Another amazing item from "Katz Auctions" --- remember that $10k 1933-S Walker?
Remember several years ago when our attention was diverted to the sale by Katz Coins when the firm sold a remarkable 1933-S Walking Liberty Half-Dollar at auction?? Well, I was doing a routine search which directed me to some recent auction results of a Columbian Exposition Medal in an alloy unseen before. Below is a link to the archived listing but I've also included the text and images.
Lot number: 818
Price realized: 20,200 EUR (Approx. 22,028 USD) Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description: United States Silver Medal "Cristoforo Colombo" 1892 Eglit-106, Rulau-B10; Silver 465.45 g, 102 mm.
By Luigi Pogliaghi (designer) and Angelo Cappuccio (engraver); 1892 World's Columbian Exposition. Cristoforo Colombo Medal. The only known piece in this weight in Silver. Known as the Stefano Johnson medals for the firm that produced them in Milan, Italy, this medal in its three sizes and various metallic compositions, is generally regarded as the most beautiful of all Columbian medals. Mint state.; UNC with an outstanding patina. Unique sample.
Starting price: 5000 EUR
This medal in this size in any alloy is very scarce/rare and typically comes in bronze, which is what I own. I have also seen it in copper plated white metal but never in silver. All told I feel certain there are less than 100 examples known, very impressive at slightly over 4" and easily half-an-inch thick. The sale reminds me that there are still items hidden away in collections which haven't been seen in many decades. This one is a true treasure.
Thanks and enjoy, post an Eglit 105-106-107 if you have one.