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Here's the link: UBS auction 84

Russian lots start at lot #1524. ;)

 

Some lots are a bit strange:

Polushka 1727. "Novodel" - looks like a fantasy or fake to me. Neither this one nor the next one is listed in Bitkin.

10 Kopeek 1762, "Novodel"

 

This coin has an estimate of CHF 80 (about $80), whereas the following 1913 commemorative roubles have estimates of around $150:

1913 rouble (business strike!) :ninja:

 

There is also a nice uncirculated 1790-AM pyatak, but they put the estimate at CHF 800! Does anyone think it has a chance to sell for that price?

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  • 3 weeks later...

Народ ...

 

I just went to Basel today and looked at the coins of interest to me at UBS. I told them about the three fake coins we have discovered, but the only person I was able to speak with was some young apprentice who knows nothing about coins... SO ...

 

Unfortunately, I have seldom seen such a collection of cleaned coins as today. :ninja: Not going to bid on ANY lots! ;)

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They do not provide the option of bidding by internet, do they? There is still a couple of coins I'd be tempted to bid on. My collection is mainly gaps with occasional occurrence of coins, here and there.

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They do not provide the option of bidding by internet, do they? There is still a couple of coins I'd be tempted to bid on. My collection is mainly gaps with occasional occurrence of coins, here and there.

You can send a write-in bid.

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PR is here now:

Prices realized, UBS auction 84

;)

Lot of stuff didn't sell...the Amavir fakes (lots 1876/77) were either withdrawn or didn't sell; similarly the 1727 "polushka" (lot 1582) didn't sell. Can't tell that they were actually withdrawn before the auction, however, because there were other lots listed as "Z" (for "zurückgezogen" = withdrawn) and these lots were not listed at all.

 

Wasn't withdrawn, although I told them in person that this is a fake/fantasy coin. They actually sold it for CHF 400! :ninja:

 

There is also a nice uncirculated 1790-AM pyatak, but they put the estimate at CHF 800! Does anyone think it has a chance to sell for that price?

Lot 1676 -- sold for CHF 1300! ;) Am I missing something here, or is this another example of price madness?? It even had a small verdigris spot on the field between the left eagle's head and the crown ... probably not visible in the catalog, but in person.

 

Lot 1891 was a problem lot ... 20 different coins, some very rare things (i.e. two Baroque kopecks, one MMD and the other SPB in VF -- no rim cuts! :rofl: ) as well as a 1762 ten kopeck (illustrated in catalog) and 4 kopecks but in terrible shape. Also, there was a 2 Para/3 Kopeck for Moldavia -- nice detail, but WITH a large rim cut. :yes: The rest were common dates in VG/F, all belonging in the dealers junk box IMHO. This lot sold for CHF 800, which I consider a bargain because the two Baroque kopecks offered are worth at least that much.

 

Anyone get anything interesting from this auction? ;)

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The 1727 and 1762 'Novodels' are cheap fakes, I've seen them before. I'm surprised at UBS for cataloging such rubbish.

As mentioned in my previous post, the 1762 "novodel" actually sold for CHF 400. :ninja:

 

A Dassier estimated at 800CHF ? ;)

PR = CHF 21,000

 

Interesting doubling of Catherine's portrait

PR = CHF 500

 

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Thanks Bob :ninja:

 

Lot 1891....I consider a bargain

 

Did you buy it?? ;)

No -- I didn't bid on anything. There was only one coin I was particularly interested in (the 1907 poltina), but it turned out to be harshly cleaned. ;)

 

As a copper collector, what do you make of the 1790-AM 5 kopeck piece going for well over $1,000?

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As a copper collector, what do you make of the 1790-AM 5 kopeck piece going for well over $1,000?

 

Higher-end condition coins I'm never really that surprised when they sell well. Averages and expectations out on the tail of a distribution are notoriously unreliable for most things in life and coins are no exception. This one...well I think it may have sold for twice what it should, but certainly not 10x. That said, I wouldn't pay it...I typically value rarity over condition, but that's just me. To some people I know condition is everything and to be sure this is one of the best 1790AM 5Ks I've seen.

 

Just my 3c. :ninja:

 

Steve

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Higher-end condition coins I'm never really that surprised when they sell well. Averages and expectations out on the tail of a distribution are notoriously unreliable for most things in life and coins are no exception. This one...well I think it may have sold for twice what it should, but certainly not 10x. That said, I wouldn't pay it...I typically value rarity over condition, but that's just me. To some people I know condition is everything and to be sure this is one of the best 1790AM 5Ks I've seen.

 

Just my 3c. :ninja:

 

Steve

Thanks, Steve. There was another 1790-AM coin in the Tom Willy Bakken sale at G&M which had an estimate of only €80 on it, but it didn't sell (lot 7278). If anything, I think the Bakken coin is nicer than the UBS one!

 

I expected the UBS coin not to sell at all due to (a) the overpriced estimate of CHF 800, and (;) even if it had had a more realistic estimate of CHF 200 or so, it did have a spot of verdigris on it.

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Just realized that this one is depicted in the Brekke/Bakken 1997 supplement (p. 116, fig. 53).

 

VERY embarrassing IMHO for UBS to have actually sold this one to some trusting buyer! :ninja:

I just sent them a long email together with scans from the Brekke/Bakken supplement ... will be interesting to hear what they have to say.

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Here's the link: UBS auction 84

Russian lots start at lot #1524. ;)

 

Some lots are a bit strange:

Polushka 1727. "Novodel" - looks like a fantasy or fake to me. Neither this one nor the next one is listed in Bitkin.

10 Kopeek 1762, "Novodel"

UBS auction 85 - Sept. 7-8, 2010

They don't give up, do they? :ninja:

Lot 1406:

 

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Pathetic. :ninja: Is this miserable fake the same example of this "novodel" that was previously offered by UBS?

LINK to image (for future reference).

Yes. It is easy to tell because of the off-centered strike. In auction 84, the estimate was CHF 200. Fortunately, though, it didn't sell.

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Yes. It is easy to tell because of the off-centered strike. In auction 84, the estimate was CHF 200. Fortunately, though, it didn't sell.

I wasn't sure because it seems I didn't save the image from the previous auction and it is now gone from the UBS website ("Page not found"). But the piece sure looked familiar.

 

Either UBS knows what it is and doesn't care ;) or else actually believes it is genuine :ninja: . Neither possibility inspires confidence.

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