This week's top lots
January 8, 2010 |
What: Map of the state of Georgia by Daniel Sturges, 1818
Where: Brunk Auctions (January 2 & 3)
Sold For: $55,000
This 50-panel map took over twenty years for Daniel Sturges—the Surveyor General of Georgia, who also designed the state's great seal—to complete. It was reportedly used by the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825 during his tour of, what were then, all of the nation's twenty-four states.
What: Canadian George V one-cent coin ("Dot cent"), 1936
Where: Heritage Auctions (January 3 & 4, Signature World Coin Auction)
Sold For: $402,500
This coin—one of only three known examples—is among the most rare of all Canadian numismatics. The 1936 "Dot cent" was struck, but never circulated, after the death of George V, as a new design was being prepared for his successor Edward VIII. When Edward stepped down from the throne, new George V coins were issued without the small "dot" under the date. For a time, the 1936 "Dot cent" was considered uncollectible, as all were in the collection of John Jay Pittman from 1961 until his death in 1996.