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30 Apr 2013, 10:30 - 12:00 BST
Kellogg & Humbert Gold Ingot, No. 920, 68.11 oz, .886 Fine, $1247.44 Face Value
CAGB - 687. 98mm x 42mm x 30mm. A beautiful and highly important example from the greatest gold treasure ever found. Rich yellow-gold overall with some deep russet-brown scale on the back as is seen on many of the ingots recovered from the S.S. Central America. Cast as a rectangle almost four inches in length and two inches wide (slightly longer than a standard credit card). Face: No. 920 / 68.11 Oz. / 886 FINE / $1247.44 on four lines with the KELLOGG & HUMBERT ASSAYERS logo in a rectangle between lines one and two. The viewer's lower right corner was taken for assay reasons. Back: 920 at top, typical casting indentation at the center caused by shrinkage of the metal when it cooled in the mold, upper viewer's right corner taken for assay purposes. A very pleasing example of these sometimes hefty ingots, this one small enough to fit comfortably in one's hand.
Sold for US$ 140,400 inc. premium
1856 San Francisco Vigilance Committee Medal, Membership Number 1884
Sold for US$ 23,400 inc. premium
MCMVII (1907) High Relief $20, Wire Rim MS63 PCGS
Although produced in far greater numbers than its Ultra High Relief predecessor, the MCMVII High Relief double eagle still did not see active commercial use. In fact, the coins seems to have been struck at the express request of President Theodore Roosevelt. The president considered the redesign of United States coinage as one of his pet projects, and he was growing impatient at the delays encountered with adapting and finalizing the original Saint-Gaudens design for regular issue production. The High Relief pieces were struck to mollify the president, and most were used as presentation pieces (examples were even gifted to the captains of the battleships in the Great White Fleet that circumnavigated the globe from December 1907 to February 1909). While most extant High Relief twenties are Mint State from never having seen circulation, most survivors are also abraded or otherwise limited in grade by having been owned by the general public as opposed to numismatists. A noteworthy departure, this gorgeous piece is fully Select in quality with virtually no distracting abrasions or other blemishes to report. Bathed in handsome rose-gold patina, and with a full strike and billowy mint luster, this enchanting piece is sure to have no difficulty finding its way into an advanced cabinet. (PCGS 9135)
Sold for US$ 18,720 inc. premium
A Great War D.S.O., M.C. and bar group of five to Major H.R.Macintyre, Royal Army Medical Corps,
Sold for £3,840 (US$ 5,040) inc. premium
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