Rare South African coins began 2023 on a high note at the annual New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). Three exceptionally rare pieces of South African coinage highlighted the continued strong demand and interest in our nations coinage.
First to cross the auction block at the Heritage Auctions Platinum Night sale was this gem Fine Beard Burgerspond. Graded by the NGC as MS65, bidding was fierce and intense. Price achieved: $72,000 (R1.2m).
Second was a beautiful rendition of the enigmatic Sammy Marks Tickey. Certified as MS63 by PCGS, with its rich orange gold patination and sharp details, interest was incredibly strong. Price achieved: $31,200 (R535,000).
Third and lastly, a magnificent gem example of the famous and much loved Veldpond. Certified by NGC as MS65, this particular specimen was highly lustrous and coated in a sublime intense gold finish. Price achieved: $45,600 (R785,000).
Separately but part of the same Numismatic Convention, Stacks Bowers Galleries sold this beautiful 1892 Penny NGC MS64RED for $10,200 (R175,000), a particularly strong price for the coin and grade.
All in all, these particular auctions again highlighted the price levels that are achieved by truly rare and fine condition coins with a number of records having been broken.