A historical Polish coin was sold for a record 1.3 million € in Monaco

A Polish coin has recently fetched €1.3 million at an auction in Monaco, establishing a new record for its sale price. 

This 80-ducat piece, adorned with the image of King Sigismund III Vasa, stands as a testament to Poland’s rich numismatic heritage, with coins from this collection often ranking among the world’s most valuable.

The starting bid for the coin was set at €1.3 million, and it sold for precisely that amount. Although the auction house, Monnaies de Collection (MDC), did not publicly disclose it, this coin commanded the highest price, leaving all others behind.

Auctioning alongside two other Polish gold coins, a prestigious 80-ducat piece of Sigismund III Vasa, minted in 1621, is set to draw significant interest. This coin, part of a collection previously owned by Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, carries historical significance as it commemorates the Battle of Chocim. 

While not the most expensive Polish coin sold to date, a 100-ducat piece from the same collection holds that title, fetching €2.16 million in 2018. With its original copy displayed at the Czapski Museum in Kraków and in the Museum of Polish History, it stands as one of the most valuable coins in history. 

These Polish gold coins, coveted for both their monetary and historical value, continue to captivate collectors worldwide, showcasing the craftsmanship and artistry of past eras. 


Image: MDC Monnaies de Collection Monaco

Author: Sébastien Meuwissen


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