Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Headline New York Numismatic Convention with Diverse Selection of World and Ancient Coins

Author: By Stack’s Bowers Galleries / December 20, 2022

Costa Mesa, CA – Capitalizing on the momentum of a record breaking 2022, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries World and Ancient Coin Department is pleased to offer a massive selection spanning nearly all areas of numismatics in their capacity as an Official Auctioneer of the 2023 New York International Numismatic Convention. Delivering more than 5,700 lots, this sale truly provides something for everyone at all budget levels. The auction offers 14 live and Internet sessions over the course of a week, with sessions to be held in New York City on January 13-15 and in Costa Mesa, California, from January 16 through 20.

Among the 845 lots of ancient coins will be found several premium rarities that are sure to attract much attention from those who love classical numismatics. Lot 20016 offers one of the most popular of all ancient coins, a Dionysios I Syracuse Dekadrachm Graded NGC EF, Strike 5/5 Surface: 4/5 Fine Style. Engraved and signed by Kimon, this example displays with clarity the workmanship and desirability of Kimon Dekadrachms. A wonderful Bosporos Stater from Pantikapaion, lot 20073, graded NGC AU Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5 Fine Style, is the highest estimated ancient lot in the January NYINC sale at $150,000-$175,000. Those who collect Roman coinage will be thrilled by lots 20181 and 20190, scarce Aurei of Pertinax and Carinus graded Ch EF and Ch AU respectively.

Several strong collections of world coins offer premium and seldom seen rarities. Leading the way is the Taraszka Collection of Polish Rarities. Nearly all the coins in this collection have been off the market for years, and we expect certain pieces will once again disappear into collections for a generation. A single 10 Ducat would be a rare offering; the Taraszka Collection, however, offers five pieces of this weight. In addition there are other rare multiple Ducat weight issues and single Ducats from elusive mints such as Malbork, Riga, and Vilnius.

The Sigma Collection offers a plethora of elusive and desirable Russian rarities that are certain to be in high demand when they cross the auction block. A Fabled Family Ruble from 1835, far rarer than the 1836, graded NGC MS-63 leads the way. As one of the few types of world coins to surpass the $1,000,000 mark in the past, the $400,000-$600,000 estimate reflects its potential. Additionally, the Sigma Collection offers a Mint State example of the 37-1/2 Rubles, the largest gold coin ever minted in imperial Russia. Some Pattern Novodel Rubles, including lot 22206 a 1807 Novodel Graded Specimen-53, are also among the highlights of the Sigma Collection and are certain to generate much enthusiasm.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries presents a strong Latin American offering in this sale, featuring several stunning patterns, including lot 21309, a Gold 5 Venezolanos Essai graded PCGS Specimen-65. With an estimated mintage of just 10, every Venezuelan collector would be thrilled to acquire this pattern. Lot 21312 offers another very rare Venezuelan pattern, a stunning Reeded Edge Venezolano Essai Graded PCGS PROOF-62. This lot when coupled with lot 21311 (the plain edge variety of the same type), graded NGC PROOF-63, offers a stunning pair that should hold great appeal for any collector of Latin American coinage. Lot 21097 delivers a beautiful Colombian Pattern 20 Pesos graded PCGS Specimen-62 with an estimate of $40,000-$60,000, illustrating the depth and breadth of the Latin American rarities offered.

With such an impressive offering, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York International Numismatic Convention auction figures to be a seminal event for anyone interested in world or ancient numismatics. All lots are available for viewing and bidding at For more information call 800-458-4646 or email

Other Auction Highlights Include:

ARGENTINA. Tierra Del Fuego. 5 Gramos, 1889. El Paramo (Popper) Mint. PCGS MS-62.

AUSTRIA. Salzburg. 1200th Anniversary of the Archbishopric Gold Medal of 6 Ducats Weight, 1782. Vienna Mint. Hieronymus Graf Colloredo von Wallsee und Melz. NGC MS-63★ Prooflike.

DENMARK. 2 Ducats, 1688. Copenhagen Mint. Christian V. NGC MS-63+.

GERMANY. Saxony. Gold Medallic 12 Ducats, 1630. Johann Georg I. NGC AU Details–Rim Damage.

GREAT BRITAIN. Sovereign (30 Shillings), ND (1584-86). London Mint; mm: escallop. Elizabeth I. PCGS AU-55.

GREAT BRITAIN. 5 Pounds, 1887. London Mint. Victoria. PCGS PROOF-62 Cameo.

HUNGARY. St. George/Christ & Apostles Gold Medal of 10 Ducats Weight, ND (ca. mid-late 17th Century). Kremnica Mint. PCGS AU-58.

NORWAY. Speciedaler, 1648-PG. Christiania Mint. Christian IV. NGC MS-63.

POLAND. Danzig. 25 Gulden, 1923. Berlin Mint. NGC PROOF-67 Cameo.

RUSSIA. Gold 4 Ducats Novodel, ND (“1613-45”) (struck ca. 19th Century). St. Petersburg Mint. Michael I Feodorovich. NGC MS-63.

SOUTH AFRICA. Second Boer War. “Veld” Pond, 1902. Pilgrim’s Rest Mint. NGC MS-63.

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s nearly 90-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. 

The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, with galleries in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris and Vancouver. Stack’s Bowers Galleries hosts an annual Global Showcase in August featuring United States coins and currency, Ancient coins and World coins and currency in its Costa Mesa auction gallery. They are also the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic events, including the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, the Spring and Fall Hong Kong shows, and the Maastricht Paper Money Shows. 

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