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The Most Stunning Coin You've Ever Seen?

mavs2583mavs2583 Posts: 200 ✭✭✭✭

I saw a video a couple years back of a D.L. Hansen 1879 PR68 CAMEO Trade Dollar, and it has been stuck in my mind ever since. Unbelievable coin in amazing, pristine condition, can't believe it survived this way. Every so often I go back to the video just to look at the coin.

What is your example of the most stunning coin you've ever seen? Pictures would be helpful.

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  • vulcanizevulcanize Posts: 1,339 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @skier07 said:
    Unfortunately no picture but the Tyrant 1795 $10 is the most beautiful coin I have ever seen.

    I agree

    https://thetyrantcollection.com/eagles-of-the-tyrant/

    :)

  • ernie11ernie11 Posts: 1,905 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No picture, but the first time I saw a photo of the 1848 CAL. quarter eagle in MS-68, I thought it had been photoshopped, it looked so gorgeous.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I must say that the gold coins in the Tyrant collection are incredible.... That is a mild descriptive word... They only get incredible plus after that. I have not seen them in person, but the pictures are stunning. Cheers, RickO

  • rwheelrwheel Posts: 28 ✭✭✭

    I don't have a coin to show but am searching for a 3cs I saw at the Milwaukee show around 2010- it was in a NGC holder with an ms-68 grade. The thing about it was the deep ruby red toning on one side and brilliant blue on the other. got a fleeting glimpse before it was gone and haven't been able to find any pics or records. anyone seen it?

  • rwheelrwheel Posts: 28 ✭✭✭

    I don't have a coin to show but am searching for a 3cs I saw at the Milwaukee show around 2010- it was in a NGC holder with an ms-68 grade. The thing about it was the deep ruby red toning on one side and brilliant blue on the other. got a fleeting glimpse before it was gone and haven't been able to find any pics or records. anyone seen it?

  • airplanenutairplanenut Posts: 21,907 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’ve held the Smithsonian’s ultra high relief Saint. It’s the only coin that can make a high relief Saint look like nothing special. It’s an absolutely incredible work of art.

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  • FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,845 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Personally, I’m surprised at the number of people saying the UHR Saints. I’ve viewed the ANA specimen before, and I didn’t really view it as any more special than the patterns in the room. Sure, certainly top five, but the Amazonian patterns were definitely more impressive IMO. I guess just personal preference! Make me see the light I guess lol!

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  • joeykoinsjoeykoins Posts: 14,853 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2, 2022 12:25PM

    @ricko said:
    I must say that the gold coins in the Tyrant collection are incredible.... That is a mild descriptive word... They only get incredible plus after that. I have not seen them in person, but the pictures are stunning. Cheers, RickO

    Even the Presentation, of The Tyrant Collection, was exquisite!
    Second to none. <3

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  • BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,729 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A guy showed me his 64 'Peace dollar in secret once. It was pretty amazing, but I'm not allowed to talk about it.

    ;)

  • ElcontadorElcontador Posts: 7,416 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2, 2022 1:30PM

    Years ago, I saw a 1799 Heraldic Eagle Bust $ with even midnight blue toning on obverse and reverse. The luster showed through the toning. Coin well struck, not a mark on it. Was in an MS 64 holder due to the toning, which I thought was very attractive.

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  • Joey29Joey29 Posts: 458 ✭✭✭

    @Barberian said:
    This Pan Pac recently blew me away.

    Toning is incredible. What is the grade, is it certified?

  • fathomfathom Posts: 1,513 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Contursi had the SP66 1794 $1 at his table in Baltimore in the early 2000's in a special display.

    I lot viewed the Norweb half about the same period.

    I say it has to be the SP66 because of the extreme strike boldness and reflective surfaces, and of course the historical significance of the coin. A one-off unicorn..... spectacular.

  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @SmEagle1795 said:
    I held this stater of Pantikapaion in the coin room at the British Museum. A far worse example sold a decade ago for ~$4M.

    .
    for the sake of conversation, when it comes to ancients; what is it about that piece and/or pieces like it (scarcity, especially gold) that drives up the price so much. (7 figures is quite a statement)

    i have familiarity with usa coins and SOME world (7 figure) but ones like this are simply and completely out of my league. i'm sure there are a lot of super scarce types/metals/condition throughout the millennia so hearing (even if brief) backstory is always welcomes. ie: ides of march, fairly obvious why it is so valuable. historical significance and scarcity.

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  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @oih82w8 said:
    My 1837 CBH took me out of my comfort zone, in which I had to scramble to pay for it. No regrets.

    as you probably know, this run of CBH had a ROUGH life so finding ones with nice eye-appeal is no cake walk usually, especially when trying to buy a few and if one gets fortunate enough for the opportunity, their wallet will be significantly lighter. :) nice coin you have there!

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  • BarberianBarberian Posts: 3,039 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Joey29 said:

    @Barberian said:
    This Pan Pac recently blew me away.

    Toning is incredible. What is the grade, is it certified?

    PCGS MS68

    3 rim nicks away from Good
  • SmEagle1795SmEagle1795 Posts: 2,135 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 3, 2022 8:01AM

    @LanceNewmanOCC said:

    @SmEagle1795 said:
    I held this stater of Pantikapaion in the coin room at the British Museum. A far worse example sold a decade ago for ~$4M.

    .
    for the sake of conversation, when it comes to ancients; what is it about that piece and/or pieces like it (scarcity, especially gold) that drives up the price so much. (7 figures is quite a statement)

    i have familiarity with usa coins and SOME world (7 figure) but ones like this are simply and completely out of my league. i'm sure there are a lot of super scarce types/metals/condition throughout the millennia so hearing (even if brief) backstory is always welcomes. ie: ides of march, fairly obvious why it is so valuable. historical significance and scarcity.

    In this case, it's a combination of artistic significance and rarity. Rarity is (ironically) easy to come by in ancients/world but the top prices are realized from historical backstories (i.e. the Ides of March denarius, the opening games at the Colosseum, the ancient Olympics) or when a particular engraver has an artistic triumph, bringing it closer to the art market in cost when only a handful of examples of a type are known.

    The coin I posted is one of fewer than 10 known examples, novel because of the obverse's 3/4ths facing perspective. For the time, this was unheard of and exceptionally difficult to execute.

    It marks one of the juncture points in the development of art from the classical world. There are a handful of other types in a similar price tier which have been sought after for centuries due to how they've influenced artists for the subsequent millennia.

    Other examples of highly influential coins are the Naxos tetradrachm (where the obverse is engraved in an archaic style and the reverse in a classical style, marking the moment when ancient art transitioned between the two) and dekadrachms of Kimon and Euainetos (which had direct influences on thousands of pieces of art - including the Morgan Dollar).

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  • JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,812 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice ones!

  • joebb21joebb21 Posts: 4,733 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @SmEagle1795 what makes that coin a 4mm+ coin?

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  • fathomfathom Posts: 1,513 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @SmEagle1795 said:

    @LanceNewmanOCC said:

    @SmEagle1795 said:
    I held this

    In this case, it's a combination of artistic significance and rarity. Rarity is (ironically) easy to come by in ancients/world but the top prices are realized from historical backstories (i.e. the Ides of March denarius, the opening games at the Colosseum, the ancient Olympics) or when a particular engraver has an artistic triumph, bringing it closer to the art market in cost when only a handful of examples of a type are known.

    The coin I posted is one of fewer than 10 known examples, novel because of the obverse's 3/4ths facing perspective. For the time, this was unheard of and exceptionally difficult to execute.

    It marks one of the juncture points in the development of art from the classical world. There are a handful of other types in a similar price tier which have been sought after for centuries due to how they've influenced artists for the subsequent millennia.

    Other examples of highly influential coins are the Naxos tetradrachm (where the obverse is engraved in an archaic style and the reverse in a classical style, marking the moment when ancient art transitioned between the two) and dekadrachms of Kimon and Euainetos (which had direct influences on thousands of pieces of art - including the Morgan Dollar).

    Great post.

  • messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,681 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I still remember a proof Morgan (86, 87, 96?) at Legend's table many years ago. Surfaces and color looked like something you could only get with CGI. It was truly stunning. There was also a high grade 1839 Una and the Lion £5 that was particularly memorable. I've played with some coins that were far more cool, but can't recall much of anything more stunning.

  • MWallaceMWallace Posts: 3,854 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @joeykoins said:
    Yes, you're right about that Hansen Coin! Wowsie!!!
    Not the BEST coin I ever seen but most certainly the BEST ,"Toned Bugs Bunny" I ever seen!
    And yes, it's mine. Sorry, I'm bias. :D

    1955 FBL MS 65

    Thanks

    PLEASE stop showing that Bugs. As I've told you before I love it and I'm jealous.: )

  • TheMayorTheMayor Posts: 221 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Joey29 said:

    @Barberian said:
    This Pan Pac recently blew me away.

    Toning is incredible. What is the grade, is it certified?

    PCGS MS68

  • MFeldMFeld Posts: 12,022 ✭✭✭✭✭

    At the risk of incurring the wrath of multiple posters :# , thus far, I'm disappointed with the selection of "The Most Stunning Coin You've Ever Seen".

    Mark Feld* of Heritage Auctions*Unless otherwise noted, my posts here represent my personal opinions.

  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,817 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For me, the most stunning was actually a series of coins that I believe were at David Lawrence's table at the last show in Baltimore... a series of 4 Proof Barber Halves with Cameo appearance. I was literally walking through the aisles and stopped dead in my tracks...

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