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Very Scarce Czechoslovakia 1934 10 Dukaten

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Author: Chris Chatigny / Thursday, May 05, 2016 / Categories: World Coin of the Week

For our inaugural preview of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money auction – held in Anaheim, California – we have a nice rarity that is the finest certified of its kind by a large margin. Our highlight for today is a Czechoslovakian 1934 10 Dukaten commemorating the reopening of the Kremnica Mine. With a mintage of just 68 pieces the population is small, with this example (certified by NGC with a grade of Mint State 68) standing as the finest graded by a three-point margin at both PCGS and NGC.

The obverse design features Saint Catherine kneeling in prayer facing right, clearly identified by the wheel to her right. The arms of Kremnica appear behind her. The reverse design bears an intricate image of the exterior of the mines, while the lower portion is a cut out of a mine tunnel featuring both modern and antique miners and equipment. It’s easy to see how this piece tops the charts for quality; the hue is a bright lemon yellow gold without spots, tone or fog and the surfaces are exquisitely preserved. The intricate design is set against deep dark prooflike fields, which add a third dimension to the artwork when viewed in hand. A coin without peers that is sure to impress. Ownership of this coin will propel any collection it enters to a new level of sophistication and prestige. Be sure to check out our upcoming blogs as we preview more exciting coins to be offered in our upcoming August ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction.

We are now accepting consignments of world and ancient coins for our official August 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction, as well as Chinese and other Asian coins and currency for our August 2016 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. Time is running short, so if you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) be sure to contact one of our consignment directors.