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MDC Monaco June 12 Auction is Open for Bidding - Over 800 Hand-Selected Rarities Are On Offer

by Nicolas Gimbert

Published on May 7, 2021

Our experts have carefully selected 827 rare and prestigious coins and medals we would like to introduce you in exclusive preview with some of the auction highlights.
Our experts have carefully selected 827 rare and prestigious coins and medals we would like to introduce you in exclusive preview with some of the auction highlights.


MDC Monnaies de Collections Monaco presents its next major numismatic auction by expert Nicolas Gimbert, an auction provided by the ministry of Maître Lefèvre, Monaco.


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MDC Monnaies de Collections Monaco presents its next major numismatic auction by expert Nicolas Gimbert, an auction provided by the ministry of Maître Lefèvre, Monaco. Auction live with the clerks of Biddr Switzerland and Auex Germany and on all reference numismatic platforms. Our experts have carefully selected 827 rare and prestigious coins and medals we would like to introduce you in exclusive preview with some of the auction highlights:


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Lot 54. Roman Empire, Constantine the Great (AD 307-337).

Medallion of 1 ½ solidi, 324, Siscia.

Obv. D N CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.

Rv. FELIX AD - VENTVS AVG N. Emperor on horseback waving left, a scepter in his left hand; in exergue (workshop).

Cohen 151 v. - Gnecchi 15 = this lot - RIC 27 = this lot - Alföldi CG 119 (pl.13, 201 = this lot) - Bastien, Donativa, pp.75-76 - Depeyrot p.153 = this lot; Gold - 6,78 g - 22 mm - 12 h.

From the consul E. Weber collections, Hirsch auction 24 (10 May 1909) n°3634, L. Vierordt, Schulman auction (Amsterdam, 5 March 1923) n°2641, Sincona auction 4 (25 October 2011) n°4131, Leu auction 72 (12 May 1998) n°509, Numismatica Genevensis auction 12 n°150

Of the utmost rarity, with an exceptional pedigree and remarkable quality. Extremely fine - Fleur de coin.

Starting price: 120000 €


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Lot 104. Australia, Victoria (1837-1901). 5 pounds essai, by Joshua Payne 1852 (1921), Melbourne.

Obv. GOVERNMENT ASSAY OFFICE / * ADELAIDE *. Crown and (date), signature J. PAYNE.

Rv. WEIGHT I OZ: 8 DWT: 4 GRS: / * 22 CARATS *. VALUE FIVE POUNDS.

Fr.2 - KM.Pn1 . Gold - 44,09 g - 33 mm - 12 h.

Top Pop: it is the only one graded!

PCGS SP66+. Fleur de coin. An exceptional coin, the rarest type of 5 pounds! Work by Joshua Payne. Special strike of 7 minted only, by the Melbourne mint in 1921 on the original die. This is the finest known specimen.

South Australia was officially established as a British colony on the 28 th December 1836 (known and commemorated as Proclamation Day). It became an autonomous colony in 1856 with the ratification of a new constitution by the British parliament, with secret ballot and a two-chamber parliament. In 1857, there are 109 917 inhabitants. The city of Adelaide owes its name to the queen Consort, wife of king William IV. It was founded in 1836 to welcome free British people.

In 1851, the discovery of gold sparked a gold rush and about 8 000 men left Adelaide hoping to make fortune. The gold nuggets they found helped reduce the economic crisis. An analysis office is founded in 1852 manufacturing ingots and then choosing to do this mint which met the need to convert the gold nuggets, without royal approval. It was a local engraver, Joshua Payne, using local equipment, who produced these gold coins with this first legal tender in the country for the Government Assay Office in Adelaide. Coins of 10 shillings, 1 pound and 5 pounds were planned but only the one-pound coin is minted and used. On our extremely rare pattern, weight and alloy are indicated as on the one-pound coin. For the Five pounds coin, it is 1 ounce, 8 pennyweights, and 4 grains (44.102 g), as well as the 22-karat fineness. Following this minting first step, a branch of the Royal Mint is established in Sidney and will begin producing gold sovereigns. In 1921, the Melbourne Mint struck seven dies of the five pounds coin, modeled on Joshua Payne’s coin from 1852. Another die is known at the Victoria Museum in Melbourne, extremely rare and of the greatest interest.

Starting price: 700 000 €

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Lot 123. Australia, Georges V (1910-1936). Sovereign private strike in SPECIMEN, 1920 (or 1926) Sydney.

Obv. GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT. OMN. F. D. IND. IMP. Bare head facing left, B.M. signature.

Rv. Saint George slaying the dragon, B.P. signature; in exergue (date).

S.4003 - KM.29 - Fr.38 ; Gold - 7,98 g - 22 mm - 12 h.

Top pop: this is the only graded coin and the most beautiful of the 4 minted known! From the Quartermaster collection, Monetarium (Australia) Pty. Ltd., 4th June 2009, N°196 (AU$ 800 000 + fees) and previously Paul Terry and R. Jaggard collection in 1989

PCGS SP66. Fleur de coin. Unique. This is the only Specimen strike known. There are just three other coins known of normal striking. It is the greatest rarity of the Sovereign series.

This is the rarest mint of the Sovereign series, even rarer than the London 1819 sovereign, of which ten to twelve coins are listed. Our coin, which comes from the 2009 Quartermaster collection, is the finest known one, in a SPECIMEN strike, a hypothesis indicating that it may have been minted in 1926 in London from Australian dyes. 1920 Sidney strike is not official, gold price following the end of the first world war led to the end of sovereign production in London in 1917, in Ottawa in 1919, in Bombay in 1918 then in 1920 in South Africa and in Australia.

The figure of 360 000 coins minted in Sidney in January 1920 is in fact for the 1919 edition. This series is in fact the result of a private commission from Jacob Garrard (1846-1931) for his wedding anniversary the 15 th April 1920. With his seven children, his wife and him, we can assume that nine coins were minted, each having received a coin and only four coins are known to exist today, this one being the most beautiful.

Starting price: 500 000 €


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Lot 136. Austria, Bohemia, Ferdinand III (1637-1657) . 10 ducats, 1639, Prague.

Obv. FERDIN. III. D. G. R. IMPERATOR. S. A. Bust facing right.

Rv. GER. HVN. BOHE. MIÆ. REX. A (date). Double-headed crowned eagle.

Fr.56e - Her.30 ; Gold - 34,54 g - 47 mm - 10 h.

Top Pop: this is the only graded one!

NGC MS 63. Exceptional coin, with all its original luster . About Fleur de coin.

Hallmark of the master engraver Hans Jacob Stadler.

Starting price: 130 000 €


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Lot 137. Austria, Ferdinand III (1637-1657). 10 ducats, 1645, Vienna.

Obv. FERDINANDVS. III. D. G. R.- I. S. OBV. G. HV. BO. REX. Laureate draped and cuirassed bust facing right.

Rv. ARCHID. AVS. DVX. - BVR. CO. TYR. (date). Double-headed crowned eagle, holding scepter and sword.

Fr.209 - KM.926 ; Gold - 34,60 g - 47 mm - 3 h.

This is the second highest grade!

NGC AU 58. Orange-colored patina. Coin that has retained its original brilliance. Extremely fine.

The strike is probably amened 1645 on 1643. The stork on the obverse is master engraver Hans Jacob Stadler’s hallmark.

Starting price: 100 000 €


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Lot 138. Austria, Leopold I (1618–1632). 10 ducats, 1659, Vienna.

Obv. LEOPOLDVS. D. G. ROM - IM. SE. OBV. GE. HV. B. REX. (date). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.

Rv. ARC: DVX. AVST. D. - .BVR: S: K: C: C: TYRO: (date) Double-headed crowned eagle, holding scepter and sword.

Fr.258 - KM.503 ; Gold - 34,57 g - 44 mm - 5 h.

NGC AU DETAILS CLEANED. Magnificent coin, an old slight cleaning, having retained its original luster. Extremely fine.

Starting price: 100 000 €


greysheet newsLot 139. Austria, Leopold I (1618–1632). 10 ducats, 1660, Vienna.

Obv. LEOPOLDVS. D. G. ROM - IMP. S. A. G. H. B. REX. (date). Laureate draped and cuirassed bust facing right.

Rv. ARCHID. AVST. DVX. BVRG. STYR. COM. TYROL. Double-headed crowned eagle, holding scepter and sword.

Fr. 258 - Her.6 ; Gold - 34,08 g - 43 mm - 6 h.

Top Pop: this is the finest graded coin!

NGC MS 61. Beautiful orange-colored patina, very rare and stunning coin. Extremely fine.CA hallmark of the master engraver Andrea Cetto. Starting price: 100 000 €


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Lot 140. Austria, Leopold I (1618–1632). 5 ducats, 1669, Graz.

Obv. LEOPOLDVS. - .D. G. R. I. S. A. G. H. ET. B. REX (date). Laureate draped and cuirassed bust facing right.

Rv. ARCHI. AVS. DVX. BVR. STYRIÆ. Ec. Crowned shield circled with the Golden Fleece collar.

Fr.314 - KM.- ; Gold - 17,03 g - 44 mm - 12 h.

Top Pop: this is the only graded one!

NGC MS 64. A spectacular coin of great beauty. Intact strike brilliance. Fleur de coin.

Starting price: 100 000 €

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Lot 352. France, Henri V (1820-1883). Gold 5 francs piefort PROOF, 1832, Brussels (Würden).

Obv. HENRI V ROI DE FRANCE. Bust in uniform of Henri V facing left.

Rv. 5 - F. France coat of arms in a two branches crown.

Maz.906C ; Gold - 71,85 g - 37 mm - 6 h.

Top Pop: this is the finest graded coin !

NGC PF 63+ CAMEO. Imposing and extremely rare piefort. Extremely fine - Fleur de coin

Starting price: 100 000 €


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Lot 385. France, Second Empire - Napoleon III (1852-1870). 100 francs laureate head piefort, PROOF ULTRA CAMEO, 1861, A, Paris.

Obv. NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR. Laureate head facing right, below signature (star) and BARRE.

Rv. EMPIRE FRANÇAIS (date). Coat of arms.

G.1136P - Maz.1602A ; Gold - 42,8 g - 34,8 mm - 6 h.

NGC PF 65 ULTRA CAMEO. PROOF with ULTRA CAMEO effect. Piefort of the utmost rarity. Fleur de coin.

The pattern for this type is identical to the common strike, except for the privy mark since there is a small star under the truncation and a star and an anchor on the reverse around the year. We must note a very interesting detail: the 6 of the year is inscribed on an underlying 5! This coin is a proof, struck in piefort, with a plain edge.

Starting price: 200 000 €

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Lot 397. France, Third Republic (1870-1940). 100 francs Genie pattern, large font PROOF, 1878, Paris.

Obv. RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE. Winged Republic allegory standing to the right, engraving the word CONSTITUTION on a board, on his sides a beam and a rooster; in exergue: signature A.B. and Dupré.

Rv. LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ. Value in a crown and (date), underneath ESSAI between two anchors.

G.1137 - F.cf.552 - Fr.cf.590 ; Gold - 32,25 g - 35 mm - 6 h.

This is the second highest grade!

NGC PF 65+ CAMEO. Of the utmost rarity struck for the Exposition Universelle. Exceptional quality. PROOF and Fleur de coin

Starting price: 100 000 €


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Lot 398. France, Third Republic (1870-1940). 100 francs Génie PROOFLIKE, 1894, A, Paris.

Obv. RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE. Winged Republic allegory standing to the right, engraving the word CONSTITUTION on a board, on his sides a beam and a rooster; in exergue: signature A.B. and Dupré.

Rv. LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ. Value in a crown.

G.1137 - F.552 - Fr.590 ; Gold - 32,25 g - 35 mm - 6 h.

Top Pop: this the highest graded coin!

NGC MS 65 PL. Exceptional quality for that year, Almost Fleur de coin, Prooflike.

Starting price: 100 000 €

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Lot 478. Great Britain, William III (1694-1702). Fine-work Five-Guineas 2nd bust 1701, London.

Obv. GVLIELMVS. III. DEI. GRATIA Laureate bust facing right.

Rv. MAG. BR. FRA. ET. HIB. REX (date). Crowned shields cruciform, sceptres in angles.

Fr.310 - S.3456 - KM.508; Gold - 6 h.

Top Pop: this is the finest graded one!

NGC MS 64+. “Fine-work”, large wig and full scepters. Inscribed edge: + DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. ANNO. REGNI. DECIMO. TERTIO +. Magnificent patina. Exceptional brilliance strike! Fleur de coin, this is the finest known specimen.

This remarkable portrait of William III is a creation of the renowned mint-master named in 1696: Isaac Newton. He takes his role earnestly and has numerous counterfeiters investigated and convicted, also thanks to his talents in mechanics, he supervises the engraving of a new portrait of the king. This fine-work depiction was of a never reached before level of realism by the British mint. This realistic portrait of William III is a detailed depiction of the wig locks and the bust deep reliefs.

Starting price: 200 000€


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Lot 480. Great Britain, Anne (1702-1714). Five-guineas, 1706, London.

Obv. ANNA. DEI. GRATIA. Bust facing left.

Rv. MAG. BRI. FRA. ET. HIB. REX (date). Crowned shields cruciform, sceptres in angles.

Fr.317 - S.3560 ; Gold - 37 mm - 6 h.

NGC MS 60. Edge devise : DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. ANNO. REGNI. QVINTO. A rare type. One of the finest known. Minimal contact marks. Extremely fine

Starting price: 150000 €


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Lot 489. Great Britain, George III (1760-1820). Gold pattern of the dollar with double obverse, PROOF ND (1804), London.

Obv. GEORGIUS III. D: G. REX. Laureate draped and cuirassed bust facing right; K. signature.

Rv. GEORGIUS III. D: G. REX. Laureate draped and cuirassed bust facing right; C. H. K. signature.

W&R.146 GOLD - KM cf. Pn66/Pn67 - Forrer III p.234-242 ; Gold - 9 mm - 12 h.

Top Pop: this is the finest graded one!

NGC PF 66* ULTRA CAMEO. With the two obverse dies signed K and CHK. Proof essai of the utmost rarity. This is the finest known specimen!

Conrad Heinrich Küchler was born in Flanders circa 1740. He worked in Darmstadt, Mannheim, Frankfurt from around 1760 to 1775, then in France and later in England from 1793, especially for Matthew Boulton at the Soho workshop where he is the author of numerous works for many countries such as Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Russia, France. For England, he created several portraits of George III, of which these patterns for the dollar: devise is short on the obverse and long on the reverse and just a lock of hair below the shoulder truncature for the portrait. He dies in Handsworsth in 1810.

Starting price: 300 000€


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Lot 495. Great Britain, Victoria (1837-1901) . Five pounds “Una and the lion” PROOF, 1839, London.

Obv. VICTORIA D: G: BRITANNIARUM REGINA F: D: Bust facing left ; signature W. WYON R. A.

Rv. DIRIGE DEUS - GRESSUS MEOS. The queen left leading a lion with her scepter; in exergue (date) and signature W. WYON R. A.

Fr.386 - S.3851 - W&R.278 - Schl.148; Gold - 37 mm - 12 h.

NGC PF 64 ULTRA CAMEO. Inscribed edge : DECUS ET TUTAMEN ANNO REGNI TERTIO. Exceptional coin, under-graded according to us. Proof and Fleur de coin.

Designed by William Wyon (1795-1851) in 1839 to celebrate queen Victoria’s reign start (in 1837), “Una and the lion” five pounds coin is known as one of the finest British coins. Victoria, accompanied by a lion, walks left, with the motto "May God lead my steps". The young queen, then aged twenty, is portrayed as Lady Una from a character in the poem The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spencer in 1590. This daring design is the first depiction of a British monarch as a fictional character: the lion embodying England is directed by queen Victoria, as Una, who guides it with her scepter.

Starting price: 300 000€


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Lot 558. India, Victoria (1837-1901). Rupee pattern, PROOF, 1839, Bombay.

Obv. VICTORIA QUEEN. Head facing left.

Rv. EAST INDIA COMPANY (date). In a two branches crown: ONE RUPEE.

KM Pn14 - SW 2.8 = this lot. - Pr.181 ; Silver - 30 mm - 6 h.

Ex. Brand/Fore. Top Pop: The only one graded!

NGC PF 65. An extremely rare pattern. Fleur de coin.

This pattern is prepared by an Indian engraver, possibly Jewran Shamji, at the Bombay mint. Documents are lacking on this pattern which was not implemented, but which represents an important milestone in the British India coin collection.

Starting price: 150000 €


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Lot 779. Transylvania, Leopold I (1657-1705). 10 ducats, 1695, KV, Klausenburg (Cluj-Napoca).

Obv. LEOPOLDVS. D. G. ROM. I. S. AVG. GER. HVN. BO. REX. Laureate draped and cuirassed bust facing right.

Rv. DVCATVS. NOV9. TRANSVLVANIÆ. (date). Double-headed crowned eagle, holding scepter and sword, Transylvania coat-of-arms.

Fr.482 - Resch 13 - Huszar 836 ; Gold - 34,37 g - 44 mm - 12 h.

NGC MS 63. K-V for Kolos Var privy mark, Klausenburg mint. Coin of a great beauty. Extremely fine - Fleur de coin.

Starting price: 120000 €


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Lot 810. Annam, Minh Mang (1820-1841). Gold 5 tien, 1830.

Av. Minh Mạng thông báo. Inscription around radiant sun.

Rv. Long Văn (dragon sapèque). Dragon around radiant sun, right and left Long and Văn, clouds.

Fr.- (cf.1) - Sch.cf.188 (silver) ; Gold - 19 g - 35 mm - 12 h.

Provenance: MDC 4 n° 1198

NGC UNC Details - Removed from jewelry. Extremely rare and of remarkable quality, with a well centered strike, an old tiny mount mark. Seems to be the only known coin. Very fine - extremely fine.

Starting price: 20 000 €

SATURDAY 12th JUNE 2021

VIITH NUMISMATIC AUCTION

MONACO PLACE DU CASINO SALON BELLEVUE

Expert Nicolas Gimbert

Fees: 20% commission (24% including VAT).

Private exhibition

1 - upon appointment until Thursday 10th June included: MDC 27 avenue de la Costa Monaco

2 – Friday 11th June 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and Saturday 12th June 8 a.m. to 9.30 a.m: salon Bellevue café de Paris 1 st floor Casino square in Monaco

Contact Cécile Potocki email info@mdc.mc phone 00377 93 25 00 42



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