Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Present Nearly 6,000 Lots of Ancient and World Coins in the August 2023 Global Showcase Auction

Author: By Stack’s Bowers Galleries / July 20, 2023

Costa Mesa, CA – Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present an astounding array of Ancient and World coins in their August 2023 Global Showcase Auction. Nearly 6,000 lots will be presented spanning eight sessions, including a special offering of coinage from The British Royal Mint. In total, high estimates for these sessions exceed $13 million.

While highlights exist at every turn, British rarities may stand above all else with an exceptionally rare heavyweight Cromwell Gold Broad Pattern of 50 Shillings (believed to be one of only about a dozen examples known) leading the sale with an estimate of $300,000-$500,000. Accompanying it from the British Isles is a wholesome example of the famed 1663 silver “Petition” Pattern Crown, with an established pedigree dating back to 1893.

A rare and historical “EID MAR” Denarius of Brutus leads the Ancients section, followed by a Roman Republic Military Mint Aureus of Sulla, one of only a handful known of the denomination. Other Ancient coin highlights include a dual-portraited Tetradrachm of Cleopatra and Marc Antony and a Romulus Augustus Tremissis in NGC Choice AU, a rare issue from the final emperor of the Western Roman Empire in enviable condition for the type. Also offered are an elegant and always popular Fine Style Pantikapaion Stater and a Siliqua of Priscus Attalus, a Roman usurper whose coinage is almost never encountered.

Continuing in Western Europe, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to offer an imposing 1635-R 50 Reales (Cincuentin), the largest silver issue produced under Spain and an impressive feat of roller press engineering. Complementing its heft are a charmingly toned 1643 Oxford Mint Triple Unite in PCGS AU-55 and a handsome 1643 Oxford Mint Pound in PCGS EF-45, respectively the largest hammered gold and silver types of England. Among Portuguese coins will be found a stunning pair of rare medieval gold coins of Fernando I “the Handsome”: a reportedly unique 1/2 Dobra Pé-Terra in PCGS MS-64 and a magnificent Dobra Pé-Terra in PCGS MS-65. From Germany comes an immense and wholly problem-free Brunswick-Luneburg 1647-LW “Mining” 4 Talers, along with a rare 1617 “Protestant Reformation Centennial” Taler of Pomerania.

To the east, a monumental Russia Novodel 1836 “Family Ruble” is accompanied by an impressive Danzig 1645-GR Wladislaus IV 4 Ducats. From even farther east are found a Straits Settlements 1900-H 50 Cents in NGC Specimen-66 and a China “Plumed Hat” Dollar in NGC MS-63.

Coins of Peru feature an incredible Gem 1838-CUZCO “Sunface” 8 Escudos in NGC MS-65, while the Venezuela section presents a tantalizing Crown-sized Paris Mint Specimen 1876-A Venezolano. From Mexico hails a 1764-Mo MF “Rat Nose” 8 Escudos, alongside a pair of enticing War of Independence issues: a 1812 Sombrerete de Vargas 8 Reales in NGC MS-62 and a flashy Gem 1820-Zs RG Zacatecas 8 Reales in NGC MS-65. From the north, an exemplary grouping of Canadian rarities is offered, including an example of the elusive key date 1921 50 Cents, as well as high-grade Specimen strikes of the 1902-H 10 Cents, 1902-H 25 Cents, 1911-C Sovereign, 1912 10 Dollars, 1929 10 Cents, 1929 25 Cents, and 1929 50 Cents, all graded PCGS Specimen-68.

Other Notable Lots from the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2023 Global Showcase Auction include:

CANADA. Sovereign, 1908-C. Ottawa Mint. Edward VII. PCGS SPECIMEN-67

CANADA. Newfoundland. Silver Specimen Set (4 Pieces), 1882-H. Birmingham (Heaton) Mint. Victoria. All PCGS Certified.

GERMANY. Mecklenburg-Strelitz. 20 Mark, 1874-A. Berlin Mint. Friedrich Wilhelm. PCGS EF-45

GERMANY. Wurttemberg. 1/2 Taler, 1737-IFB. Karl Rudolf. PCGS AU-55

GREAT BRITAIN. Pound, ND (1594-96). London Mint; mm: Woolpack. Elizabeth I. PCGS MS-61

GREAT BRITAIN. Unite, ND (1631-32). London Mint; mm: Flower. Charles I. PCGS MS-62

GREAT BRITAIN. Triple Unite, 1642. Oxford Mint; mm: Banded Plumes. Charles I. PCGS AU-50

GREAT BRITAIN. Guinea, 1714. London Mint. George I. PCGS AU-58

ITALY. Gold 100 Lire Prova (Pattern), 1925-R. Rome Mint. Vittorio Emanuele III. NGC MATTE PROOF-62

SPAIN. 50 Reales (Cincuentin), 1631-A+. Segovia Mint. Philip IV. PCGS Genuine–Test Cut, EF Details

Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ entire August 2023 Global Showcase Auction is available for viewing and bidding at For more information about the auction and to register for bidding, visit or email [email protected].

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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