Stephen Album Rare Coins has a sale coming up as well, but first, here's a press release with results of last month's Auction 40.
Strong bidding was seen at Stephen Album Rare Coins’ Auction 40, which was held May 13-15, 2021 at their offices in Santa Rosa, California. The total price realized was $1.56 million (including buyer’s fees) on an estimate of $1.1 million. The sell through rate was more than 96% in the floor sessions. The firm set yet another company record number of internet bidders participating in the sale, and trend which started in 2020 as more coin enthusiasts took to the internet to satisfy their coin buying needs.
A few highlights from the auction follow (prices before buyer’s fees):
LOT 1. ANCIENTS: ATHENS: AR tetradrachm (17.20g), ca. 440-404 BC, S-2526, HGC 4-1597, helmeted bust of
Athena right // owl standing right with head facing, AQE before, olive spray and crescent behind, a gorgeous coin
displaying masterful die work and fantastic eye appeal, Strike: 5/5, Surface: 5/5, Star designation, NGC graded Mint
State*. Estimated at $800 - 1,200. Sold for $2,800.
LOT 606. ISLAMIC: GIRAY KHANS (CRIMEA): Shahin Giray, 1777-1783, AR 60 para (altmishlik, rouble) (22.89g),
Baghcha-Saray, AH1191 year 5, A-2111, Ret-157, Sariev-454, 3rd monetary series; standard obverse, toughra
reverse, with a floral sprig left & right, each with a flower, lightly cleaned, oblique reeding, lovely VF-EF, RR, ex Dick
Nauta Collection, acquired from us in 1986. Estimated at $2,800 - 3,250. Sold for $9,500.
LOT 915. INDIA: MUGHAL: Jahangir, 1605-1628, AR rupee (11.30g), Kashmir, AH102(9) year 15 (1620), KM-150.8,
cf. Zeno-145322, zodiac type (Gemini), struck in the month of Khurdad (May 22-June 21); twins embracing, radiate
sun in background // jahan faroz gasht ba-kashmir sikkah-i-zar, za naam-i-jahangir shah shah akbar (In Kashmir, the
gold coin has become world-illuminating, by the light of the name of Shah Jahangir [the son of] Shah Akbar); edge
repaired, PCGS graded VF details. Estimated at $3,000 - 5,000. Sold for $5,500.
LOT 1083. CHINA: QING: Xian Feng, 1851-1861, AE 1000 cash (71.27g), Board of Revenue mint, Peking, H-22.721,
60mm, Prince Qing Hui mint, sun & moon mintmark, cast May-August 1854, brass (huáng tóng) color, a very
attractive example! VF, ex Karl Adolphson Collection. Estimated at $500 – 700. Sold for $16,000.
LOT 1362. WORLD: IRAQ: Faisal I, 1921-1933, AR riyal, 1932/AH1350, KM-101, finest known example, proof
condition, luxurious golden toning on both sides, from an estimated 20 pieces struck as proofs, NGC graded Proof
66. Estimated at $10,000 - 15,000. Sold for $20,000.
LOT 1800. WORLD: UNITED STATES: AR ingot (158.69g), Opitz p.223 (plate example), 33x50x9mm, issued by the
Nevada Silver Co., stamped 999 FINE / 5.09 OZS. / VAL. $6.56 on obverse, with the serial number 266 at the top,
slate-gray toning and a touch of rainbow coloring, VF, ex Charles Opitz Collection. Estimated at $750 - 1,000. Sold
LOT 1959. ETHNOGRAPHIC: TAIWAN: jacket money
cloth, Opitz pg. 166-67 (lower plate example), Dubin pg.
237, 89 x 35cm (35" x 13 3/4"), made from more than 30,000 small polished shell and stone beads (by our
conservative estimation) by the Atayal people ca. late 19th century, EF, RRR, ex Charles Opitz Collection. Estimated
at $1,000 - 1,500. Sold for $2,200.
CEO Joseph Lang was pleased with the results.
We didn’t have any big ticket items in this auction, but there was a
good variety of nice collector coins, and the majority sold around the high estimate or even higher.
The firm is taking consignments through July 1 for its Auction 41 which will be held on September 16-18, 2021. For
more information see
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
STEPHEN ALBUM RARE COINS AUCTION 40
MODERN RARE COINS IN ALBUM AUCTION 40
Wayne Homren, Editor
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