November 21 is the closing date for the Heritage Santa Monica Collection of World and Ancient Coins in Showcase Auction # 61237. While there are lots of ancient coins in this sale, there are also some great World Coins that will grab our attention.
Of the nearly 300 coins in this auction, around 200 are ancient, with nearly 100 world coins ready to be picked. A good selection of types of gold bars from the early 20th century are included with the World Coins. Many of these have become quite collectable by date. For example the popular Czechoslovakian ducat KM8, minted from 1923 to 1939, with one last strike, which was produced in 1951.
The Santa Monica Collection offers six Czech KM8’s in five dates, all of exceptional quality, including two dates with MS64, which is very unusual. In circulation qualities, the KM8 Ducat only trades a small percentage above the melting point, but new items bring an enormous premium of more than twelve times the melting point.
Likewise, at the time of writing, there is a lovely selection of fifteen Umayyad dynasty gold dinars, all of high quality and reasonably priced. There are also some Ottoman, Abbasid, and Kakwayhid pieces here that round off the Islamic offering.
The Grand Duchy of Finland produced under Nicholas II in this auction and all of them carry very modest bids less than a week before closing.
Two weeks after the Santa Monica Collection closes, Heritage will sell Ed’s Treasures Collection of Ancient Coins in Showcase Auction # 61238. There is still enough time to browse the 254-coin collection and find out which treasures from Ed might pique your interest.
There are 70 Byzantine pieces, 63 Greek coins, only two Judean items, and 119 Roman selections from the Empire, Province, and Republic. The quality is excellent and the prices vary widely, giving advanced collectors the opportunity to win some very rare coins while beginners can focus on a few solid pieces to further advance their collecting.
Although we’re still twenty days from Ed’s Treasures to close, I am realizing that there are currently over 100 lots to be missed with bids under $ 10.
Take a look at these two upcoming sales at www.coins.ha.com and look forward to the coming months to find more opportunities to get hold of selected material for your collection and to treat yourself to additional study pieces for the long winter months to come.
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