F.M.Rose Chopmark Coin Auctions

The first 48 lots in this sale consisted of the final offering of chopmarked coins from the Frank M. Rose Collection. The first installments of the Rose Collection were offered in mini-auctions in the Journal of East Asian Numismatics in the mid 1990’s and in the Champion Auctions held during 1996 and 1997. This group of coins had been misplaced and “lost” for 10 years. Their rediscovery was a thrill to chopmark collectors. Three lots sold for record prices. Lot 25 was a 1932 Birds Over Junk Dollar with chop, which sold for $1,680 — which is far more than the coin without the chop sells for! Lot 37 was a Mexican 1820 Royalist 8 Real coin from the Zacatecas Mint with four large chops, illustrated on the cover of the auction catalog. A rare coin to begin with, this piece sold for $1,320. The same price was obtained by Lot 39, an 1866 Peso issued by Mexican Emperor Maximillian, with two large chops. All three of these lots sold to the same chopmark collector in the United States, and all but one of the chopmarked coins sold to Ebay Live bidders.