Bhutan 1966 5 sertums

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from Heritage sale 3049, lot 30396
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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, part of lot 20039
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The first specimen was lot 30396 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $2,408.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold Proof 5 Sertums 1966 PR67 Cameo PCGS. An essentially flawless example of this one-year issue that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the accession of Jigme Wangchuk, presenting orange-peel coloration, satin-textured design features, and deeply-reflective mirrors that host a light layer of tone surrounding the outer registers. Scarcely-offered in the marketplace, and with a mintage of just 598 pieces struck in Proof, very pleasing in this jewel-like quality." The second specimen was part of lot 20039 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), which sold for $4,320. The catalog description[2] noted, "BHUTAN. Three Piece Proof Set, 1966. Fr-4-6; KM-PS3. 3 pieces in set. From a mintage of only 72 sets struck in platinum. Struck to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the accession of Jigme Wangchuck. All are graded and certified by NGC. The Sertum was given an Ultra Cameo designation while the 2 Sertum and the 5 Sertum were each given Cameo designation. NGC PROOF-66 CAMEO, PROOF-67 CAMEO & PROOF-68 ULTRA CAMEO." This specimen was issued by Bhutan along with a gold two sertrums (KM 34), gold one sertrum (KM 33), copper-nickel three rupees (KM 32), one rupee (KM 31), fifty naya paisa (KM 30), twenty-five naya paisa (KM 29).

Recorded mintage: 800 plus 598 proofs plus 72 struck in platinum.

Specification: KM-35: 39.94 g, .917 fine gold, 1.1699 troy oz AGW; KM-35a: 49.18 g, .950 fine platinum.

Catalog reference: Fr-4; KM 35.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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