|A Signature Auction in New York
Auctions, Inc (HNAI) will hold our upcoming
Signature Auction June 29-30 in New York City at the Grand
Hyatt Hotel located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue. It's
always a pleasure to hold an auction in the Big Apple. New York has
always been very good to us, and we're looking forward to this
There are two important anchor consignments in this auction,
including the first part of the Stig Ericsson Collection. Mr.
Ericsson began collecting coins about fifty years ago, pulling
Indian Cents out of circulation as a youth. Like so many
numismatists, he then tried to complete the modern series out of
circulation. Standing Liberty Quarters were his favorite, as he
appreciated the design. As his sophistication and numismatic
appetite grew, he began to buy more important rarities, and became
more eclectic and selective in his collecting. Mr. Ericsson is also
selling some of his world coin holdings in a future HWCA Signature
Auction. While he collected eye-appealing specimens from around the
world, he specialized in the coins of Scandinavia, with which he
felt a special bond due to his family roots.
Highlights of the Stig Ericsson Collection include:
We're also pleased to present more rarities from the second part
of the Empire State Collection, the first part of which was
featured in our Long Beach Signature Auction. Highlights
Additional auction highlights include:
In addition to the coins we're offering in this auction, we'll
also be previewing several collections we'll be auctioning in
upcoming events, including the Philip H. Morse Collection of St.
Gaudens Coinage and the Jules Reiver Collection, both of which will
be auctioned by HNAI in the future. These are both very important
collections that will certainly generate a great deal of excitement
in the numismatic community.
The New York Signature Auction is open for bidding now at
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Found Treasures: The
by Stewart Huckaby
Contrary to popular belief, Heritage occasionally allows its
employees to go on vacation, and mine, as is my habit, just
happened to coincide with the three-day Memorial Day weekend this
year. In my almost never-ending quest to see all of the major
league ballparks, and knowing that the Washington Nationals were
going to be in town at RFK Stadium over the week, I decided that a
trip to the northeast would be in order.
As usual, there was baseball in abundance ? I had tickets for
seven games at various locations between Washington and Boston, and
managed to see six of them thanks to a bit of rain at Shea Stadium.
Still, while wandering between the nation's ballparks is something
that will usually occupy one's evenings ? and days if you're
watching day games or have a particularly long drive between cities
? occasionally one must find other ways to spend one's time.
The Tuesday after Memorial Day, after having successfully seen a
game in RFK, I found myself in Philadelphia, home of, in
alphabetical order: cheesesteaks, the Phillies (who not so
coincidentally were hosting my favorite team, the Giants), and the
United States Mint. I've lived in the Philadelphia area on occasion
over the years, so I was familiar with the Mint tour, but it had
been probably over ten years since I had actually been inside the
place. I had been in Philadelphia the previous year, but leftover
fears after 9/11 had kept the mint closed to the public, something
that I found out the hard way. Now, with the announcement that the
Mints were again open to the public, I had another chance and took
The Philadelphia Mint tour is not exactly time-consuming. The
building is set up so that visitors can enjoy a self-guiding tour,
seeing a number of numismatic exhibits on one side and looking out
above the production floor on the other, with video exhibits
helping to explain the coining process. Because there is some
distance between visitors and the actual production floor, it is
somewhat difficult to get a feel for the exact process of striking
a coin by watching coins being produced; however, one is definitely
struck (sorry!) by the enormity of the operation involved. On this
particular day I witnessed a few cents being struck; naturally this
is not uncommon, as the mint produces far more cents than any other
While I would hardly recommend a tour of the US Mint in
Philadelphia as a vacation destination, it's a nice, fairly quick,
change of pace option when one is visiting Independence Mall, an
area which also includes the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Be
forewarned, though, that because of security concerns you are not
permitted to bring your camera into the building; you will need to
make plans to leave it in your car, home, or hotel room.
The Denver Mint is also open to the public, and tours through
this facility are guided. Reservations are required, although same
day walk-up reservations are available, space permitting. The San
Francisco and West Point Mints are not open to the public, although
in the pre-9/11 past the San Francisco Mint was known to host an
occasional open house.
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KM Number: A catalog listing of the type of a world coin,
found in the Standard Catalog of World Coins, by Chester L. Krause
and Clifford Mishler, the K and M in question. KM numbers are used
instead of referring to the world coin by the name of its type,
such as a Queen Victoria Old Head Bronze Penny (KM# 790). KM
numbers will often differentiate between several different types
made during a year, something that becomes very important when
dealing with a country that produces large numbers of
commemoratives or two concurrent coins with the same face
Each country has its own series of KM numbers, which tend to be
chronological according to the first introduction of a new type. KM
numbers usually differentiate metallic content as well as type, and
in some cases each mint producing an otherwise identical coin has
its own KM Number.
Auction descriptions for world coins minted in the 17th century
or later will invariably include a KM number if one is available
for the coin in question. However, while US coinage does have KM
numbers (the copper-plated zinc Lincoln Memorial Cent, introduced
in 1982, is KM# 201b), this listing is virtually never used on
sales taking place within the US.
Other cataloging systems for world coins exist, including the
older Y#, from R. S. Yeoman's (insert title here), Davenport
numbers for Crowns and Talers, Pick numbers for world currency,
Sear numbers for ancients, and Seaby numbers for British
Tombac: A kind of brass used to produce Canadian five
cent pieces during World War II. Much like the United States,
Canada needed nickel, a very hard metal for its war effort during
World War II. However, rather than following the United States'
lead and switching to silver, Canada chose to use a golden-brass
alloy called Tombac in 1942 and 1943. These coins are much lighter
in color than their bronze cent counterparts, and even worn pieces
tend to be only softly toned.
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