One of Peter III's last coins, a 10 roubles piece, is a sale highlight in Zurich


2015-06-26 12:05:57


One of Peter III's last coins, a 10 roubles piece, is a sale highlight in Zurich

From the year he was declared dead - to his surprise - the rarity stars alongside other Russian coins

An exciting set of sales offering collectible coins, especially gold coins are scheduled for this week in Zurich.

Hess Divo is actually offering three sales in quick succession, beginning with a sale of ancient coins, and followed by auctions of gold coins and medals, and of medieval and modern coins and medals in succession.

The most covetable pieces are in the second and third auctions which take place on the same day. There are no fewer than four coins which are expected to bring an impressive CHF50,000 ($51,000).

Two of these are 19th century Russian coins: 12 Rouble pieces, one from 1837 and one from 1843, which both fall within the reign of Nicholas I. A crowned double eagle with orb and sceptre appear on the obverse, whilst a declaration of the value and year is on the reverse.

Minted in platinum, the coins are extremely rare as only 122 of the 1843 version and 53 of the 1837 are known to exist.

Peter III 10 roubles Russian gold coinPeter III 10 roubles Russian gold coin (Click to enlarge)

From even further back in Russia's history comes a gold coin from the reign of Peter III - 1762 to be precise. An Armed Man bust with cloak facing right appears on the obverse.

The reverse shows the Tsar's eagle surrounded in the middle of the coin by a cross formed of the coats of arms of Moscow, Kazan, Astrakhan and Siberia. 1762 was the year of Peter's downfall as opposition to his reforming the country on the Prussian model came to a head.

The Tsar was declared dead in 1762 - much to his surprise - and the nobles helped his anti-Prussian wife into power. She would become known as Catherine the Great whilst Peter was confined and eventually murdered.

Hungarian gold coinHungarian gold coin (Click to enlarge)

Finally a gold 10 ducat piece from the reign of King Leopold I of Hungary, dating to 1675, will be exceptionally exciting to collectors of that area. It is exceptionally rare and in fine condition.

Hess-Divo's auctions take place October 27-28 in Zurich, with online bidding available.

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