03 September 2021
A Scotland 1576 James VI £20 coin, said to be the largest gold issue of the British Isles, was recently sold at Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
The historic 1576 £20 piece was one of hundreds of NGC-certified vintage coins offered in two Stack’s Bowers auctions.
More than 600 world coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) drew collectors to Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ American Numismatic Association Auction of World Coins sales recently.
An eclectic mix of NGC-certified rarities were offered — from medieval Scottish and Austrian coins to Russian medals to Philippine countermarks and more.
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Leading the sales was a legendary piece that was part of the Loch Ness Collection, a group of more than 100 NGC-certified Scottish numismatic rarities spanning more than 500 years of history.
The Scotland 1576 James VI £20 – graded NGC VF 20 – is not only the largest gold issue of the British Isles, but also one of only seven known to exist in private hands. It realised $180,000 (approximately £130,700).
Other highlights of the sale
- a Philippines (1832-34) 2 Reales with Type 5 Countermark graded NGC VF 25 on a Peru 1826LIMA JM 2 Reales (lot 41298) that realized $168,000
- a Philippines (1834-37) 8 Reales with Type 6 Countermark graded NGC XF 40 on a Mexico 1812 8 Reales (lot 41310) that realized $90,000
- a Mexico 1916 TM Oaxaca 60 Pesos graded NGC MS 62 (lot 41212) that realized $69,000
- a Philippines (1834-37) 8 Reales with Type 6 Countermark graded NGC AU 53 on a Central American Republic 1831 Cost Rica 8 Reales (lot 41306) that realized $60,000
- a Russia 1856-dated Coronation of Alexander II Gold Medal graded NGC MS 61 (lot 41447) that realized $60,000
- a Venezuela 1876A Venezolano graded NGC MS 63 (lot 41639) that realized $50,400
- a Mexico 1732MO F Milled 8 Reales graded NGC AU 55 (lot 41138) that realized $48,000
- a Philippines (1834-37) 8 Reales with Type 6 Countermark graded NGC VF 30 on an Argentina 1813PTS J 8 Reales (lot 41299) that realized $48,000
- a Scotland 1584 Noble graded NGC VF 25 (lot 41516) that realized $45,600
Prices realised include buyer’s premium.