An array of rare ancient and world coins certified by NGC, including a coin salvaged from a shipwreck off the Florida coast, are being offered in an upcoming auction. Online bidding is currently underway for Monnaies de Collection Monaco’s Auction No. 9, with sessions concluding June 3–4, 2022.
The top NGC-certified lot is a gold coin recovered from the wreckage of the 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet that sank off the coast of Florida during a hurricane. The Mexico 1715MO J “Royal” 8 Escudos is graded NGC MS 62 with Large Rosettes on Reverse and pedigreed to the 1715 Fleet (lot 1110).
Intended for important dignitaries, Royal coinage was struck on special planchets that are markedly different than the crude cobs typical of Spanish colonial mints of this era. Only a few dozen examples of Royal 8 Escudos from all dates are known. This one has a starting price of €250,000 (about $260,000).
Another top NGC-graded lot is a coin that depicts a young Queen Victoria and is regarded by many as the most beautiful in British numismatics. The Great Britain 1839 Una and the Lion 5 Sovereign is graded NGC PF 62 Ultra Cameo (lot 927) and has a starting price of €150,000 (about $156,000).