Poland 1792-EB 1/2 grosza
This specimen was lot 31296 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $5,405. The catalog description noted, "Stanislaus Augustus 1/2 Grossus 1792-MV MS64 Brown NGC, Warsaw mint. Obv. Crowned monogram dividing the date 17-92. Rev. I/2-GROSSUS-REG:POL-M.V. The last issue of this type, and a very rare piece in all conditions. This is the only example certified by either NGC or PCGS." The kingdom of Poland, weakened by the devastation of the Great Northern War (1700-21), fell under the domination of her neighbors, Prussia, Russia and Austria. Stanislas Leszczinski, a former lover of Catherine the Great, was installed as her puppet king on the death of the Saxon August III. When he proved to be insufficiently pliant, the partitions began. In three slices, in 1772, 1793 and 1795, the entire state was devoured. Even then, Stanislas could not rally the greedy and selfish Polish nobility to defend the country. This type of 1765-92 is common but this is a rare date. This specimen realized 25 times the catalog value in Extremely Fine.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Kopicki-2176, Kaminski-23, Parch-1202i, KM 175.1.
- 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.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.