World and Islamic Coins (21 March 2013)

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Date of Auction: 21st March 2013

Sold for £520

Estimate: £400 - £500

Argentina, TIERRA DEL FUEGO, Julius Popper, Gramo, 1889 (KM. Tn5; F 2). Trace of being removed from mount and has possibly been gilt, otherwise very fine and very rare £400-500


Julius Popper (1857-93), the Romanian-Jewish adventurer born in Bucharest, arrived in Tierra del Fuego in 1884 to prospect for gold in the north of the island. His small issue of coins in 1889 are deemed to be the first gold trade coins issued by a Jew