Tuesday, 16 December 2014

2015 Award Winning Coins

Krause Publications has released the category winner list for the 2015 Coin of The Year Awards.
Most Artistic Coin. 100-euro gold coin, KM-3225, issued in the Austrian Wildlife series and depicting a Red Deer.

Best Bi-Metallic Coin. Tunneling themed 25-euro silver and niobium coin, KM-321.
Best Gold Coin. Austrian 50-euro coin called The Expectation, KM-3218.

Most Historically Significant. The Netherlands 5-euro silver coin marking the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, KM-326
Best Contemporary. A copper-nickel ruble, KM-436, issued by Belarus.

Best Silver Coin. Latvia's 1 lats coin marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Richard Wagner, KM-140.
Best Circulating Coin. The United States Mount Rushmore, copper-nickel piece is part of the America the Beautiful series, KM-546.

Most Innovative Coin. A gilded silver coin showing a howling wolf, which is actually a cutout, issued by Mongolia, KM-328.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Expensive US Guns

Wyatt Earp's Colt .45-caliber revolver. $ 225,000. The revolver was passed down by the Earp family and is likely the one Wyatt used in the most legendary gunfight in wild west history, the O.K. Corral shootout — which became legend.

.44-caliber Smith & Wesson that killed Jesse James: $350,000. The James Gang terrorized Kansas and Missouri for nearly two decades led by the outlaw Jesse James.

The shot that killed James was delivered from a .44 which brought $350,000 at an Anaheim auction in 2003.
Teddy Roosevelt’s Double-Barreled Shotgun: $862,500. The Fox Gun Company made the gun especially for Roosevelt’s safari as he ended his presidential term. The former president remarked “it is the most beautiful gun I have ever seen” The firearm sold at a 2010 Julia Inc. gun auction.
A tiny 6-inch derringer sitting in a display case at Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site is perhaps the most valuable in the world. Yet the only price ever paid for the item was around $25 in the mid-1800s, by John Wilkes Booth.

One shot was all Booth had to end Abraham Lincoln’s life when he entered the President’s theater box on April 14, 1865. Kept for generations as evidence by the War Department, the relic eventually returned to its fateful origins at the Ford Theatre where it had changed the course of history.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The Patiala Necklace

DeBeers Consolidated Mines Limited produced a 428 carat light yellow octahedral diamond in March 1888. With a finished weight of 234.65 carats, the cushion cut "De Beers" is the seventh largest faceted diamond in the world.

The Maharaja, Bhupinder Singh, of Patiala in the Punjab region of India, bought the gemstone in 1889. In 1925, the Maharaja commissioned Cartier to set the De Beers diamond as the centerpiece of a ceremonial necklace that became known as the Patiala Necklace. In its original form, the necklace was 962 carats contained in 2,930 diamonds and other precious stones. It was completed in 1928 and is one of the most spectacular and expensive pieces of jewellery ever made.
The last sighting of the complete necklace was in 1946 when it was worn by the son of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja Yadavinder Singh. Fifty two years later the necklace was discovered in a second-hand jewellery shop in London by a Cartier representative. The De Beers diamond and the other large stones were gone. The remnants of the Patiala Necklace was bought by Cartier. It took four years to restore the necklace to it's former glory.

On May 6th, 1982 the 'DeBeers' came up for auction at Sotheby's in Geneva. The top bid of $3.16 million remained below the undisclosed reserve price.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Graff Buys Pigeon Blood Ruby For Record $8.6M

(IDEX Online) – The 8.62-carat cushion-shaped 'Graff Ruby' ring from the Collection of Dimitri Mavrommatis soared beyond pre-sale estimates and set a world auction record for a ruby at $8,600,410, as well as a record price per carat for a ruby at $997,727.

Another highlight of the evening was a natural pearl and diamond necklace that was likely once the property of Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Comprising 111 pearls, the necklace sold for $3,426,669, well above the pre-sale estimate of $800,000-$1,400,000.
In addition to the Graff Ruby, the collection included a rare 27.54-carat step-cut Kashmir sapphire with a velvety blue color that sold for $5,984,474, a world auction record for a Kashmir sapphire. It had an estimate of $3m to $6m.
A pair of superb sapphire, ruby and diamond earrings, by JAR. Each of circular form, pavé-set with circular-cut sapphires of various hues ranging from light pink to purplish blue, surmounted with a cage set cushion-shaped stone, one a diamond weighing 3.06 carats, the other a ruby weighing 4.89 carats. Estimate 385,000 — 670,000 CHF. Lot sold 557,000 CHF.
(IDEX Online News) – Sotheby’s Geneva will hold its autumn sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels on November 12, with a selection of fine diamonds and precious stones along with items from some of the world’s best-known jewelers.

The sale will feature an ensemble of exceptional jewels and gems from the collection of Dimitri Mavrommatis, including the 'Graff Ruby', a Kashmir sapphire weighing 27.54 carats, and pieces by jeweler JAR.
David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland and Chairman of the Jewellery Department for Europe and the Middle East commented: “We are thrilled to be offering exquisite jewels from the Collection of Dimitri Mavrommatis, such as the sensational Graff Ruby, alongside stunning creations by JAR.

The exceptional quality of this collection is a testament to Dimitri Mavrommatis’ discerning eye and impeccable taste.

Natural pearl, ruby and diamond earrings by JAR – Est. $400,000 – $700,000 ($ 578k)

See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2014/03/jar-high-jewelry.html
See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2014/10/kashmir-sapphire.html

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed

El Tocado, the largest and most ornate pre-Columbian headdress that has ever been discovered.
Rich natural resources in ancient Peru gave rise to the earliest Andean civilizations. Building on that wealth, skilled artisans crafted extraordinary objects, including gold ceremonial and funerary masks, beakers, and jewelry, rivaling anything made by the ancient Egyptians.

The items are on display through Dec. 31 at the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas. This is the second and last stop for the exhibition before the artifacts are returned to their native country. National Geographic Museum in Washington DC is featuring ancient Peruvian Gold.

The exhibition will journey through civilizations from 1250 B.C. to A.D. 1450, through the ceremonial gold, silver, ceramics, and textiles created by these sophisticated peoples.

See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/06/unlooted-imperial-tomb-of-wari-found.html
See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/03/paititi-lost-city-of-gold.html
See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/09/la-rinconada-highest-city-in-world.html

See ----->http://pennystockjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/10/beyond-el-dorado.html