auction Focus on Coins of Reformation and Protestantism From Opitz Collection

In an eLive Premium Auction, Künker will be offering the third part of the Opitz Collection. It includes coins and medals relating to the Reformation and Protestantism. Anyone dealing with coins and medals focused on Reformation and Protestantism knows the name Dr. Rainer Opitz. Künker has already auctioned two parts of his extensive collection. Now, […]

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Newly Discovered Original Washington Before Boston Silver Medal Featured in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Washington Before Boston medal is one of the most significant relics of early America and the Revolutionary Era, with direct ties to the Founding Fathers and some of the most foundational events in our history. Washingtoniana specialist Neil Musante suggests that it is “one […]

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Rare Coins From All Over the World: Sincona Auction Review

In May of 2018 Sincona held its 46th and 47th auction. A so-called “Stirnlocken-Vreneli” was sold at 130,000 CHF, a 10 ducat piece of the city of Berne won the bid at 190,000 CHF and a mohur of the Indian freethinker Akbar found a new home at 140,000 CHF. Auction 46: World Gold Coins Sincona’s […]

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Numismatic Rarities at Lanz Auction 166

The auction house Lanz from Munich is holding its 166 th auction on June 11, 2018. These 326 lots cover the entire numismatic array from antiquity up to the 19th century with a focus on pilgrimage tokens. On June 11, 2018 the auction house Numismatik Lanz from Munich will hold its 166th auction. It encompasses […]

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Künker Summer Coin Auction Sales Now Online

Dear Bidders and Coin Enthusiasts, From June 18-21, we will conduct our Summer Auctions 307-310 at the Steigenberger Hotel Remarque in Osnabrück. Spanning four catalogs, more than 4,500 lots will be offered for sale. And of course, there are quite a number of collections dedicated to a certain topic. The Genaert collection featuring coins from […]

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Numismatic Memorabilia From the American Space Race to Sell This Week at Heritage Auctions

By CoinWeek ….. When astronaut and Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Armstrong stepped on the lunar surface at 10:56 Eastern Time on July 21, 1969, it was the culmination of the great scientific and engineering effort known as the Space Race. Among their other military and geopolitical rivalries, the Space Race pitted the United States […]

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World Coin Auctions – Rarities at Heidelberger Münzhandlung

By Heidelberger Münzhandlung Herbert Grün …… From November 14 to 15, 2017, Auction 73 of the Heidelberger Münzhandlung will take place. Herbert Grün has again assembled a catalog that contains rarities in the best grades imaginable – ranging from ancient times to the Federal Republic of Germany From November 14 to 15, 2017, the Heidelberger […]

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Gadoury Auctions: Gold Coins From All Over the World

By Éditions V. Gadoury, Monaco …… On December 2, 2017, Monaco auction house Editions V. Gadoury will conduct its annual auction. The 1,384 lots include numerous world gold coins, from the Persians to the Shah of Persia, from Afghanistan to Zaire The upcoming Gadoury sale has something in store for every gold coin enthusiast. Spanning […]

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Spink: Medals from the Life and Career of Sir Christopher Lee

Spink is honored to have been instructed to offer approximately 50 medals and awards presented and bestowed to the late Sir Christopher Lee, C.B.E., C.St.J.. The group charts the life and career of the legendary actor, from active service as a young RAF officer in the Second World War through to his British Film Institute […]

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Spink: Medals from the Life and Career of Sir Christopher Lee

Spink is honored to have been instructed to offer approximately 50 medals and awards presented and bestowed to the late Sir Christopher Lee, C.B.E., C.St.J.. The group charts the life and career of the legendary actor, from active service as a young RAF officer in the Second World War through to his British Film Institute […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction of Chinese, World Coins & Paper Money Realizes $4.26 Million

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their August 2017 Hong Kong Showcase Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins and Paper Money. Once again the semi-annual sale located at the Mira Hotel attracted collectors, dealers and enthusiasts from around the globe. In addition to the excellent auction sessions, the week was […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction of Chinese, World Coins & Paper Money Realizes $4.26 Million

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their August 2017 Hong Kong Showcase Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins and Paper Money. Once again the semi-annual sale located at the Mira Hotel attracted collectors, dealers and enthusiasts from around the globe. In addition to the excellent auction sessions, the week was […]

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U.S. Coins Realize Over $12.4 Million in Stack’s Bowers 2017 ANA Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money met with incredible success, realizing a total of $19.2 million across all sessions, including over $12.4 million in United States coins. Showcasing the High Rise Collection, the Magnolia Collection, and other important properties, the sale offered an incomparable lineup of rarities […]

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Spink to Sell Collections of Celtic Coins, British Historical Medals

This summer will see a very interesting sale of British and Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals at Spink London. The sale is packed with quality material and many historically important items. The sale will take place on July 5 and contains a substantial collection of Celtic coins, the remaining coins from the Lord Stewartby Collection, […]

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Excellent Results for German Coins, Medals at Grün Auction in Heidelberg

By Heidelberger Münzhandlung Herbert Grün…. On May 16 and 17, 2017, the Heidelberger Münzhandlung conducted its two Spring Auctions 71 and 72. As always, many coins stood out, not only due to their rarity but above all due to their excellent grade, and this was clearly reflected in the results. ((1 – Lot 4170: German […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Vikings knew how to maintain trust in their money By the 880s the Vikings had taken over the territory of all but the West Saxons but they provided their subjugated peoples with money they knew – in the form of imitations of […]

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Dix Noonan Webb: Soviet Air Ace Medals & Decorations Earn £144,000

By Dix Noonan Webb …… A magnificent group of 44 decorations and medals awarded to one of the Soviet Union’s greatest fighter aces of the Second World War attracted fierce competition from Russians at Dix Noonan Webb on 11 May 2017 selling for £144,000 (about $185,760 USD) including buyers’ commission (£120,000/$154,800 hammer price). Would-be buyers […]

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Over $15.9 Million in US Coins Sold in Stack’s Bowers March 2017 Whitman Baltimore Auction

There was certainly no shortage of significant numismatic offerings throughout the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coins and Collectibles Expo, held at the Baltimore Convention Center in the final week of March. Anchored by the exceptional Blue Moon Collection, Part I, and the Collections of Dr. Gordon Shaw and Anthony Bettencourt, this […]

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Daniel Frank Sedwick Treasure, World, U.S. Coin and Paper Money Auction #21 Goes Live May 3

Sedwick’s Treasure, World, U.S. Coin and Paper Money Auction #21 Catalog is NOW ONLINE! In addition to our usual fare of the world’s best treasure for sale, this auction features arguably our best offering yet of Latin American material, particularly Central American coins from the holdings of the late Richard Stuart, and also many important […]

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Heritage: Long Beach US Coins Auction Opens for Bidding Soon

Heritage’s February 16-19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction will open for bidding very soon! Our Florida U.S. Coins auction saw an increase of nearly 27% in prices realized over the year-ago FUN results, and we fully expect the Long Beach Signature event to continue this positive trend. The total number of lots is […]

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Medal Highlights of Heritage Auctions’ FUN Offering

Important, historic medals from the colonial era to present day will be prominently featured in Heritage Auctions’ January 4-9 FUN US Coins Auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Dupré-Designed Bronze Made in Honor of Benjamin Franklin’s 80th Birthday A bronze medal from the Colonial Era depicting Benjamin Franklin will be among the featured items. First struck […]

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Ring in the New Year with the 2017 Stacks Bowers NYINC Auction

  Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to share details of their forthcoming Stacks Bowers NYINC Auction of world coins, world paper money and ancient coins, held in conjunction with the prestigious New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). This event will be held January 12-14 2017 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in vibrant Midtown Manhattan in […]

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Spink: Fire Disaster Policeman, Helmand Hero Medals at Nov. Militaria Sale

This November will see several wonderful pieces of history come to Spink’s auction room. On the 24th November 2016, a Yorkshire Chief Inspector’s Queen’s Gallantry Medal awarded for ‘outstanding courage and bravery’ in saving lives during the Bradford City Fire Disaster, the worst fire disaster in football history is to be sold at auction in […]

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Künker Auctions: 300,000 Euros for Roman Aureus on Defeat of Judaea

In the Künker Fall Auctions week, spectacular results were achieved: 300,000 euros for an aureus of Vespasian featuring defeated Judaea, 42,000 euros for a Polish reichstaler or 48,000 euros for 4 ducats of the Great Elector. And these are only a few examples 5,700 lots with a total estimate of 8.2 million euros were auctioned […]

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Künker Auctions: The Preussag Collection, Part 2

On 1 November 2016 the second part of the Preussag collection will be auctioned off by London Coin Galleries in cooperation with Künker in Osnabrück. The material comprises 772 lots of mining coins, estimated at 630,000 GBP altogether. On 1 November 2016 London Coin Galleries, in cooperation with Künker, will be selling the second part […]

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Professor’s 1979 Chemistry Nobel Prize Gold Medal Offered by Heritage Auctions

Nobel Prize medal presented to chemist Georg Wittig for 1954 discovery of “The Wittig Reaction” is accompanied in October 19, 2016 auction by four other prestigious medals awarded to the noted German researcher and educator The historic 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry awarded to Professor Georg Wittig (1897 – 1987) of Germany will […]

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PAN: 112 Years Later, Memorial Plaque, Exhibit Honors Carnegie Hero Medal Recipient

By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) …. It was a typical June evening when Ivah Coles, age 21, and Richard Cromwell, age 20, went for a swim in the reservoir near Benld, Illinois. While attempting to climb up the steep, high bank, Cromwell fell back into the water and began to sink. From the bank, […]

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Infographic: 17 Very Interesting Facts About Olympic Gold Medals

By Karus Chains ….. At Karus Chains we love to write about silver and gold chains for men but even we realize that there are only so many interesting articles that can be written about gold chains. So with the Rio Olympics starting in just a few short weeks, we decided to do a little […]

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Preview of Stack’s Bowers Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held Monday August 15 through Wednesday April 17 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the leading auctioneer of […]

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Roland Auctions NY: The Estate of Dr. Alan York Numismatic Collection Auction, Part II

Highlights On View At Roland Auctions NY April 21, 22 and 25 By Roland Auctions NY …..   Roland Auctions NY is proud to present its second numismatic auction from the estate of nationally-renowned and esteemed collector Dr. Alan York. This sale’s vast historical holdings tell the story of Western Europe and the Americas from […]

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Künker eLive Auction 38 Now Online

By Künker GmbH & Company….   Dear valued customers and coin enthusiasts, Please find our next eLive Auction 38 ready to be viewed online. Just log on to our website eLive-Auction.de to discover all of the interesting items from our upcoming online auction. The auction will take place from Wednesday, December 2 2015, to Thursday, […]

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Take Part in Upcoming Emporium Hamburg Premium Auction

By Emporium Hamburg…. Dear fellow coin friends and coin dealers, It is with great pleasure that Emporium Hamburg is able to announce our next two auctions, 74 and 75, which will take place November 12-13, 2015. While Auction 74 is a classic coin and medal auction with more than 3,000 lots from ancient to modern […]

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Gorny & Mosch Fall Auction: Strong Market for High Quality Coins

Excellent prices were realized in the Gorny & Mosch Fall Auction. Above all, the Archaic coins from Athens and the collection of exquisite German thalers achieved five-digit hammer prices. However, Poland caused more than one surprise, too. During the week from October 5 to 9, 2015, coin collectors gathered in Munich. Presented in no less […]

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NGC Ancients Grades Possibly Unique Roman Gold Medallion

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded an important large-sized gold medallion of the Roman Emperor Constantine I (307-337 CE) that many believe to be unique. One of the most famous Roman Emperors, Constantine I is often called “the Great” for his many achievements during his three decades in power. He is particularly well known for […]

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The Friedrich Popken and Ernst Otto Horn Collections at Künker Auctions

The Popken and Horn collections are just two of the many highlights of the 2015 Künker Summer Sale. The almost 4,000 lots, their estimates adding up to 5.5 million euros, include numerous rarities from all around the world – from Medieval to Modern Times. Everybody will find his favorite coin when Künker starts its Summer […]

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Q. David Bowers on Stack’s Americana Sale – February 5-7, 2015

by Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Each year at this time, and in some years at other times as well, we hold an Americana Sale. The focus is on numismatics of our country with special emphasis on tokens, medals, documents, paper money, and archival items apart from the mainstream of federal coinage 1792 to date, although […]

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