NGC-graded British Gold Rarities Top Heritage Auctions Sale

Posted on 11/08/2020

NGC-certified coins dominated the world and ancient coins sale, with many lots far exceeding their pre-auction estimates.

British coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) led the way at the Heritage Auctions World Coins & Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction, held August 5, 2020. Highlighting the strength of NGC's world and ancient coin grading services, most of the lots in the sale were certified by NGC, including 15 of the top 20 highest-grossing coins, as well as all 58 ancient coins.

A very rare Great Britain 1768 Pattern Gold 2 Guinea graded NGC PF 64+★ Cameo realized $384,000, well above its pre-auction estimate. It dates from the early years of King George III's rule and represents the first attempt to produce a large-sized gold coin during his reign. These coins were never struck for circulation, likely because they were too valuable for virtually all transactions.

Great Britain 1768 Pattern Gold 2 Guinea graded NGC PF 64+★ Cameo. Realized: $384,000
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A coin bearing the likeness of George III's father and predecessor, a Great Britain 1729 East India Company 5 Guineas graded NGC MS 63, realized $216,000. The obverse shows King George II above the initials E.I.C., representing the economic powerhouse that became a major military force in India in the mid-1700s.

Great Britain 1729 East India Company 5 Guineas graded NGC MS 63. Realized: $216,000.
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Another important coin in the sale was a rare 1835.(C) India 2 Mohurs Restrike graded NGC PF 66★ that realized $204,000. The obverse shows King William IV while the reverse shows a lion below the words EAST INDIA COMPANY, a testament to its longstanding influence in India. Like the previous coin, it greatly exceeded its pre-auction estimate.

"NGC has by far the most advanced certification services for world and ancient coins, supported by the industry’s best team of expert graders," said NGC Chairman and Grading Finalizer Mark Salzberg. "The impressive results of this auction underscore the marketplace's preference for NGC's expert services."

Other NGC-certified world highlights in the sale included:

NGC-certified ancient highlights in the sale included:

Prices realized include buyer's premium and are expressed in US dollars.


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