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Great Collections in October Dallas Signature Auction

We are proud to present the official auctions of the 2012 National Money Show in Dallas! For this October 18-21 event, we have brought together coins from more than 200 consignors for this amazing auction right in our hometown. Over 7,000 lots will come up for bid in in this auction.

Some of the Featured Collections in this auction are:

1802 novodel proof dollar PR64 PCGS
1802 novodel proof dollar PR64 PCGS
The Greensboro Collection, Part I, which focuses on two series, proof Seated dimes and proof Barber quarters, and includes such rarities as the "Little Orphan Annie," the 1844 dime, in PR66 NGC. Also included are several proof and specimen strikings from outside those series, including an SP66 Brown NGC example of the 1793 Wreath cent with Vine and Bars edge, an SP67 NGC 1794 half dime, and an 1802 novodel proof dollar graded PR64 by PCGS. Future offerings from The Greensboro Collection will focus on other proof series and great rarities. The collector behind The Greensboro Collection remains active in numismatics; the proceeds from this and the other parts of The Greensboro Collection will help with assembling current sets.

The Stonewall Collection, focused on Standard Silver pattern coinage, is an expression of the consignor's love of offbeat and unusual designs. The high-grade, high-appeal coins in the collection come from a variety of prestigious sources, including Bass, Ford, Lemus, and Simpson. Though the consignor ran into a "stone wall" in assembling a complete set of Standard Silver patterns and is offering them so that other collectors can know the joy of owning them, he has great plans for his collecting future, including the Hawaiian coinage struck at the San Francisco Mint.

The consignor behind The Cornerstone Collection began in the 1960s and built a fine cabinet over the decades whenever major coin conventions visited Baltimore. Notable selections include a broadstruck 1924-S Mercury dime, MS64 Full Bands PCGS, and a 1907 High Relief double eagle with Wire Rim, MS64 PCGS.

1877 quarter eagle, PR68 Ultra Cameo NGC, CAC
1877 quarter eagle, PR68 Ultra Cameo NGC, CAC
Of the 31 proof Liberty quarter eagles that make up The Nottingham Collection, 28 of them rate as Gems or better, an amazing run of quality for a series defined by tiny mintages and strident collector demand for top-flight specimens. Notable coins within The Nottingham Collection include the 1858 quarter eagle, PR65 Cameo NGC, CAC, one of only five or six survivors known; the 1877 quarter eagle, PR68 Ultra Cameo NGC, CAC, the single finest certified example from a mintage of just 20 proofs; and the 1881 quarter eagle, PR65 Cameo PCGS, CAC, proof counterpart to a business strike issue of only 640 pieces.
1870-CC double eagle, XF40 NGC
1870-CC double eagle, XF40 NGC
The Gnome at the Shore Collection is a name that brings up whimsical images, but one look at the impressive array of lots on offer tells how serious the consignor is about coins. An 1870-CC double eagle, XF40 NGC, leads a remarkable sequence of noteworthy Liberty double eagles. Highlights from other denominations include a 1911-D quarter eagle, MS65 NGC; an 1883 three dollar gold, MS64 Prooflike NGC; and an 1879 Flowing Hair Stella in gold, PR55 PCGS.

The Dr. Robert S. Wilson Collection was started when Dr. Wilson began collecting coins with his father in the 1950s. From humble beginnings, the collection eventually focused on Saint-Gaudens double eagles, which he considers the most beautiful of all coins minted by the United States, and acquired the best examples he could find. Highlights from his collection include his 1907 High Relief double eagle, PR62 NGC, and 1924-S double eagle, MS64 NGC.

Noe-36 1652 Pine Tree threepence, VF25 PCGS
Noe-36 1652 Pine Tree threepence, VF25 PCGS
The eclectic Grand Canyon Collection covers copper, nickel, and silver from 17th century colonials and Fugio cents to Seated silver and the classic commemorative era. Notable lots include a seldom-offered Noe-36 1652 Pine Tree threepence, VF25 PCGS, and an 1866 Motto quarter dollar, PR65 Cameo NGC.

While the main focus of The John Henderson Collection was on currency, as evidenced by the excellent offerings in our current currency Signature auction, his U.S. coins deserve their due as well. Important highlights include an 1851 Reeded Edge Humbert fifty dollar octagonal "slug," AU53 NGC, and a Snow-9 1856 Flying Eagle cent, PR64 PCGS.

This is just a taste of the outstanding offerings to be found in our Dallas auction, which will open for bidding very soon at HA.com/Coins.

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Seldom Seen Selections: The Possibly Unique Kaufman 1838 No Drapery Proof Dime

1838 10C No Drapery PR67 Cameo NGC
1838 10C No Drapery PR67 Cameo NGC
Of all the amazing coins formerly in the Phil Kaufman Collection, the 1838 Superb Gem Cameo proof dime was among the most incredible, and we are pleased to be able to offer it again in our upcoming October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction in Dallas. This coin is not only the solitary Cameo certified by either NGC or PCGS, but it is also the only proof example of the date seen by either service.

This is unsurprising, as the 1838 proof dime is an extremely rare issue. Little mention appears in the numismatic literature. Breen's 1988 Encyclopedia gives only a question mark for the mintage figure, but then says "at least three proofs known." Many famous recent collections have lacked a proof example of the issue, including the Norweb, Lovejoy, Eliasberg, and Pittman collections. While Breen suggests the possibility of three known proofs, it is also possible that this piece is unique in proof.

The only references to auction appearances of 1838 proof dimes are in Breen's Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins, 1722-1989. Breen cites the F.C.C. Boyd-Adolph Friedman and Samuel W. Wolfson examples. Unfortunately, none of them include a photograph of the sale specimen, preventing us from determining whether the Kaufman coin is a match.

The Kaufman coin shows repunching on stars 1, 8, 9, and 12, most notably on star 8, and these are the only visible die characteristics on either side. Otherwise, both dies were quite well made.

The immaculately preserved surfaces are virtually stone-white with just a hint of light golden at the margins, and devoid of mentionable marks. Only a couple of tiny flaws appear, a lint mark below the A in STATES, and a barely perceptible contact mark on the lower right of the O in ONE. We point these out solely for identification purposes, as this Superb Gem possesses no other pedigree markers. The technical quality and aesthetic appeal of this coin are unimprovable, and at any rate this piece, given the infrequent appearances, may be the only proof 1838 dime surviving today.

Phil Kaufman told us before this coin's last offering: "I bought this coin in 1999. I first saw it almost 10 years earlier and did not buy it because I felt it was overpriced. I ended up paying MUCH more in 1999."

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Website Tips: MyWantlist

If you're looking for those special items for your collection, and would like to be automatically notified when we have one in inventory or in auction, MyWantlist is for you.

Instead of you having to search for specific items every time you visit the site, MyWantlist works by saving the individual searches that you might perform every time you look for coins in our inventory or auction.

MyWantlist can be reached from any Heritage home page, or by going through the MyHeritage tab on any page on our site and clicking on "View/Edit Wantlists". You will be taken to the Wantlist options for the Heritage site you are currently on; you can change which Heritage venue you wish to save searches for by choosing the venue from the "View MyWantlist in:" drop-down menu and clicking "Go".

When you first start using this feature, MyWantlist will look something like this:




You can add new searches based on five factors - the category (which generally corresponds to a type for US coins or a country for world coins), a keyword such as the date, the grading service if any, the low grade, and the high grade. If you want to save a search for any Shield Nickel, in the drop-down box marked "All", choose Shield Nickels. You will not need to use a keyword in this case, and the default search looks for coins from any grading service in any grade, so all you will need to do is click on the "Add New Item" button and you're done.

If you wish to add a search for circulated 1886 Liberty Nickels, the procedure would be similar. Here you would enter the denomination "Liberty Nickels", the keyword 1886, and the high grade of AU58 in the drop-down box marked "To Grade". Again, you need only click on the "Add New Item" button and you're done.

You can also look for other, more general items through this feature. For instance, if you are looking for top 100 VAM varieties of Morgan Dollars, choose Morgan Dollars as your denomination and enter the keyword "Top 100".


For other tips on how to perform searches, click here, or click on the "Need Help? Click HERE" link on the MyWantlist page.

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This Week's Top Ten

The ten most valuable Capped Bust Dimes to sell in Heritage auctions:

1833 10C PR66 PCGS
1833 10C PR66 PCGSC
  1. 1833 10C PR66 PCGS. JR-2. Sold for $149,500.
  2. 1835 10C PR67 PCGS. JR-4. Sold for $143,750.
  3. 1825 10C PR67 NGC. JR-2. Sold for $92,000.
  4. 1831 10C PR66 Cameo NGC. JR-2. Sold for $57,500.
  5. 1831 10C PR66 PCGS. JR-2. Sold for $51,700.
  6. 1814 10C Small Date MS67 NGC. JR-1. Sold for $46,000.
  7. 1835 10C PR65 NGC. JR-4. Sold for $46,000.
  8. 1830/29 10C MS67 PCGS. JR-4. Sold for $43,125.
  9. 1830/29 10C MS67 PCGS. JR-5. Sold for $43,125.
  10. 1835 10C PR66 NGC. JR-1. Sold for $43,125.

Our thanks to B. S. of Connecticut for his excellent suggestion!

Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send it to us!

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  Announcements

Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!

When you win any lot worth with a hammer price of $1,000 or more (or $2,500 for Art and Natural History lots), you will receive a coupon that entitles you (or your heirs) to re-consign that lot to Heritage at a reduced seller's commission. Selling through Heritage is a convenient and hassle free way to maximize your return (find out why). Maybe you'll need to make room in your collection for something better, perhaps your collecting tastes will change, or maybe it will be your heirs that benefit; but be sure to save the coupon, which could be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars.

  • Coins: 0% Seller's Commission for all items $1K or more.
  • Comics: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for all items between $1K & $10K, and 0% for items $10K and over.
  • All Other Categories: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for everything else over $1K ($2,500 for Art & Natural History).

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  Employment Opportunities

As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • 20th Century Design Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
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  • European Art Specialist: New York
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  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
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  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills and New York
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If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Cataloger — Currency: Dallas/Remote
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If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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The Sky Is Falling: Largest Piece Of The Moon Ever Offered In Heritage Auctions' New York Event

largest piece of the Moon ever to be auctioned
The sky will be falling Sunday, October 14 at the Fletcher Sinclair Mansion in New York City when Heritage Auctions — the third largest auction house in the world — offers more than 100 select meteorites, many with museum provenance, in its Natural History Signature® Meteorite Auction, the largest auction of its kinds ever held.

The headliner of this stellar event is a four pound lunar specimen — the largest piece of the Moon ever to be auctioned — that is expected to bring $340,000+.

"This Moon rock is worthy of the finest natural history museums in the world," said Darryl Pitt, Meteorite Consultant for Heritage Auctions. "Only 135 pounds of the Moon is available to the public, excluding Apollo mission material, and this is a superlative example of some of what is perhaps the rarest naturally occurring substance on Earth."

large portion of the Peekskill fireball
This auction also coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the Peekskill fireball — the most videotaped meteorite descent of all time — which burnished its legacy by puncturing a Chevy Malibu in its final act just 30 miles outside of Manhattan. A large portion of this renowned meteorite is estimated to sell for $45,000+.

This sale also includes: meteorites containing extraterrestrial gemstones; a piece of a meteorite that resulted in the only documented fatality; a meteorite that weighs three-quarters of a ton and the oldest matter mankind can touch.

"If you want to experience the marvels of the Earth, go to museums and travel," said Pitt. "If you want to begin to contemplate the marvels of the universe, touch a meteorite."

Further highlights include, but are certainly not limited to:

large fragment of the Tissint Martian meteorit
A large fragment of the Tissint Martian meteorite that fell last year in Morocco, which perfectly fits and locks into the large 1099 gram fragment that is now a centerpiece at the Natural History Museum in London. With an impressive Earthly provenance, the matching segment to the Natural History Museum jewel is estimated to sell for $230,000+.

"This is the most important meteorite shower in 100 years," said Dr. Caroline Smith of the Natural History Museum.

The Scream
A naturally sculpted iron meteorite from the Kalahari that is the extraterrestrial evocation of Munch's "The Scream," is estimated at $175,000+.

The largest slice of the most famous meteorite in the world, the Willamette meteorite at the American Museum of Natural History, is estimated to sell for $85,000+.

"Acquiring a specimen of a centerpiece exhibit at a major museum is virtually unheard of," said Pitt.

a Mundrabillia meteorite the size of a table
Originally from the Western Australian Museum in Perth, the most massive slab of a meteorite ever available at auction, a Mundrabillia meteorite the size of a table, three full feet across, is a breathtaking and stunning piece expected to realize $120,000+.

A portion of a meteorite that fell in 1492 that was later chained up in a church, specifically so it couldn't fly back into the sky, that comes with British Museum of Natural History provenance. Estimate: $4,000+.

piece of the planet Mars that legendary recording artist Herbie Hancock had in his pocket
A meteorite that did a bit of... stargazing: a piece of the planet Mars that legendary recording artist Herbie Hancock had in his pocket during a gala performance at The Kennedy Center last fall for The Thelonious Monk Institute. This bit of Mars — along with Hancock — were embraced by the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright and Aretha Franklin, among others. One hundred percent of the auction proceeds of this lot go to The Monk Institute, which is devoted to nurturing musical excellence. Estimate: $6,500+.

More information about Natural History auctions.

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  Heritage Interactive
Opinion Poll

Answer this quick question and see how your opinion compares with your peers.

1. Which of these key date coins do you most want for your collection?
       A) 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent
       B) 1937-D Three-Legged Buffalo nickel
       C) 1916-D Mercury dime
       D) 1893-S Morgan dollar
       E) 1907 High Relief double eagle




Last week's questions:

1. Which of the following is your favorite Classic Commemorative coin design?
A) 1999 Washington $5 (10%).
B) 2001 Buffalo Dollar (63%).
C) 1992 Olympic (Baseball) Dollar (7%).
D) 1999 Dolley Madison dollar (10%).
E) 2000 Library of Congress $10 (11%).

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  Is It Time To Sell?

Heritage is dedicated to selling your rare coins and currency for top dollar! That requires the right auction and the right venue. You deserve to be richly rewarded for your years of dedicated collecting, whether you wish to consign your entire collection or just one important piece. Contact us today to discuss your upcoming opportunities.

Our next Signature Auction will be November 29-December 2 at the Money Show of the Southwest in Houston. Contact us today at 800-872-6467 ext. 1000 to discuss your upcoming opportunities.

2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston
Consignment Deadline: October 16, 2012

David Mayfield
Vice President, Numismatic Auctions
David@HA.com
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

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