08-01-2015 – 09-01-2015
New York International Numismatic Convention Auction
German Crowns and Talers at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction in New York
Stack’s Bowers Galleries will offer The Rockway Collection Part II as part of its New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) auction, held January 9-10 and 12, 2015.
Well Struck and Lustrous Saxony Albertine Line Taler, 1696-IK. Dav-7653; KM-675; Schnee-987. NGC MS-64. Very Rare, struck to commemorate the birth of the Prince-Elector. Complex city view design. Estimate: $7,000.00 – $10,000.00
The collection consists of nearly 300 coins, primarily crowns and talers from Germany. A wide range of principalities, cities, states, duchies and bishoprics are represented. Among the coins are examples that are the finest certified for their respective types by the Numismatic Guarantee Corp.
Very Rare Brandenburg-Bayreuth Taler, 1712-PPW SR. Dav-2031; KM-131. NGC MS-64. Beautiful and classic design. Estimate: $9,000.00 – $12,000.00.
The collection was assembled over several decades, from the 1960 to the 1990s, and the collector’s fascination with history — particularly European, American and Chinese — led to the formation of several important collections. After the collector’s recent passing, Stack’s Bowers Galleries was contacted by his family, who worked with Vicken Yegparian, vice president of numismatics. “The collection came in with the coins in old paper envelopes,” said Yegparian.
Medallic Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel Taler, 1702. Dav-2931; KM-641; Welter-2073b. NGC MS-61. Very rare. Estimate: $7,000.00 – $10,000.00.
“After the consignment was written up, I realized that not only was the breadth of the collection impressive, but many of the coins were in superlative condition.” Richard Ponterio, executive vice president added, “Not since our offering of The John S. Davenport Collection has there been such an impressive array of German crowns and talers. We are honored to present this collection to the current generation of numismatists, and are certain the coins will attract spirited bidding.”
Prooflike Nurnberg Taler, 1711-GFN. Dav-2475; KM-275. NGC MS-64PL. Finest certified. Estimate: $2,000.00 – $3,000.00.
“German coins are a very widely collected series,” noted Kent Ponterio, senior numismatist and consignment director at Stack’s Bowes Galleries. “The wonderful thing about this collection is that even with such an impressive assortment, the majority of the coins presented are within the budget of a large number of collectors. Large-size Mint State coins from the 17th and 18th centuries can be had for under a thousand dollars, in some cases. In addition, The Rockaway Collection also contains many important rarities, which will appeal to serious specialists of German coins.”
Aside from The Rockway Collection, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the NYINC includes many other important collections, including The Ray Czahor Collection of Philippine Countermarked Coinage, The Stanley Aberdeen Collection, The John Adams Collection of Spanish Colonial Proclamation Medals, The Ancient Coins from The Richard Aghababian Collection, and further selections from The Demarete Collection. Other important properties include a fine selection of Spanish and American Administration Philippines coins, gold coins of Brazil, a wide range of coins from Russia, and a specialized collection of Judean coins.
For more information on this sale, or to request a catalog, contact a Stack’s Bowers Galleries associate at 800.458.4646 (West Coast), 800.566.2580 (East Coast), or send an email.
All lot descriptions and images can be viewed online at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website.