Coins and Fine Collections Auction February 24th, 2013 at Kaminski Auctions, Beverly, Massachusetts

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Kaminski Auctions will host an auction on February 24th, 2013 devoted to coins, stamps, instruments, and ephemera from many fine New England collections.

Kaminski Auctions will host an auction on February 24th devoted to coins, stamps, instruments, and ephemera that comprise from many fine New England collections. With over two hundred lots, many discerning collectors will surely encounter exciting new items of interest.

High quality coins will form the backbone of the upcoming Auction of Fine Collections. The top lot of the sale is predicted to be an 1858 Australian gold sovereign, ISY AU55, with an estimate of $5,000.00 to $8,000.00.

An extremely rare 18K yellow gold commemorative coin of the Pope John XXIII carries a similarly high estimate of $5,000.00 to $7,000.00. The gold coin, or medal, was designed by R. Signorini and shows the Pope’s profile on the obverse and a profile portrait of F. Fitzgerald on the reverse. The original Vatican box still encases this valuable coin.

American coins will join these fine foreign examples to complete the coin selection. Of much interest is an American twenty-dollar gold piece by the premiere American sculptor of the time, Augustus Saint Gaudens. The 1924 coin is of high grade and is estimated at $1,400.00 to $2,000.00.

Also predicted to fetch a high price is a 14K gold and enamel medal of the Society of Cincinnati. Officers of the American Revolution founded this hereditary patriotic organization, and today their descendants continue to support the organization as an educational and historical society. Inscribed with the name and date of foundation: “Societas: Cincinnatorium: Intituta: AD 1783,” this particular medal was passed down through the family of Emmett J. Flavig.

A collection of fine instruments will also come to the podium on auction day. Two lots of these instruments, a Hurdy Gurdy and a Viola D’amour, are among the highest estimated lots. The Japot made Hurdy Gurdy features a spruce top, with an ebony board mellow back. Made in France between 1800 and 1880, this instrument is very finely decorated throughout, and will be sold with an estimate of $1,000.00 to $3,000.00. The birdseye maple viola d’amour carries the same estimate. The viola is labeled “Tuscany Spinelli Anoldo.”

Sure to get many bidders interested is the 1960 Championship Game football signed by Vince Lombardi and most of the 1960 Packers team, including Hall of Famer quarterback Bart Starr. This exciting piece of football history is estimated to fetch between $3,000.00 and $5,000.00.

A seventeenth or eighteenth century carved Figure of Christ is also among the top ten lots (estimated at $2,000.00 to $4,000.00), as is a first edition copy of In Cold Blood, signed by Truman Capote.

The auction will additionally offer several lots of interesting paper items. The selection will include a Pernod Absinthe Poster from Paris, valued at $1,500.00 to $2,000.00.

Many other lots fit for fine collections will be available as well at Kaminski’s Auction of Fine Collections on Sunday February 24th, starting at 10:00am. Preview for the sale will be held Wednesday, February 20th, through Saturday, February 23rd, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and starting at 8:00am on the day of sale.

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