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Lot 710

Greece. 100 Drachmai, 1876-A (Paris). Fr-13; Divo-44; Schl.-4. 32.24 grams. George I, 1863-1913. Bare head right. Reverse: Crowned and manteled arms of the Kingdom of Greece, with badge of the Order of the Saviour below. Sharp, velvety cameo devices on reflective fields. Faint cabinet hairlines in the fields; nevertheless, the consensus remains on this piece as being the finest example to appear on the market in approximately the last 30 years, with a lovely golden tone to the metal. Of the highest rarity, with only 76 specimens struck. NGC graded Proof 64.

George, younger brother of King Frederick VIII of Denmark, then known as Vilhelm, was not the first choice of the Greek people to assume the throne, but the Great Powers, and especially Queen Victoria of Britain, lobbied for his selection. He learned Greek, tried to be accessable to the people, but still he was assassinated. He did rule almost fifty years, and here we view his portrait in his middle years, looking quite regal.
Estimated Value $100,000 - 120,000.
An About Uncirculated example sold in 2003 at Swiss Bank Corp.'s auction for $46,000; Illustrated in Money of The World, coin 131.

Realized $218,500

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