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Topping the bidding at a world and ancient coin Signature Sale conducted by Heritage Auctions April 10-12 and 15-16 at the Chicago International Coin Fair and online was a Russian Nicholas II 1896 Presentation gold 25 rubles.

It sold for $217,375, including a 17 percent buyer’s fee.

Heritage said this is an extremely rare presentation piece that one hardly ever sees on the market. The price achieved is a world record for the type by a margin of nearly $30,000 over the previous record holder, which was sold by the Swiss company Astarte in 2009 A 1921 Canadian George V Specimen 50 cents reached $141,000.

It was dubbed “the King of Canadian Coins” by James Charlton, author of the primary Canadian numismatics reference book.

It came from the Prager Collection of Canadian Specimen Coins.

Also bringing $141,000 was a gold aureus of Marc Antony as Triumvir (43-31 B.C.).

It was the centerpiece of the Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. It has a distinguished pedigree dating back to the Mazzini Collection in 1957 and is the plate coin of Xavier Calico’s standard reference “The Roman Aurei.”

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