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October 20, 2012

Numismatic Treasures from Space
Seldom Seen Selections: The Return of an Old Friend
Website Tips: MyConsignments
This Week's Top Ten
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
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Numismatic Treasures from Space

Heritage has been fortunate enough to offer several space-flown Apollo Robbins medals in our last few Space Signature Auctions, and the prices these medals have realized have proven the popularity of these items. Our current Space Auction #6082 on November 2 has an abundance of these and quite a few other lots of potential interest to medal, coin, currency, and stamp collectors.

Apollo 17 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion
Apollo 17 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Directly from the Collection of Astronaut William Pogue, Serial Number F19, with Signed LOA. This 35mm sterling silver medal was one of only eighty flown aboard Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, with crewmembers Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Harrison Schmitt. A total of 300 were minted to commemorate this sixth and final lunar landing of the NASA program. The obverse features the mission insignia depicting the head of the Greek god Apollo, a U.S. flag and eagle, the moon, and the surnames of crewmembers. This is the rarest of all Apollo silver Robbins medallions and this one comes in its original case with pad and numbered sticker. Estimated at $25,000-30,000
Apollo 11 Flown MS68 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion
Apollo 11 Flown MS68 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion. Originally from the Collection of Mission CapCom Charlie Duke, Serial Number 189, with Handwritten LOA. This 28mm sterling silver medal was one of 450 flown aboard Apollo 11, the first manned moon landing, July 16-24, 1969, with crewmembers Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. The obverse depicts Collins' early and original concept for the mission insignia with the eagle carrying an olive branch in its mouth. A wonderful Superb Gem Uncirculated example from a moonwalker, worthy of the most advanced collection and estimated at $25,000-30,000
Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7) Flown One Dollar Bill
Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7) Flown One Dollar Bill (One of only Four), Signed by Alan Shepard and others, with Signed LOA from NASA. A Series 1957A $1 Silver Certificate, serial number A52804224A, which flew with Alan Shepard on his historic sub-orbital flight, May 5, 1961. It has been signed by: "A B Shepard Jr", "John H. Glenn Jr", "Leroy G. Cooper Jr", and others. At the bottom margin is written: "FREEDOM #7 - MR-3 - 5-5-61". Included with this lot is an original 8.5" x 11" letter on NASA Space Task Group, Langley Field, Virginia, letterhead, dated May 31, 1961, verifying its' authenticity. Estimated at $10,000-15,000
Apollo 16 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Presented to Astronaut Tom Stafford
Apollo 16 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Presented to Astronaut Tom Stafford by Mission Commander John Young, Serial Number 89, with Stafford LOA. This 35mm diameter sterling silver medal is one of only ninety-eight (of a total mintage of 300) flown aboard Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972, the fifth manned mission to land on the moon, along with crewmembers Young, Mattingly, and Duke. The obverse features the mission insignia, an eagle and shield above the moon with the surnames of the crewmembers. Particularly desirable as it originated from the commander of the mission who presented it to his Apollo 10 crewmate, Tom Stafford. Estimated at $15,000-17,000
Apollo 15 Flown MS63 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion
Apollo 15 Flown MS63 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion Originally from the Collection of Astronaut Jerry Carr, Serial Number 115 with Handwritten LOA. This 35mm sterling silver medal is one of only 127 flown to the moon aboard Apollo 15, July 26-August 7, 1971, with crewmembers Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin. There were 304 of these originally struck for the 1971 mission. Due to a spelling error on the landing site (Appennines instead of Apennines), only 127 were actually flown. The obverse features the mission insignia depicting three stylized birds flying above the Hadley Rille area of the moon with craters spelling out "XV" to the right. A Select Uncirculated example, estimated at $12,000-15,000.
Neil Armstrong Autograph Quote Signed beneath Mounted Sheet of First Man on the Moon Stamps
Neil Armstrong Autograph Quote Signed beneath Mounted Sheet of "First Man on the Moon" Stamps, with Typed Letter Signed. A 10.5" x 13.5" sheet bearing a sheet of thirty-two 10¢ airmail stamps (Scott #C76) celebrating the Apollo 11 mission; Armstrong has signed beneath: "That's one small step for a man/ & one giant leap for mankind-/ Neil Armstrong/ -Apollo 11-". Note that this is the quote as Armstrong intended it to be, with the "a" before "man". This was reproduced as the front cover for the Peoria Journal Star Weekender Magazine, June 6, 1970, issue (included). The editor who requested this quote be written for the cover apparently mounted a copy of it and sent it to Armstrong for his collection. Also included in this lot is Armstrong's reply in the form of a signed typed letter, one page, dated January 22, 1971, on NASA letterhead, Washington, D.C. One of the most unique Space collectibles we've ever offered, estimated at $8,000-12,000

These fine lots and the rest of the 2012 November 2 Space Exploration Signature Auction are open for bidding now at HA.com/Historical.

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Seldom Seen Selections: The Return of an Old Friend

1792 H10C Judd-7, R.4 as a Business Strike SP67
1792 H10C Judd-7, R.4 as a Business Strike SP67
Regardless of grade, the ownership of a 1792 half disme clearly indicates that the numismatist is a serious student of American coinage. Despite opinions to the contrary, this issue is the first circulating American coin struck under authority of the Mint Act of April 1792.

We are pleased to be able to again offer the Starr specimen of the 1792 Half Disme in our upcoming 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction; this is the same coin that we sold in 2006 for $1,322,500. This is only Specimen certified by PCGS. It is tied numerically with a PCGS MS67, and only exceeded by an NGC MS68. A roster of more than two dozen high quality pieces shows the position of the Starr coin as the only Specimen strike, and the probable finest known.

It is a spectacular, fully struck coin. All of Liberty's hair details are fully defined, and the eagle's plumage is equally well brought up. From the details on this piece, it is obvious that special care was taken to strike this coin at least twice. The design features on both sides are nicely centered with full obverse and reverse border details. Care was also taken to polish the surfaces as each side displays light die striations in the fields and across the central device on the obverse. Both obverse and reverse display a multitude of speckled colors with bright reflectivity around the peripheral lettering on the obverse. The toning has been variously described as orange-crimson and lilac, and as blue, gray, and light gold. There is only one surface flaw that we see: a shallow, vertical scratch in the left obverse field. The reverse has two faint vertical die cracks, approximately parallel, through the right field. One extends from the right base of A(M) to the eagle's wing and F in HALF. The other begins at the left base of the adjacent M, also through the eagle's wing, and on to the right side of E in DISME.

The consignor, who sold this coin in 2006, stated that, "This specimen striking of the 1792 silver half disme is truly a coin that transcends numismatics. It occupies a place in our Nation's history unequaled by any other coin. For centuries, the coinage of silver was a royal prerogative. For a young nation, the coining of these half dismes was of enormous political significance and an expression of national sovereignty understood around the world. Numismatic scholar Walter Breen wrote, 'Their historic context has for over 120 years made these half dismes among the most prized American silver coins.' Today, as a unique specimen striking, this coin must be considered America's most important numismatic coin and a priceless historical treasure."

The cataloger for the Starr Collection noted that this was an early strike: "Some reverse letters soft, particularly A and M in HALF DISME and M in AMERICA, as seen on most specimens from the earliest run struck with medal turn reverse orientation."

It is our opinion that the coin, while certainly very special and deserving of a Specimen designation, is not, nor could it be, the first 1792 half disme struck. The reverse has faint but clearly visible die cracks. Earlier die state examples are known without the die cracks, proving that this example is a later die state and was among the final examples produced in July 1792. However, given its obvious specimen status, it might well have been the very first United States coin actually released by the State Department, perhaps a special gift to a friend of the U.S. or even to George Washington himself.

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Website Tips: MyConsignments

If you have consigned items with Heritage, you can keep up with them at "MyConsignments." This page can be reached from the MyHeritage tab on any Heritage web page, or directly from "MyBids" by clicking on the "MyConsignments" link.

When you first go to MyConsignments from the MyHeritage tab, you will see a listing of all auctions you have consigned to, whether recently closed, open for bidding, or opening for bidding soon. Click on any of the auction listings to see which of your items are included in the auction. You will see a listing of items broken down by lot number, if assigned, and each item will list the number of bidders, the number of trackers, the number of page views, and the current bid as listed on the website.


If the auction has closed, you will see a listing of your lots, along with your reserve, if any, and either a final hammer price or a notation of whether the coin sold or not.

If the auction is open for bidding, you will see the current bid level on your lots. If reserves have been entered for your lots, they will also show on this screen. If the reserve has been exceeded, the current bid will show in green, while if no bidders have yet met the reserve the current bid will appear in red.

If the auction isn't open for bidding yet, you can get a complete listing of items assigned to the auction, with links to the descriptions of the items and images, if available.

Please note that the majority of all serious bids are made near the close of an auction, and therefore the current bids listed may not be a valuable gauge of how your consignment is performing. The current bids do not reflect the actual secret maximum bid of the bidder, but only represent the next increment over the second highest bid. In the case of Internet only auctions, you will see the bids come up dramatically during the last few hours of the auction. In the case of auctions with floor components, such as Signature auctions, the Internet bids may never approach the actual hammer price of your lots on the auction floor.

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This Week's Top Ten

1880 $4 Coiled Hair PR66 Cameo NGC
1880 $4 Coiled Hair PR66 Cameo NGC
The ten most valuable four dollar gold pieces to sell in Heritage auctions:
  1. 1880 $4 Coiled Hair PR66 Cameo NGC. Sold for $977,500.
  2. 1879 $4 Coiled Hair PR67 Cameo NGC. Sold for $655,500.
  3. 1880 $4 Coiled Hair PR62 NGC. Sold for $575,000.
  4. 1880 $4 Flowing Hair PR66 Cameo NGC. Sold for $488,750.
  5. 1880 $4 Flowing Hair PR64 PCGS. Sold for $431,250.
  6. 1879 $4 Flowing Hair PR67 NGC. Sold for $402,500.
  7. 1879 $4 Coiled Hair PR63 NGC. Sold for $402,500.
  8. 1879 $4 Coiled Hair PR63 NGC. Sold for $316,250.
  9. 1880 $4 Flowing Hair PR65 NGC. Sold for $316,250.
  10. 1879 $4 Flowing Hair PR67 Cameo NGC. Sold for $310,500.

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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.
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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
  • 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
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  • 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 positions:

  • Cataloger — Currency: Dallas/Remote
  • Client Data & Research Specialist: Dallas
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  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas Contract
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If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage
Largest Ever Heritage Sports Event Celebrates Historic Moments Across The Athletic Spectrum

Supreme rarity and landmark historical importance define Heritage Auctions' Oct. 25-27 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction, the largest cataloged auction that Heritage Sports Collectibles has ever presented.

1953 Mickey Mantle All-Star Game Used Bat

"The sheer amount of good memorabilia in this auction really defies probability," said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles. "There are dozens of lots within this auction that haven't surfaced in the hobby in the past decade; much of this material might not surface at auction again for years."

only 1912 Fenway Park grand opening stub
Ticket collectors in particular will be stunned by the selection available. The only 1912 Fenway Park grand opening stub to be auctioned in at least a decade makes its debut, as does a 1962 stub for the rather sparsely attended game that saw Wilt Chamberlain score 100 points in Hershey, PA. A selection of rare early Masters badges once supplied entry to American golf's most celebrated tournament, and will thrill links-lovers, as a program that stands as one of a handful to witness the grand opening of the original Yankee Stadium in 1923 will be equally irresistible to baseball fans. The most famous trading card discovery in hobby history, the Black Swamp Find, makes its second auction appearance after its debut in the Heritage "Platinum Night" auction in the shadow of the Baltimore National Sports Collectors Convention in early August, providing the first opportunity to bid for individual specimens from the pristine collection of 1910 E98 candy cards.
third finest T206 Plank
"There's no question that this is our best trading card offering to date," notes Ivy, "even without the help of the Black Swamp. The third finest T206 Plank on the planet, a Near-Mint-plus Mantle Topps rookie and an M101-5 blank back Babe Ruth rookie are just the tip of the iceberg." A bulging Hall of Fame bat rack is anchored by a bat used by Mickey Mantle in his first All-Star Game action in 1953. Though he had been named to the American League team in 1952, this bat was with him for his first Midsummer Classic plate appearance.

Joining the Mick with quality game used lumber are the likes of Tris Speaker, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Roy Campanella, Roberto Clemente and Whitey Ford.

An incredible signed baseball, with autographs gathered from baseball greats across eight decades, continues its amazing journey in this auction; it features high-grade autographs from Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle and more. Single signed spheres also appear in this auction from such legendary names as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Kid Nichols, Dave Bancroft, Hughie Jennings, Ty Cobb and Pie Traynor.

More information about sports collectibles auctions.

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       A) Beauty
       B) Historical interest
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Last week's questions:

Which of the following kinds of Heritage auctions (other than coins) most interests you?
A) Fine Art (6%).
B) Historical Memorabilia (54%).
C) Jewelry (12%).
D) Mineral (11%).
E) Sports Collectibles (16%).

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  Is It Time To Sell?

You can depend upon FUN 2013 for your best opportunity to sell your U.S. Coins and Currency early next year. Your invitation to participate in Heritage's Official Auctions has deadlines coming soon, so please act quickly.

FUN has proven to be the strongest show of the year, and there is no question about the importance of this premier venue. As FUN's Official Auctioneer, Heritage's lot viewing and auction rooms are located in the heart of the convention action. We capture the purchasing demand of thousands of floor bidders enjoying themselves at the show who must then compete against Heritage's global community of Internet bidders.

Whatever your specialty or the size of your holdings from a single rarity to a lifetime collection, Heritage has auctions to serve your needs. Together we will create a strategy to realize the highest prices possible for your coins and notes. Our upcoming auction events at FUN 2013 will provide unmatched exposure at the most important gathering in numismatics. All that remains is for you to call us today.

2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando
Consignment Deadline: November 30, 2012

2013 January 9-14 Currency FUN Signature Auction - Orlando
Consignment Deadline: November 19, 2012

2013 January 6-7 Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction - New York
Consignment Deadline: November 9, 2012

David Mayfield
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David@HA.com
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas #1175
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131243
October 21, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131243
October 23, 2012
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Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions #241243
October 25, 2012
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231243
October 25, 2012
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Currency Auctions
2012 October 17-23 ANA Currency Signature Auction- Dallas 2012 October 17-23 ANA Currency Signature Auction- Dallas #3520
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141243
October 23, 2012
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Other Signature Auctions
2012 October 23 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 October 23 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5113
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2012 October 25 & 27 design for a living world Auction Benefitting The Nature Conservancy 2012 October 25 & 27 "design for a living world" Auction Benefitting The Nature Conservancy #524
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2012 October 25 - 27 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction- Dallas 2012 October 25 - 27 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction- Dallas #7065
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2012 October 27 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Beverly Hills 2012 October 27 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #7071
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2012 October 27 Maritime & Ship Models Signature Auction - Annapolis 2012 October 27 Maritime & Ship Models Signature Auction - Annapolis #5128
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2012 November 1 ART + ADVOCACY Auction, Benefiting the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center 2012 November 1 ART + ADVOCACY Auction, Benefiting the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center #523
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2012 November 2 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 November 2 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas #6082
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2012 November 10 Western & California Art Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 November 10 Western & California Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5116
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2012 November 10 American Indian Art Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 November 10 American Indian Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5117
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2012 November 15 Texas Art Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 November 15 Texas Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5114
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2012 November 15 American & European Art Signature Auction 2012 November 15 American & European Art Signature Auction #5118
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2012 November 16-17 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction - New York 2012 November 16-17 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction - New York #5120
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2012 November 18 Timepieces Signature Auction - New York 2012 November 18 Timepieces Signature Auction - New York #5121
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161243
October 21, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151243
October 21, 2012
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121243
October 21, 2012
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251243
October 23, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171243
October 23, 2012
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181243
October 25, 2012
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201243
October 25, 2012
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