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January 2018 NYINC Auction  11-13 Jan 2018
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Lot 20351

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Starting Price: 600 USD
Price realized: 2400 USD

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GREAT BRITAIN. Silver Medal, "1818". PCGS SP-63 Secure holder.
Giovanni Belzoni Opens the Chephren Pyramid at Gizah Medal, Struck in Silver, 1818. By T. I. Wells. 54 mm; 72.78 gms. Eimer-1105. Bearded bust of Benzoni, right, his name to left and right. Reverse: Inaccurate image of the pyramid; "OPENED BY C. BELZONI" above and "MARCH 2nd 1818" below. Belzoni, better known in Europe as a performer called the "Patagonian Sampson" for performing feats of strength on stage, tried his hand at archaeology and by chance found the entrance to the pyramid of King Chephren at Gizah, and was able to recover the artifacts from the King's burial chamber, many of which are now housed at the British Museum. VERY RARE in silver. This specimen boasts a mottled silver gray patina on reflective surfaces. PCGS SP-63 Secure holder.

Estimate: $1000.00- $1500.00
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