Rago Arts coins and currency auction Feb. 24 spans 2,500 years

Pan-Pacific Exposition Gold Medal, 1901. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

 

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – On Feb. 24, Rago will offer rare coins, medals and notes spanning nearly 2,500 years, from Alexander the Great to John. F. Kennedy. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Featured in the sale are several fine and rare examples of American, world and ancient coins, including the Pan-American Exposition Gold Medal (above) awarded to Eldridge R. Johnson for the Victor Talking Machine in 1901.

Also of note are an ancient silver tetradrachm from Athens (below); a 1956 Benjamin Franklin proof 50c coin minted in Denver and NGC rated at PR69; and a 1617 German-Strassburg Klippe struck to commemorate the centennial of Evangelism.

 

Alexander the Great-type silver tetradrachm, circa 325-323 B.C. Estimate: $100-$200. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

 

The Littman Collection of over 100 Morgan Silver Dollars, including several variety types, will sell in individual lots.

 

Morgan silver dollar engraved by George T. Morgan, 1878. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

 

“This auction is thick with lots of real historic interest,” said Chris Wise, director of Rago’s Coins and Currency Department, “We are selling a Denarius minted under Julius Caesar while on military campaign [below] and a solid gold medal awarded to Eldridge R. Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Co., who arguably created/established the early record industry. These are more than just coins, these are pieces of history.”

 

Ancient Greek silver denarius of Julius Caesar, circa 49 B.C. Estimate: $700-$900. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

 

Rago Arts and Auction Center will feature guest speaker Michael Fey on “How to Make Money with Coins” during an open house on Tuesday, Feb. 21. A reception will begin at 5 p.m. followed by his lecture at 6 p.m. To reserve a seat phone 609-397-9374 ext. 125 or email raac@ragoarts.com.