The Phillip Clover Collection Of U.S. Large Cents
Headlines September Long Beach Event
Clover Collection of U.S. Large Cents
, a near-complete set of
early large cents by Sheldon die variety, will give collectors a
chance to obtain some of the rarest, most prized issues of early
copper coinage in existence. The collection leads off the Heritage
Long Beach Signature U.S. Coin Auction
, Sept. 6-9 at the Long
Beach Convention Center.
Out of more than 300 Sheldon varieties of early large cents,
each representing a unique obverse-reverse combination, Phillip
Clover obtained more than 99% of them, a great achievement. His
collection contains over twenty examples of certain die pairs so
rare they are described as 'NC,' or Non-Collectible. One such
Non-Collectible variety is the NC-3 1795 cent with Plain Edge. It
was identified by Jack Beymer in 1980, several years after Dr.
Sheldon's death and just six examples are known today. The Phillip
Clover Collection of U.S. Large Cents has the
discovery coin for the variety, graded Poor 1 by NGC. Though
worn nearly smooth, the coin has tremendous importance to large
The numbered Sheldon varieties begin in 1793 with the Chain cent, a
short-lived variety that was replaced after negative comments about
how the circle of chain-links on the reverse — meant to symbolize
strength — suggested slavery and was ill-matched with the figure of
personified Liberty on the other side. The first Sheldon variety,
or S-1, is distinguished by the word AMERICA being abbreviated as
"AMERI." on the reverse. Not only were the AMERI.
cents the first large cents produced, they also were the first
official coinage ever struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. The
Clover specimen is graded
VG10 by PCGS
Unique designs within the large cent series are among the
highlights of the collection, including examples of the famed 1794
Starred Reverse and 1795 Jefferson Head types. Clover's 1794
Starred Reverse cent, S-48, is
rated as Fine Details by NGC
, while his 1795 Jefferson Head
cent, S-80, also
graded by NGC, has Very Fine Details
. Many theories have
appeared as to why 94 tiny stars were added to one reverse used to
strike large cents in 1794, but the truth remains unknown. The
Jefferson Head may not have been made at the U.S. Mint, but by an
individual hoping for a private coinage contract. The combination
of mystery and rarity has made those two varieties legends.
In the early days of the U.S. Mint, coinage dies often were used
until they shattered and certain varieties are famous not only for
their rarity but also for the large and distinctive die failures
that brought their production runs to their respective premature
end. The Sheldon-14 1793 Liberty Cap cent has a vertical die crack
down through the middle of Liberty's portrait on all known
specimens; Clover's coin is
graded Fine Details by NGC
. The very rare Sheldon-33, a 1794
variety, has the "Wheelspoke Reverse" with long radial die cracks
stretching from the rims to the center like the spokes on a wagon
wheel, and as above, Clover's specimen rates
as Fine Details according to NGC
Some of the other highlights of this collection include:
Chain 1C AMERICA Fine 15 NGC. S-2, B-2, R.4.
- 1793 1C
Liberty Cap Good Details NGC. S-16, B-19, R.6
- 1794 1C
Head of 1794 VG10 NGC. S-40, B-28, R.6.
- 1794 1C
No Fraction Bar XF45 NGC. S-64, B-50, R.5
- 1796 1C
Draped Bust, Reverse of 1794 AG3 NGC. NC-5, B-18, R.7.
- 1798 1C
First Hair Style Fine Details NGC. NC-1, B-14, R.7
- 1798 1C
First Hair Style Good 4 NGC. NC-2, B-16, R.7.
1C AG3 NGC. NC-1, B-1, R.7
- 1800 1C
80/79 VF Details NGC. NC-2, B-11, High R.6
- 1801 1C
Good 4 NGC. NC-4, B-14, R.7
This collection, along with the rest of the Long Beach Signature
US Coin auction, is open for bidding now at www.HA.com/Coins
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A World of Money: A Beautiful Henry VIII
One of the marquee pieces in our Long
Beach Signature World and Ancient Coin
auction is a
beautiful gold Sovereign of Henry VIII, graded AU50 by NGC
This is a truly pleasing coin having residual luster, struck on a
wonderful broad flan, the images perfectly centered and superbly
detailed, Henry's small face sharp to the eye, and remarkably
pleasing surfaces almost entirely free from abrasion. In fact, the
only "fault" the cataloguer can find is a faint rim bruise at 3
How did such a large coin, made of nearly pure (23 ct, 3.5 gr,
or .995 fine) soft gold, ever survive in such splendid condition?
We sometimes see the comment "miracle of survival" used for modern
milled coins, but this coin is four and a half centuries old, and
the expression takes on much more significance. All in all, then,
this is a great example of a really historic coin — a very valuable
piece of money worth 22 shillings and sixpence when it was created,
a huge amount of buying power at the time, and the harbinger of
centuries of coinage in gold called "the sovereign." We cannot find
a comparable quality specimen having sold for some time, and we
note that Spink sold an example (also S-2267) in 2010, described as
"extremely fine" but seemingly not quite this coin's equal, for
When young Henry Tudor was crowned in 1509, he inherited a
wealthy realm. His very person represented a sunburst of
opportunity for the English. He was a powerful man, physically and
mentally. He was well schooled. He was also dangerous to any
political opponent who dared to question his will. And he was a
deeply troubled man. His early vigor declined as sport took its
toll on his body. He could not sire the male heir(s) he so wished
for, and blamed his failure on a succession of now-famous wives.
His one son was born sickly and could never begin to measure up to
his father. Edward died in his youth. Ironically, Henry's second
daughter, by Anne Boleyn, the princess Elizabeth, was largely
ignored in her youth by her ambitious father but she lived on to
ultimately rescue the reputation of the Tudors and became arguably
England's greatest queen. As she grew up, her father grew out —
became corpulent — and his arrogance turned into vengeful
Henry's spending also became flagrantly abusive to the treasury,
to the point that he caused lead to be taken from windows and
church roofs all over his realm, causing many to collapse. His
action has come to be known to history as the dissolution of the
monasteries, in part an act of vengeance against a church he came
to despise when it would not relent to his wishes for repeated
divorce. He gave ever greater power to his own cardinals, some of
whom gained his grant to allow them to make coinage partly in their
own names. He spent his realm nearly into poverty.
By 1542, he had gone through almost all the fortune from his
father's treasury. He began to debase his money. The gold was less
and less fine. The silver coinage finally was nothing but silver
heavily laced with copper alloy, and his infamous Testoon of
1544-47 when slightly worn showed its base metal, causing both
Henry and his coin to be disparagingly called Old Copper Nose. The
previous glory of his nearly pure gold coins soon vanished, and so
did many of the coins themselves, into the melting pot.
The various issues of his Fine Sovereigns represent Henry
Tudor's finest fiscal and spiritual years. In this rift lay Henry's
greatest irony. Despite the fact that Henry would end up splitting
from the Holy Catholic church at Rome, his massive gold sovereign
boasts devoutness in its reverse legend, IHESUS AUTEM TRANSIENS PER
MEDIUM ILLORUM IBAT, here on this coin written out in its entirety,
boldly impressed, translating from Latin to mean "But Jesus,
passing through the midst of them, went His way" (Luke 4:30).
If Henry saw himself as godlike and of divine choice, and there
is strong evidence to support this concept, then the quotation from
the Scriptures used on his coins takes on another meaning entirely
after he distanced himself from the Catholic pope and his
numberless followers. The church aside, King Henry gained more and
more enemies and quiet dissenters, all afraid of him, and
justifiably so. The last powerful Tudor king had transformed his
realm from the best of times in 1509 into the worst by 1547, when
he died a despised and much-feared old man. Henry managed to
distort himself, his money, and his kingdom into withered images of
their former selves. His subjects, high and low, he inveigled with
his debased money.
Today, all of Henry VIII's early gold is fairly rare, and
especially so his largest coin, the Sovereign. It offers its
admirers a splendid image of a once powerful and vigorous monarch
who commanded vast wealth and influence, as well as respect, when
it dropped from the mint's dies centuries ago. Somehow, it survived
Henry's greed. And it would be his rejected daughter's task to
restore the English money to its former grandeur — as represented
by this magnificent coin.
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest priced ancient Greek coins to sell in Heritage
Naxos. c. 415 BC. AR Tetradrachm, Good EF. Sold for
Cos. c. 480/70 BC. AR Triple Siglos, EF. Sold for $92,000.
Akragas. c. 410-406 BC. AR Tetradrachm, Choice EF. Sold for
Miletos. c. 600-550 BC. EL Stater. VF/EF. Sold for
Ionia. Uncertain mint. Ca. 670-660 BC. EL stater. Good VF. Sold
Ptolemaic Kingdom. Cleopatra VII. 51-30 BC. AE 27. Choice EF.
Sold for $60,375.
Carthage. Time of Hannibal Barca (ca. 221-201 BC). AR shekel.
Carthage or uncertain mint in Sicily, ca. 213-210 BC. Good EF.
Sold for $46,000.
Gela. Ca. 415-405 BC. AR tetradrachm. Good VF. Sold for
Cimmerian Bosporos, Pantikapaion. Ca. 340-325 B.C. AV stater.
XF. Sold for $37,375.
Olympia. 82nd-87th Olympiad, c. 452-432 BC. AR Stater. VF/Good
VF. Sold for $37,375.
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Our Rare Currency Team Is Expanding
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Cataloger - Currency (Dallas/Remote)
Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with broad
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Tribal Artifacts From The "Father Of Modern
Taxidermy" Carl Akeley
Kikuyu wood dance shield from Kenya
is the top lot from the
Toledo Museum of Natural History: The Personal Collection of Carl
Akeley, a special offering within The
Estate Signature Auction
, scheduled for Sept. 13 at Heritage
"Carl Akeley is best known for his innovative taxidermy in the
late 19th and early 20th centuries," said Ed Beardsley, Vice
President of Heritage. "The Akeley Hall of African Mammals
at the American Museum of Natural History — along with some of the
revolutionary pieces that Carl produced for the Field Museum — are
seen by millions of visitors in New York and Chicago each
On his five expeditions to Africa, however, Akeley not only
collected animal specimens, but also obtained art and cultural
objects from the peoples living there. More than 50 such items from
Akeley's personal collection were donated to the Toledo Museum of
Natural History in 1938, a dozen years after his death during his
last African expedition in 1926. Collectors now have the chance to
become the first private owners of these objects since Akeley
In addition to being a part of the Toledo Museum of Natural
History's collection for over 70 years, a number of the items were
also loaned out to the Toledo Museum of Art in 2008 as part of an
exhibition called "In Brightest Africa." Items on display included
shields, personal adornments, and even a witch doctor's bag.
The top lot of the grouping is the
Kikuyu shield displaying bold geometric patterns, painted on
one side and carved on the other. It has two holes, one small in
the middle of the shield-face and a larger cylindrical hole
protruding from the carved side. It stretches an impressive 28 1/4"
(71.8 cm) at its longest and is estimated at $15,000+.
Shields overall are a great strength of the collection with several
further important pieces: A
painted elliptical leather shield from eastern Africa
red and black on the front with a wood handle on the back, is
estimated at $2,500+, while an
elliptical leather shield from the Massai or Nandi
painted red, white, black with a wood and leather handle
on the back, is estimated at $1,500+.
The collection includes several other important items of warfare
and related ritual: a
wood and iron axe from the Luba people of the Democratic
Republic of the Congo
, its head carved as a stylized human face
with the iron blade forming its nose, is estimated at $800+.
Multiple examples of the Massai errap
— a horn-and-copper
arm band worn by warriors who have killed in battle — appear in the
the longest, at 22"
(55.9 cm), is estimated at $400+.
The collection also contains many objects associated with daily
life and music. A
Zulu wood neckrest from South Africa, notable for its
finely carved and painted legs, is estimated at $1,500+. A
wood and hide drum from the Ganda people of Uganda, 20"
(50.8 cm) tall and 17 1/2" (44.5 cm) across, is estimated at $800+;
taller, narrower drum from the same region with a lizard-skin
drumhead also is estimated at $800+.
Among the ceremonial and spiritual highlights, a
Congolese diviner's oracle set of bones, pebbles, and shells in
a woven fiber bag is estimated at $500+. An
ilukere or ceremonial flywhisk, made of a wood handle
and a wildebeest's tail plume and carried by a personage of power
in eastern Africa, is estimated at $200+.
More information about fine and
decorative art auctions.
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