31-07-2014 – 01-08-2014
Richard L. Lissner Collection: “Minor” Issues
The Richard L. Lissner Collection: “Minor” Issues
On August 1 and 2, 2014 St. James’s Auctions in association with Classical Numismatic Group and cataloging by M. Louis Teller Numismatic Company are conducting the sale of The Richard L. Lissner Collection at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare. In addition to the important coins, one should not overlook the exceptional and diverse offering of minor silver and bronze issues.
St. James’s Auctions, LLC (Knightsbridge Coins), of London, England, in association with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and London, England, and cataloging by M. Louis Teller Numismatic Company of Encino, California, are conducting the sale of “The Richard L. Lissner Collection: The Collection of an American Connoisseur” on 1-2 August 2014 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, just prior to the annual summer convention of the American Numismatic Association in Rosemont, Illinois.
Information for lot viewing, the virtual online catalog, online bidding, and ordering the printed catalog is available at CNG’s website under the Printed Auctions category.
In addition to the important coins coming up in the Lissner sale, one should not overlook the exceptional and diverse offering of minor silver and bronze issues. Acquiring the less expensive coins in top condition is often more of a challenge than acquiring the important pieces.
We have selected 10 pieces of note from among the various fractional issues in the Lissner collection
Lot 15. BELGIUM, Kingdom. Léopold I. 1831-1865. AR 1/2 Franc (19mm, 2.5 g, 6h). Bruxelles (Brussels) mint. Dated 1844. KM 6; C 10. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65. Gem BU with beautiful light to moderate toning. An absolute gem original coin.
Lot 59. BULGARIA, Principality. Ferdinand I. 1887-1908. AR 50 Stotinki (17mm, 2.51 g, 5h). Körmöcbánya (Kremnitz) mint. Dated 1891 KB. KM 12; Y 12. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 66 WINGS APPROVED. Gem iridescently toned uncirculated. A superb original coin and finest this cataloguer has ever seen. Extremely rare this choice and an absolute gem. Highest ever graded by far.
Lot 92. CEYLON (SRI LANKA), Colonial. British. George III. 1760-1820. Proof CU 1/192 Rixdollar (19mm, 2.38 g, 6h). Milled coinage. Soho (Birmingham) mint. Dated 1802. KM 73; Cr 25. In NGC encapsulation graded Proof 65 BN. Lovely very light brown on high points, red underneath.
Lot 350. FRANCE, Premier Empire. Napoléon I. 1804-1814. AR 2 Francs à la tête de nègre laurée (26mm, 9.94 g, 6h). Paris mint; différents: signature/rooster. Pierre-Joseph Tiolier, engraver general. Ch.-Pierre de l’Espine, director. Dated 1808 A. VG 500; KM 684.1. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 62. Choice very prooflike and has fantastic multicolored patina of blue, amber, and green. One of the most beautiful coins in the collection.
Lot 1079. SWEDEN. Karl XV. 1859-1872. Proof AR 50 Öre (22mm, 4.27 g, 12h). Stockholm mint. Lea Ahlborn and Sebastian Tham, engravers. Dated 1862 LA ST. KM 713; Tingström 6. In NGC encapsulation graded PF 66 Cameo WINGS APPROVED. Gem brilliant proof with incredible amber color streaks on the obverse. Only specimen ever graded. One year only type. Extremely rare.
1165. BOLIVIA, Republic. 1825-present. AR 1/2 Sol (16mm, 1.58 g, 6h). La Paz mint. Dated 1855 PAZ P. La Paz head of Bolivar. KM 127; Y 17. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65 WINGS APPROVED. Superb choice UNC with hues of lavender blue and amber. Very rare three year type and almost never seen in this wonderful grade.
1322. CARIBBEAN TERRITORIES, Curaçao. Dutch. Wilhelm I. King of the Netherlands, 1813-1840. AR Real (17mm, 1.81 g, 6h). Utrecht mint. Dated 1821. 4 acorns variety. KM 26.1. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Fully prooflike with a hint of moderate toning in places. Incredible surfaces and luster. A superb coin and the finest this cataloger has ever seen.
1337. CHILE, Republic. 1818-present. AR 1/2 Real (17mm, ~1.70 g, 6h). Santiago mint. Dated 1840 So IJ. KM 98.1. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 66 WINGS APPROVED. Gem fully prooflike specimen. Quality strike. A two-year type. The only coin ever graded for the date. Superb quality.
1434. COLOMBIA, Republica de Colombia (Gran Colombia). Provincia de la Nueva Granada. Cundinamarca. 1819-1830. AR 1/2 Real (15mm, 1.37 g, 6h). Bogotá mint. Dated 1821 BA JF. KM F8. In NGC encapsulation graded AU 58. Deep steel gray toning with claims to a higher grade. Superb strike with full pomegranate on reverse and full hairlines and features on the Indian Liberty bust.
1788. HAITI, État d’Haïti. Henri Christophe. President, 1807-1811. CU Essai d’une centième (25mm, 6.23 g, 12h). Struck in England. Dated 1807. KM Pn1. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65 BN. Attractive warm brown with hints of red in the devices.
Printed catalogs for the Lissner Collection are now available. To order a catalog, please visit cngcoins.com and visit the Order a Printed Lissner Catalog page under the Printed Auctions category. Catalogs are $75 to North American addresses, and $100 to the rest of the world. Payment may be made by U.S. $ check or Visa/MasterCard.
We published an auction preview of the Lissner Collection sale in CoinsWeekly.
You can view the Lissner Collection sale on the CNG website.
There is also available a preview catalogue for world coins.
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The preview of the New World coins is available here.
If you want to learn more about Richard Lissner don’t miss this article written by his friend Mark Teller.