The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, February 25, 2018

Rare Russian coins discovered by Morton & Eden, to be auctioned on June 10
A 10 kopecks of 1803 (Bitkin 62), MS65, estimated at £15,000-20,000 ($25,000-33,000).

LONDON.- A group of rare silver Tsarist coins in extraordinary condition has been discovered among a large cache of otherwise mainly unremarkable coinage by specialist London auctioneers Morton & Eden. The 39 coins, struck during the reign of Alexander I, could raise as much as £100,000 when they are offered for sale on June 10.

They were found by Jeremy Cheek when he was sifting through hundreds of small old envelopes of coins sent for appraisal by a descendant of an eastern European family whose members had emigrated to the West many years ago.

Most was worn common coinage of low commercial value, but one envelope contained what appears to be part of a set of silver kopecks of different dates and face values struck by Tsar Alexander I who ruled as Emperor of Russia from 1801 until his death in 1825. The coins are small, ranging from 14mm to 22mm (0.55-0.87 inches) in diameter.

“I was really surprised to find them in an otherwise fairly ordinary group of coins,” Mr Cheek said, “and moreover I was astonished by their condition. Clearly they have never been in circulation. Their origin remains a mystery. Each coin is a different variety, there being no duplication, and yet there are no apparent records of such a set having been issued.”

Given their exceptional state of preservation, it was felt the coins should be officially graded for their condition to be fully appreciated by collectors. They were sent to the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) whose specialists inspected each coin individually. Coins are graded on a scale up to MS70, MS standing for “Mint State”.

Most of the coins were rated at MS64 or above, five of them at MS66.

The group also includes coins with extremely rare dates. A 10 kopecks of 1803 is the most valuable. It was graded at MS65 on the PCGS scale and is estimated at £15,000-20,000. A 5 kopecks of 1812 (MS64), is estimated at £8,000-12,000, and a 5 kopecks of 1825 (also MS64), is estimated at £6,000-8,000.

The sale on June 10 will be held at Sotheby’s London saleroom.

Today's News

April 10, 2014

East-West/West-East: Qatar unveils desert sculpture by American artist Richard Serra

Germany lifts confiscation order on Nazi-era art hoard after more than two years

Artemis Gallery LIVE's Spring Variety Sale offers tremendous buys of ancient / ethnographic art

Stanford surgeon's love of Rodin's hand sculptures leads to innovative Cantor exhibition

Hong Kong police search landfill for $3.7 million painting dumped by cleaners at Grand Hyatt hotel

Nebuchadnezzar II Babylonian cylinder sets world auction record at Doyle New York

Exhibition of monumental works by Giuseppe Penone opens at Gagosian Gallery in London

Stockholm unveils plans for Nobel Prize home designed by David Chipperfield

Rare Russian coins discovered by Morton & Eden, to be auctioned on June 10

Franz is Here! Franz Ferdinand's Voyage Round the World" opens at the Weltmuseum in Vienna

Tate publishes Audio Arts, 245 hours of material featuring 1,640 interview contributions

Antik A.S. to offer an exceptional auction of Modern & Contemporary Art in Istanbul

Renovated and expanded Tacoma Art Museum to open to the public on November 16, 2014

A great Indian fruit bat helps Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art Sale take wing with £4.5 M sale

Invocable Reality: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona opens group exhibition

Viennese art: Feminism; Richard Saltoun presents the work of Valie Export and Friedl Kubelka

Longitude Punk'd: Steampunks take over the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Russo-French artist Boris Zaborov opens exhibition at Friedman & Vallois

Art Cologne presents large-format works: Joel Shapiro, Ai Weiwei, and Jeppe Hein

Jean Paul Gaultier pays tribute to Britain's 'cult of difference'

Milwaukee Art Museum announces new Curator of American and Decorative Arts

Bonhams Space History Sale rockets to success in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- The Morgan explores the Medieval world's fascinating approach to the passage of time

2.- Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala

3.- Egyptian archaeologists unveil tomb of Old Kingdom priestess Hetpet

4.- The Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater

5.- Major exhibition features artistic masterpieces from the glorious Church of the Gesù

6.- From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online

7.- Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines

8.- Trish Duebber is new Coordinator of Youth Programs at Boca Raton Museum Art School

9.- Exhibition examines the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion

10.- The Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of three major European works

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful