Rago auction Dec. 2 awash in gold coins, currency

U.S. 1907 Saint-Gaudens high relief $20 gold coin. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Prospects look good for sales of small denomination gold coins among a broad variety of numismatics on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Rago Arts and Auction Center. The auction of almost 500 lots includes coins and currency spans two millennia and over a dozen countries. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Prospective buyers will find several highly graded Colonial and American coins, a single-owner collection of Barber quarters and half-dollars, in addition to a selection of rare small denomination gold coins from short-run mints.

 

U.S. 1857-S Liberty $20 gold coin. Estimate: $1,600-$1,800. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

Highlights include a 1912 Sun Yat Sen Chinese $1 Coin (below) NGC graded at MS65 (only 10 higher graded examples of this coin exist); a 1777 Benjamin Franklin Terra-cotta Medallion designed by Jean-Baptiste; and a lightly circulated 1914 First National Bank of Manitowoc $10 Note with a serial number of 1.

1912 Sun Yat Sen Chinese $1 coin. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

“We’re excited to be offering a fine collection of small denomination gold coins from short-run branch mints of Charlotte and Dahlonega, including some of the rarest coins in the series. Seasoned collectors often wait years for the opportunity to bid on coins like Chris Wise, Rago’s director of Coins and Currency.

1777 Benjamin Franklin terra-cotta medallion. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 28, featuring historian and author Joseph A. Williams as guest speaker. His talk is titled Sunken Gold: The Story of the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History. The auction house opens at noon, reception at 5 p.m. and lecture at 6 p.m. RSVP by calling 609-397-9374, ext. 125 or email raac@ragoarts.com.

1776 New Jersey Colonial six-pound note. Estimate: $300-$500. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

For details contact Rago Arts and Auction Center at 609-397-9374 or info@ragoarts.com.