In early 2010 a rare collection of ancient coins, called the Prospero Collection, fetched a record price of over $25 million at an auction in New York. The Prospero Collection was a spectacular assemblage of 642 historical coins by a private British collector.
Included in the collection is a coin regarded as an artistic masterpiece by experts. The coin features the head of a satyr - a character widely used in Greek mythology - and sold for $3.25 million, breaking all previous world records for an ancient Greek coin.
|Example of the most successful coin in history; an antique fine gold ducat or Zecchino, minted under the 82nd Doge of Venice, Lorenzo Priuli. Struck 1556 - 1559 in Venice, Italy.|
The gold ducats of Venice were first struck in 1284. Their very high gold content (99.40%) made the coins extremely desirable and they are considered to be the earliest examples of a globally accepted currency. Ducats continued to be struck for over 500 years - longer than any other coin issue in history. $1,250.00
|An ancient Indian gold Maiores Domus dinar from the Kushan Empire, struck under Emperor Vasudeva II circa 270 - 310 A.D.|
The obverse with Vasudeva II, nimbate, standing left, sacrificing over altar and holding filleted scepter; in left field, filleted trident. The reverse with the goddess Ardoxsho, nimbate, seated facing on throne, holding diadem and cornucopia. $850.00
The reverse with the goddess, Victory standing left holding a long, jewelled cross and wearing loose drapery. $7,000.00
Edward III gold coin, minted in 1343, is one of 3 known -$ 6.8m
A gold aurei medallion of ancient Rome. One of two known. It depicts Roman emperor Maxentius and sold for $1,407,550 U.S.
1795 13-leaves $10 gold eagle coin, graded NGC AU. $123,000-$246,000.
Only 225 of the Tsar Nicholas II coins were ever made. $ 160,000
James I gold coin.
Depicting the first emperor of the Roman Empire, Augustus Caesar, sold for nearly 785,000 U.S.
The 1887 Queen Victoria Crown $250,000.
1864 Quarter Eagle. $ 80,000
A 1796 quarter dollar
1793 chain cent–the nation’s earliest penny
The 1795 Flowing Hair, Three Leaves silver dollar
1797 half dollar coin is worth up to $1.75m
1822 five dollar gold coin $8m
|An 1808 quarter eagle led Stack's Bowers and Sotheby's sale of the Brent D Pogue collection in New York on May 20, 2015. The lot sold for $2.3m, setting a new world record for a US quarter eagle at auction.|