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December 9, 2005
This Week In Coin & Currency News
The Joshua and Ally Walsh Collection
Rare Kentucky Uncut Currency Sheet
A World of Money: A Remarkable 1662 Silver Cob
Seldom Seen Selections: A Complete Collection of Off-Center Cents
Website tips: Navigating MyBids
Numismatic Glossary
Help Wanted: Numismatist
Around Heritage Galleries
Coin Club Outreach Program
Instant Quiz: Test your numismatic knowledge
Is It Time To Sell? 2006 February Long Beach, CA Signature Auction
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Collector News
The Joshua and Ally Walsh Collection

Heritage is privileged to present The Joshua and Ally Walsh Collection as an anchor of our upcoming official F.U.N. Signature Auction, taking place in Orlando, FL on January 3-7, 2006. Covering cents from 1793 to 1958, this is simply a superb achievement in numismatics.

Although registered at PCGS as three individual collections, the Joshua and Ally Walsh Collection is actually the work of a single numismatist dedicated to putting together the finest complete collection of cents by date that it was possible to compile. Each and every bronze Indian Head Cent and Lincoln Cent is fully red, and each coin in both of these series grades as a full Gem or higher, including Superb examples of both the 1909-S Indian and 1909-S VDB and a Gem specimen of the notorious condition rarity 1926-S. Many coins are unsurpassed in the records of any major grading service, and a number stand alone as the finest PCGS has ever seen.

Discriminating cent collectors looking for the finest from 1793 to 1958 need look no further. This is a collection that is sure to please!

Highlights from The Joshua and Ally Walsh Collection include:

This auction will open for bidding soon at www.HeritageGalleries.com/Coins.

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Rare Kentucky Uncut Currency Sheet

Heritage Currency Auctions of America (HCAA) will offer a rare 1875 sheet of uncut currency from Flemingsburg, Kentucky, graded About Uncirculated, in their upcoming Signature Auction, to be held January 6 & 7, 2006 in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Orlando, Florida.

This magnificent uncut sheet, consisting of three $1 notes and one $2 note, is a true miracle of survival, as it comes from one of the smallest and least likely candidates in the state, a bank so obscure that it issued First Charters only in a town so remote that it never again hosted a National Bank after this institution shut its doors in 1889.

This sheet is one of only about two dozen uncut First Charter sheets known from all banks in the country combined, and one of only about ten Series 1875 uncut sheets. It's the only one known from Kentucky and, luckily for collectors, it's a beauty as well, with incredible color, paper quality, and eye appeal. There are folds between each note, and one fold through the sheet, but the overall quality is impeccable and, after all, unique is unique. This is a true Kentucky trophy item, one for which the Gale collection will be long remembered.

The Fleming County NB $1-$1-$1-$2 1875 Fr. 383/390 Uncut Sheet, from The Bill Gale Collection of Kentucky Large Size Nationals, has a pre-auction estimate of $40,000 - $60,000.

Other featured collections in the HCAA FUN Signature Auction include The Midwest Collection of Small Size Type Notes, and The California Proof and Specimen Collection.

This auction will open for bidding soon at www.HeritageGalleries.com/Currency.

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A World of Money: A Remarkable 1662 Silver Cob

Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers will offer a Felipe IV cob 2 Reales 1662 Nuevo Reino, CT 772 (plate coin), choice toned AU-UNC, in our upcoming Signature auction, to be held January 8 & 9 in New York City.

From the second style of Philip IV silver mandated in 1650, this specimen is presumably unique due to style modifications. The reverse has two pillars with disproportionately large crowns atop each. Between these crowns is a pomegranate with a stem so long and looped that it appears as an Arabic 2 at first glance.

PLUS VLTRA is in the central area divided by the pillars. It is indicated as PL-VS-V. The bold mintmark in the bottom center is an NR monogram with a circle above. The obverse has a very bold crowned shield (castle-lion-lion castle) with a dot in the lower triangle instead of a pomegranate. To the right is a Z for 2 Reales. To the left is visible only the lower of three dots known to be part of the design.

No indication of the assayer was included in this design. Earlier years of this second general type had a floral punch instead of the value 2 to the right of the obverse shield. The reverse was so different that it is not the same type. This piece is remarkable in that it is perhaps the finest silver cob of Nuevo Reino currently reported.

The Felipe IV cob 2 Reales 1662 Nuevo Reino, CT 772 (plate coin), choice toned AU-UNC has a pre-auction estimate of $20,000 - $25,000.

This auction will open for bidding soon at HeritageGalleries.com/Coins.

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Seldom Seen Selections: A Complete Collection of Off-Center Cents

Heritage is pleased to present a unique item in our upcoming FUN Signature Auction, taking place in Orlando on January 3-7. For the first time at major auction, we are able to offer a complete set of Off-Center Lincoln Memorial Cents, a grouping of 95 coins complete by year and mintmark from 1959 through 2004 (no 2004-D). Heritage is known for handling some of the finest Registry Set collections, and while this collection hardly qualifies as a Registry Set, it contains pieces that are far more rare and difficult to acquire.

This set was compiled by a dedicated east coast collector whose interest in off-center cents began in the sixties at a time when there was no complete reference on the subject. Some older references claimed that certain dates did not exist minted off-center; however, with a lot of perseverance and a few lucky breaks, this set was completed.

Our consignor considers himself fortunate because many dealers do not know the rarity of some dates minted off-center. "I was able to purchase the 1960-P for $30," he says. "I would gladly have paid in the hundreds."

Although some error collectors collect by grade, other factors are usually more important to the specialist. While many of the coins are uncirculated, this set was put together with a focus on how much off center the coin was, the direction of the strike from the planchet, and the appearance of the coin.

Bidding for this item will begin soon at HeritageGalleries.com/Coins.

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Website Tips: Navigating MyBids

MyBids is a very powerful tool for you as a bidder to keep track of all of your bids, present and past, from any Heritage site. This is a guide on how to navigate this page in order to take the fullest advantage of all of its capabilities.

When you first arrive at the MyBids page, you'll see something much like this:




At top will be the venue in which you wish to examine your bids; Coins and Currency when you go to MyBids from HeritageCoin.com. If you wish to look at bids from another Heritage site, choose the site from the drop-down list:

Click on the "Go" button to the right of the listing in order to change sites. This will show you your bids in all auctions on the other site, and it will take you to the MyBids page on the appropriate site. For instance, if you have placed a bid on the Saint-Gaudens autograph we featured in a previous edition of Coin and Currency News, choose "Americana", and you will be taken to the MyBids page on the Americana site.

Next is an area where you can choose exactly which bids to examine. By default, the page will show you bids from all current coin and currency auctions, ordered by when Internet bidding closes, with totals covering all of your current bids in this venue. To look at your bids from an individual auction, choose it from the drop-down menu in the center and click "Submit". This will show you totals and bids only from that particular auction.

If you are interested in examining your bids from closed auctions, click on the "Closed Auctions" link. By default, this page will show you bids from all auctions that closed in the last ten days, but you will still be able to choose to look at your bids in any particular auction by, again, choosing it from the drop-down and clicking "Submit".

Below this come your actual bids, either from all auctions or from an individual auction. You can choose the number of bids to view on each page from the "Results per page" dropdown. Choose "All" if you wish to see all your bids in the auction or auctions in question. As always, you will be able to batch bid from any MyBids page.

Other pages such as "MyTrackedLots" and "MyConsignments" will work very much the same way. Good luck!

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Numismatic Glossary:

German States: A catch-all phrase for coins minted by the many coining authorities in what is now Germany. Before the confederation of the German Empire in 1871, many different issuers ranging from bishoprics to kingdoms produced coins in a staggering array of denominations and values. Thalers were reasonably common and fairly uniform in value; however, the denominations available as small change might vary several times during a day's travel. After 1871, all coins valued at one mark or less were issued by a central authority; however, higher denomination coinage, uniform in denomination and value continued to be minted by the various states until World War I. Some of the best-known German States issuers include Bavaria, Prussia, and Saxony. Other regions with similar coinage histories include Austria and Italy.

Encased Postage Stamp: A postage stamp put into a holder and used for small change. This was a relatively common practice at about the time of the Civil War due to repeated shortages of small change.

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Announcements

Help Wanted: Numismatist

Heritage Rare Coin Galleries, Dallas, Texas is seeking a talented numismatist for our sales department. Duties include assisting dealers and collectors and auction consignors in person and by telephone, evaluating prospective purchases, in Dallas and shows and conventions. Salary commensurate with numismatic skills and sales experience.

Please contact Paul Minshull at Paul@HeritageGalleries.com with your background and experience.

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Around Heritage Galleries

Heritage goes MAD!

Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers (HG&A) will offer a spectacular collection of more than 200 pieces of original artwork from MAD Magazine, most never before offered and largely unreserved, in their upcoming Comic and Original Comic Art Signature Auction, to be held January 20 & 21, 2006, in Dallas, Texas.

"We've just reached an agreement with the publishers of MAD Magazine to offer a selection of original art from their archives," said Ed Jaster, Vice-President for HG&A. "This valuable collection includes work by such legendary MAD-men as Don Martin, Antonio Prohias, Sergio Aragones, Jack Davis, and many others. In addition, private collections from MAD contributor Dick DeBartolo, artist Richard Williams, and items from the estate of George Woodbridge will also be offered in this auction."

"I'm also very excited to announce," added Jaster, "that this auction will contain items from the personal collections of artist Mort Drucker, and leading historian, collector and author Grant Geissman, whose book, Collectibly MAD, is one of the leading resources on all things MAD!"

"MAD was the first satire comic ever published," Jaster said, "and its biting, irreverent humor has been a mainstay of American pop culture since 1952. Originally created by Bill Gaines and Harvey Kurtzman, MAD has had a far-reaching impact on writers, filmmakers, and comedians ever since. This chance to reach inside the MAD vaults is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and will make for a very exciting auction session."

"With this collection as an anchor," Jaster said, "there's sure to be lots of attention focused on this auction, and lots of bidding activity as a result, which will no doubt translate into higher prices realized for everyone involved." This auction will open soon for bidding at www.HeritageGalleries.com/comics.

MAD Magazine and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © E.C. Publications, Inc.

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Coin Club Outreach Program

In a move to help strengthen the coin hobby and increase membership in America's coin clubs, Heritage has created the Coin Club Outreach program.

The Coin Club Outreach program features a speaker's bureau to deliver presentations at coin club meetings, promotional items to be offered to clubs to help generate revenue and enlist new members, and access to the Heritage website and mailing list of over 150,000 active coin and currency enthusiasts. Anyone interested in scheduling a speaker for a coin club or other collector group is invited to contact:

David Lisot, Director
Heritage Coin Club Outreach
DavidL@HeritageGalleries.com
1-800-872-6467 ext. 303

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Heritage Interactive
Instant Quiz

NEW: Instant quizzes and polls twice a week at www.HeritageGalleries.com/Coins!

Answer these quick questions and see how you stack up against your peers.

1. Which of the following is closest in diameter to the Half Cent?
       Cent
       Nickel
       Quarter
       Half Dollar
       SBA/Sacagawea Dollar


2. What is the denomination of the coin pictured in this Pan and Zoom image?

       Three Cents
       Five Cents
       Quarter
       Half Dollar
       Dollar



Last week's questions:

1. For how many years did the US Mint make two kinds of three cent pieces, two kinds of five cent pieces, and three kinds of dollars simultaneously?
Correct Answer: 1 (58%). 1873 was the last year of the silver Three Cent Piece, Half Dime, and Liberty Seated Dollar; it was the first year of the Trade Dollar, a larger silver coin designed to circulate internationally; and mintage of nickel Three Cent and Five Cent Pieces and Gold Dollars continued.

2. What was the last year the Large Cent carried a Lettered Edge?
Correct Answer: 1795 (53%). The edge changed during this year due to a reduction in the thickness of the planchet. Interestingly, the design did not change at this time. The lettering reads "ONE HUNDRED FOR A DOLLAR".

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Is It Time To Sell?

At the Beach in February

  • $18.5 Million Realized in February
  • $13 Million Realized in June
  • $22 Million Realized in September

These were the results of Heritage's Long Beach Auctions in 2005. How well will these auctions do in 2006? We can't wait to find out.

Heritage's long-time status as the Official Auctioneer of the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo has proven time and again to bring the finest results to our consignors. Call today and find out how you can take full advantage of an outstanding regional show with buyers that are ready to pay top dollar for your outstanding material. And, of course, when you consign you will receive every advantage that all our consignors receive with our over 200,000 registered bidder-members and our unparalleled worldwide reach through the Internet.

Call our Consignor Hotline at 1-800-US-COINS x222 today to find out how you can receive the highest possible return for your coins!

2006 February Long Beach Signature Auction
Sale on February 8, 2006 to February 11, 2006
Consignment Deadline: December 29, 2005

Leo Frese
Director of Consignments
Leo@HeritageGalleries.com
1-800-US-COINS ext. 222 (24 hour voice mail)

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Auction: 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398
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Auction: 2005 December Dallas Online Session #399
Auction Dates: December 19, 2005

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