Here's the press release for Stephen Album Rare Coins upcoming Auction 39. Some great coins as always, and many lots of literature for the researcher and bibliophile. -Editor
Stephen Album Rare Coins will hold its Auction 39 on January 21-25, 2021 at its offices in
Santa Rosa, California. The auction is made up of an even 4,500 lots of Ancient, Islamic, Chinese, General World, and Indian Coins as well as Numismatic Literature. Featured in this sale is The John
Sylvester Jr. Collection of Annamese Medals and Orders, highlighted by several pieces never-before seen at auction.
Some highlights from the sale follow:
LOT 558. ISLAMIC: ASSASSINS AT ALAMUT (BATINID): al-Hasan III, 1210-1221, AV dinar (5.22g), Kursi al-Daylam, AH608, A-C1920, Vardanyan—, Both the obverse and reverse calligraphic style is
similar to contemporary Ghorid and Khwarizmshah gold coinage. The obverse has the royal titles, al-sultan / al-mu'azzam jalal / al-dunya wa'l-din / al-hasan bin muhammad, with the mint/date
formula in the margin. The reverse is traditionally Sunni, la ilah illa Allah / muhammad rasul Allah / al-nasir li-din Allah / amir al-mu'minin, with bism Allah al-rahman al-rahim followed by
part of the Qur'an verse 9:33 in the margin. This example is exquisitely struck and is likely the finest known Batinid coin of any of the six rulers who issued coins., EF, RRRR. Estimated at
$18,000 - 20,000.
LOT 914. INDIA: MYSORE: Tipu Sultan, 1782-1799, AR double rupee (22.55g), Nagar, AH1200 year 4, KM-107, Persian legends; huwa al-sultan al-waheed al-adil suyeem bahari sal dalaw sanah 4
julus // ahmad deen dar jahan ast roshan za rateh haidar (letter he) zarb nagar sal dalaw sanah 1200 hijri, extremely rare mint for all silver coinage of Mysore, especially the double rupee, NGC
graded AU55, RRR. Estimated at $10,000 - 12,000.
LOT 1182. CHINA: CHIHLI: Kuang Hsu, 1875-1908, AR dollar, Peiyang Arsenal mint, Tientsin, year 24 (1898), Y-65.2, L&M-449, dragon eyes in relief, a superb quality example with bright
white original mint luster, a gorgeous example! PCGS graded MS63+. Estimated at $18,000 - 22,000.
LOT 1466. WORLD: NGUYEN DYNASTY (DAI NAM): Thieu Tri, 1841-1848, AR 5 tien (18.93g), KM-286, Schroeder-261, 45mm, a lovely toned high grade mint state example of this large Annamese silver
type! PCGS graded MS64, ex Gustaf Melin Collection. Estimated at $12,000 - 14,000.
LOT 4238. LITERATURE: Kraay, Colin M., Greek Coins, New York, 1966, Harry N. Abrams
Publisher, First Edition, 396 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. David Sear, authors of the most widely used reference books on ancient coins, wrote about his book on his website: "Undoubtedly, the
ultimate book in this field is the monumental "Greek Coins", with authoritative text by Colin Kraay and superb photographic illustrations (including many enlargements) by the renowned photographer
Max Hirmer. Published in 1966, this large format work has been long out of print and is in great demand. Estimated at $300 – 500.
The firm is now taking consignments for its Auction 40, which will be held May 13-15, 2021. More information can be found on their website at www.stevealbum.com
Wayne Homren, Editor
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