Great Collections in October Dallas Signature
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
Some of the Featured Collections in this auction are:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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Seldom Seen Selections: The Possibly Unique
Kaufman 1838 No Drapery Proof Dime
Of all the amazing coins formerly in the Phil Kaufman Collection,
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
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
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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This Week's Top Ten
The ten most valuable Capped Bust Dimes to sell in Heritage
1833 10C PR66 PCGS. JR-2. Sold for $149,500.
10C PR67 PCGS. JR-4. Sold for $143,750.
10C PR67 NGC. JR-2. Sold for $92,000.
1831 10C PR66 Cameo NGC. JR-2. Sold for $57,500.
1831 10C PR66 PCGS. JR-2. Sold for $51,700.
1814 10C Small Date MS67 NGC. JR-1. Sold for $46,000.
10C PR65 NGC. JR-4. Sold for $46,000.
10C MS67 PCGS. JR-4. Sold for $43,125.
1830/29 10C MS67 PCGS. JR-5. Sold for $43,125.
1835 10C PR66 NGC. JR-1. Sold for $43,125.
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