Greensboro Collection Treasures offered in Dallas
We are pleased to feature outstanding selections from
Part One of the Greensboro Collection
as a part of our
October US Coins Auction
, the official auction of the Dallas
National Money ShowSM
. This auction is scheduled for
October 17-20 in Dallas and through the Internet at HA.com/Coins
The level of rarity and quality in this collection is immediately
evident when one reviews the Proof Seated dime offerings. Every
year of the series between 1837 and 1891 is covered, save for the
1851, which has never been certified as a proof by one of the major
grading services. This means that no fewer than 20 of the rare
pre-1858 proofs are included. Each of the dimes in this collection
grades PR63 or higher, with the vast majority at PR66 or higher. If
that isn't enough, this collection also includes a
Specimen 1839 dime from the New Orleans Mint
, and the popular
1859 transitional "Stateless" dime
, struck without the legend
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA anywhere on the coin.
The other series covered in this collection is Proof Barber
quarters, and what beauties they are. The collection is, of course,
complete, and every single coin is a Superb Gem... or higher,
complete with five coins in the penultimate grade of Proof-69. Both
bear the Ultra Cameo designation from NGC.
If that isn't enough, this collection also includes a selection of
proof and specimen strikings from the earliest part of our nation's
history, including a
1793 Wreath Cent in Specimen 66
1794 half dime in Specimen-67
1792 Disme struck in copper
, and a
proof 1802 novodel dollar
. We invite you to view the entire
selection at HA.com/Coins
Future offerings from The Greensboro Collection will focus on
other proof series and great rarities, with another superb offering
FUN in January. 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
This auction is open for bidding now at HA.com/Coins.
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Seldom Seen Selections: A Great Fairbanks National
In 1867, Alaska was purchased from Russia for $7.2 Million. Even
with a price of about two cents per acre, it was considered a
serious political gaffe. The then Secretary of State, William H.
Seward, had pushed for the acquisition of this new territory, which
was to increase the size of the United States and its Territories
by more than 15 percent. Americans scoffed at purchasing the vast
"wasteland," and quickly referred to it as "Seward's Folly," and
By the late 1890's, Seward's name was vindicated by the
discovery of gold in Alaska which sparked the Klondike Gold Rush.
The discovery started a border dispute with Canada. Unfortunately
for the United States, previous borders between Russian Alaska and
Canada were vague. Dispute resolution was now a priority, and
Indiana Senator Charles W. Fairbanks was appointed a member of the
United States and British High Commission for matters concerning
Canada. This included the newly ignited border dispute. Senator
Fairbanks's role in 1898 was considered a success, resulting in the
majority of the disputed Territory going to the United States.
The Klondike Gold Rush sparked a population explosion in Alaska.
The population roughly doubled, from 32,000 in 1890 to nearly
64,000 in 1900. Alaska's then second largest city, Fairbanks, was
settled in 1901. The name was chosen to pay tribute to Senator
Fairbanks's contributions to the District of Alaska. The city grew
quickly and by 1905, The First National Bank of Fairbanks deposited
funds with the US Treasury in Washington and received National Bank
Notes to circulate in the area. Series 1902 Red Seals were the
first notes issued by the bank, with 1,600 sheets of $5 notes and
1,460 of $10-$10-$10-$20 sheets making up the first notes issued by
the bank. Our
Dallas Currency Signature Auction features
one such note, Serial Number 1 with plate letter C, the third
note from the first sheet of $5 notes issued by the bank. The note
featuring plate letter D is also in the census and first appeared
at auction in 1969. In its last appearance in 1997, the note
realized $93,500 — one of the highest prices ever paid for a
National Bank Note up to that point.
This wonderful piece was presented to Charles W. Fairbanks and
comes to us directly from his family. His successes as a United
States Senator propelled him to an even higher office — as Vice
President under Theodore Roosevelt. After his tenure as Vice
President, he continued in politics and ran for the presidential
nomination in 1916. He failed to receive the nomination, but did
win the nomination for Vice President under Charles W. Hughes. The
election was close, but they lost to Woodrow Wilson and his running
mate Thomas Marshall.
We will never know for sure why this treasure was preserved for
collectors, but it was not uncommon for wealthy bankers to set
aside a note or two from the first sheet as mementos. This practice
may have accounted for the survival of this note and the other
Serial Number 1 $5 Red Seal known from the bank. No number-one
notes are known for the $10 or $20; in fact, just one piece is
known for each denomination. Were it not for a small grouping of
consecutively numbered $5 Red Seals set aside decades ago, the $5
Red Seals would also be prohibitively rare. PCGS graded this note
Apparent Choice New 63, with mention of some minor
restorations on the back corners. It shows strong embossing with
full and original paper wave. Each of the margins is full and the
overprint is slightly muted, but attractive. The blue serial number
1, at lower left, and blue Treasury serial number are bright and
bold. The signatures of the Cashier and President are also
Both of the men who signed the note were important characters in
early Fairbanks history. The Cashier, Luther Hess, was one of
Fairbanks's first citizens and a prominent lawyer serving as the
Assistant U.S. District Attorney until 1905. He later served as
vice president of the bank and was an Alaskan Territorial
legislator. President Samuel Bonnifield signed this piece as
president of the bank and was quite the character. He was in Alaska
long before the Klondike Gold Rush and was a professional gambler
with a reputation for huge bets and being a very fair and likeable
individual, earning the nickname "Square Sam." He co-founded the
First National Bank with Frank G. Manley. In 1906, the First
National Bank and most of downtown Fairbanks were destroyed by
fire, and shortly thereafter Bonnifield suffered a nervous
breakdown. He left Alaska to spend time recovering with family in
the continental United States. His return was marked by the
Fairbanks Daily Miner, "No man ever lived in the North who has more
real friends than has Sam Bonnifield." The return was short lived;
he went insane, resulting in an arrest by the Marshall's office and
admission to Morningside Hospital — the infamous Alaskan
institution for the insane. Prior to his arrest, Bonnifield
reportedly withdrew a large sum of money from the bank and passed
it out to laborers in town.
Many arguments can be made over what notes should be included on
the list of the greatest National Bank Notes, but this note, in our
opinion, is easily a candidate for the top ten. Among Alaska
National Bank Notes, it is the most important in terms of pedigree,
with ties to some of the most significant individuals in
Fairbanks's early history.
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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.
When you first arrive at the MyBids
page, you'll see something much like this:
At top will be the collectible type whose bids you are
reviewing, such as Coins or Comics. If you wish to look at bids
from another Heritage site, choose the site from the drop-down
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 one of
the many intriguing letters or books in our current Books or
Manuscripts Grand Format Auctions, choose "Historical", and you
will be taken to the MyBids page on the Historical 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
auctions on the site you're currently on, ordered by when Internet
bidding closes, with totals covering all of your current bids in
this collectible type. To look at your bids from an individual
auction, choose it from the drop-down menu in the center. This will
show you totals and bids only from that particular auction.
If you are interested in examining your bids from closed
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ten days, but you will still be able to choose to look at your bids
in any particular auction by, again, simply choosing it from the
Below this come your actual bids, either from all auctions or
from an individual auction. The columns are:
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- The number of people who have bid on the lot, as well as the
number of people who have tracked it.
- Your maximum bid. This is the number you entered when you made
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bid on the coin, again with the buyer's premium added in
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still have the winning bid.
- Batch bids. From the MyBids page, you can place bids on any
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- The time remaining for internet bidding in the current auction.
This figure does not update itself, so if it is getting close to
auction close, you will need to refresh your browser periodically
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This Week's Top Ten
The eleven highest valued lots to sell in Heritage's official
auctions of ANA conventions:
1920-S $10 MS67 PCGS. Sold for $1,725,000.
1792 Disme, Judd-10, PR62 Brown NGC. Sold for $690,000.
1825/4 $5 AU50 NGC. Sold for $690,000.
1804 10C 14 Stars on Reverse AU58 NGC. CAC. Sold for
1851 LE Humbert Fifty Dollar, 880 Thous. MS63 PCGS. No 50 on
Reverse, K-2. Sold for $546,250.
1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS69 PCGS. CAC. Sold for
1880 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1657, PR66 Cameo NGC. Sold for
1921 $20 MS64 PCGS. CAC. Sold for $474,375.
1915 Panama-Pacific Half Dollar in Gold, Judd-1960, formerly
Judd-1793, High R.8, PR64 NGC. Sold for $460,000.
1854-O $20 AU58 NGC. Sold for $431,250.
1856-O $20 AU55 PCGS. Sold for $431,250.
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send
it to us!
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American Numismatic Association School Of
If you are coming to the Dallas National Money ShowSM
in October, the American Numismatic Association School of
Numismatics will be offering a two-day course on the Fundamentals
of Grading US Coins.
Knowledge of coin grading not only makes you more confident on
the bourse floor, but also adds to your enjoyment of the hobby by
helping take the worry out of numismatic purchases. Learn how U.S.
coins should be graded according to the latest ANA and market
standards. The seminar covers many topics and emphasizes the
fundamental principles of grading circulated U.S. coins, including
the history and evolution of grading standards, analysis of a
coin's focal points, technical and market grading, how to determine
initial signs of wear and evaluating surface marks, strike, luster
and eye appeal.
Instructors: Rod Gillis, ANA numismatic educator; and
Mike Ellis, ANA Governor and Variety Specialist, Mike Ellis Rare
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, October 16
- 17, 2012
Tuition: $198 for ANA members; $298 for non-members. $25
discount for ANA Life Members
Click here for more information
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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your
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
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
- 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 &
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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
- Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
- Comics & Comic Art Specialist: New York
- European Art Specialist: New York
- European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
- Fine Jewelry Specialist: New York
- Firearms Specialist: Dallas
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
and New York
- Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
- Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
- World Coins Director: Hong Kong
- World Paper Money Expert: Dallas/Remote
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
- Cataloger — Currency: Dallas/Remote
- Client Data & Research Specialist: Dallas
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
- Comics Grader: Dallas
- Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
- Desktop Support: Dallas
- Desktop Support Supervisor: Dallas
- Digital Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Email Marketing Specialist: Dallas
- Executive Assistant — Currency: Dallas
- Filing Clerk - Accounting: Dallas
- Graphic Designer: Dallas, Part-Time
- Interns: Dallas
- Marketing Account Executive: Dallas, TX
- Microsoft Dynamics GP Accounting Developer:
- Network & Systems Administrator: Dallas
- Operations Assistant - Coins: Dallas
- Returns Clerk: Dallas
- Shipping Associate: Dallas
- Web Developer: Dallas
- WPF Applications Developer: Dallas
- Wine Warehouse Assistant: Beverly Hills
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply here.
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|Roy Lichtenstein's 1964 Sunrise;
Sunset Leads Modern & Contemporary Event
Roy Lichtenstein's 1964 ink
and graphite on paper masterpiece,
Sunrise; Sunset, is expected to realize more than
$400,000 when it comes across the auction block as the lead lot in
Heritage Auctions' Oct. 23
Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction, taking place
at the company's Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street.
"In 1964 Fiddler On The Roof was the toast of Broadway,
where it went on to win 9 Tony Awards, one of which was for Best
Musical," said Frank Hettig, Director of Modern & Contemporary
Art at Heritage. "The Act 1 closer, 'Sunrise, Sunset,' was a pop
culture phenomenon and one of the Broadway canon's most memorable
tunes. Certainly Lichtenstein was aware of this popular and
infectious tune when he created this remarkable set of drawings
with the same title."
By the time this wonderfully reductive painting emerged from
Lichtenstein's mind, three important things had occurred in his
life: he had separated from his first wife, Isabel, and moved back
to Manhattan, he had resigned from teaching at Douglass College to
pursue art full time and he had begun the break from painting the
cartoons containing dialogue boxes complete with text, which were
so prevalent in his oeuvre the prior couple of years, starting with
Look Mickey in 1961.
"In fact, words were rarely appearing in his paintings in 1964
and, by 1966, were totally eliminated from his paintings and were
never seen again," said Hettig. "It was also in '64 that he started
painting landscapes, utilizing classical subject matter and
morphing it to his own purposes."
The landscape, like the cartoon, was soon to be distilled to its
basics and handled in Lichtenstein's ingenious way. He stopped
using window screens to create the uniformity of the famous Benday
dots he desired in his paintings, even varying the size of the
"Sunrise;Sunset is doubly important because it represents the
first time the Benday dot grew to an enormous proportion, which was
then cropped to form the Sun in this work," added Hettig. "Even the
ultimate power source of the world had now become a cropped Benday
Another top highlight of the auction comes in the form of
recently uncovered Richard Diebenkorn painting, Untitled,
circa 1951 (estimate: $150,000+), a work by the master missing
from the total census of his work until it was found to be in the
Texas-based collection of the consignor.
"This is a great find and speaks to the depth of the
collections, and to the discerning eyes of collectors, in Texas,"
said Hettig. "This is a piece that was well-cared for and
well-loved over the decades and, now, stands as a great investment
for the family that has been its' steward all these years."
Rounding out the top trio of art offerings in the auction is a
sublime Jean-Michel Basquiat, Free
Comb with Pagoda, 1986, an intriguing mixed media work on
paper from the notorious street artist who rapidly rose to fame in
the 1980s with his graffiti-inspired art. It carries an estimate of
One of the most interesting lots in the Oct. 24 event is
a working maquette for a Salvador Dalí exhibition, April 14 to
May 5, 1943 at the Galleries of M. Knoedler and Company, Inc. New
York. The piece, expected to bring $40,000+, was created using a
catalog for a previous El Greco loan exhibition at Knoedler and
contains 16 original tipped-in sketches, 13 of which are sepia pen
while three are ink and three are pencil. It also contains
annotations in both Dalí's hand and that of his wife, Gala.
More information about Modern & Contemporary Art
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The GRACE Gala Auction
We are proud to present the
October 13 GRACE Gala Auction #527 benefitting Grapevine Relief
and Community Exchange. This auction is open for online bidding
until 10:00 PM CT, October 12, 2012, with auction resuming at the
GRACE Gala live event, 7:30 PM CT October 13, 2012 at Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas. For
further information contact EricaS@HA.com or call
Bidding in the GRACE Auction supports the ninth annual GRACE
Gala — "Angels Among US" — presented by Thompson Group Classic
Chevrolet. All proceeds of the gala go towards GRACE to help more
than 19,000 individuals each year in the Northeast Tarrant County
community. To purchase tickets, please visit gracegala.org
Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE) is a Grapevine,
Texas based non-profit relief agency which provides food, clothing,
financial assistance, and other vital necessities to people who are
struggling with a limited income or recent emergency. The
philosophy of GRACE is that encouraging self-sufficiency will, in
turn, encourage community cohesiveness. Compassion and assistance
are offered as a response to God's grace by local churches in
partnership with municipalities, businesses, civic organizations,
and individuals. For more information, please visit gracegrapevine.org
More information about Charity auctions.
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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.
November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston
What's My Coin Worth?
Get the Most Money for Your Collection
Consign to a Heritage Auction
Consignment Deadline: October 16, 2012
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