A cracked die or first type Adelaide pound 1852 (lot 1250) realised $110,903 in Noble Numismatic sale 108 conducted at the State Library in Macquarie St Sydney on Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th March 2015. The total realised was $3.2 million which includes the buyer’s premium and GST on the premium payable by all purchasers.
The extremely rare Adelaide Pound cracked die 1852 is a private purchase from Monetarium in 2006. The top value coin is from John Saxton collection, a respected student of Australian coinage and a contributor to the CAB magazine. John lived for many years in the USA and now resides in Northern Queensland.
Another highlight of the auction is 1916I mule halfpenny (lot 1637; est. $60,000) which realised $64,395. The GEORGE V, Calcutta Mint mule halfpenny, 1916I, struck with the India quarter anna obverse die in error. Pinched planchet or flaw on rim at top.
Other highlights includes:
- A twenty cent mule with a Fiji reverse (lot 74; est. $3,000) easily exceeded estimate, finally realising $21,465 after a bidding war from $3,000.
- A fifty cents struck on a twenty cents blank (lot 78; est. $750) realised $5,009.
- 1910 florins (63) in (lot 302; est. $380) realised $1,550.
- Proof-like five mark of German New Guinea (lot 599; est. $1,500) realised $3,101.
- The New Zealand Waitangi crowns (lots 619; est. $4,000 and 620; est. $2,750) realised $5,724 and $5,486 respectively.
- Proof 1964 New Zealand threepence (lot 646; est. $200) realised $1,431.
- A George III Resolution and Adventure medal in bronze from the second, uncracked, reverse die (lot 683; est. $10,000) that was bought by a collector for $13,118.
- A Boer War tribute medal 1901 (lot 740; est. $350) realised $1,550.
- A collection of Coles Book Arcade medals (83) (lot 705; est. $500) realised $2,743.
- 1798 Mexico City (lot 1241; est. $30,000) realised $42,930
- 1805 Potosi (lot 1242; est. $35,000) realised $46,508.
- An 1855 Sydney Mint sovereign in good extremely fine condition (lot 1254; est. $30,000) realised $35,775.
- An error legend 1880 Sydney sovereign (lot 1301; est. $750) easily beat estimate realising $2,624.
- A 1922 Melbourne sovereign (lot 1346; est. $15,000) realised $19,080 and a 1918 Perth half sovereign (lot 1391; est. $3,000) realised $5,724.
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