Dallas Auctions Top $28 Million
Heritage's official auctions of the October
2012 National Money ShowSM in Dallas
with overall prices realized exceeding $28.5 million. The US Coin
Signature Auction on October 18-21 featured numerous outstanding
rarities and brought total prices in excess of $23 million, with an
additional $5.3 million selling the October 17-23 Currency
Signature Auction. All prices include a 17.5% Buyer's Premium.
The Greensboro Collection, Part 1, provided many of the
highlights of this auction, with the most notable results coming
from early proof and specimen strikes. A 1792
pattern disme, struck in copper and graded Proof 62 Brown, was
the top-selling lot in the auction when it hammered for $587,500.
1792 pattern coinage is extremely popular, since it was struck as
the US Mint was first being established. This coin, strictly a
pattern unlike its half disme counterpart, is one of about 15
Specimen strikes from the first year of issue of the half dime and
the cent, respectively, were also among the highest valued coins
sold in this auction. Perhaps five specimen strikes of the 1794
half dime are known, and the finest known, an
example graded SP67 by PCGS
, sold for $367,775. Similarly,
Wreath Cent with Vine and Bars edge
, graded SP66 Brown and with
a continuous provenance dating to the 19th
for $329,000. This was the most perfectly preserved and singularly
important early large cent we have ever had the privilege of
offering at public auction, a true "museum quality" coin. Both of
these coins were also from The Greensboro Collection, Part 1.
From the same collection also came the 1802
dollar novodel, Proof-64, which sold for $411,250. This was the
second such piece out of only four known that we've been fortunate
enough to auction in the last three months, and it, like the 1793
Wreath Cent above, also has a pedigree dating back to the
A few of the many other highlights of this auction included:
$20 PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. Realized $293,750. From
The Gnome at the Shore Collection
$20 XF40 NGC. Realized $193,875. From The Gnome at the
10C No Drapery PR67 Cameo NGC. Realized $164,500. From
The Greensboro Collection, Part I
Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, AU55 PCGS. Realized
$4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, R.3, PR63 Cameo PCGS
Secure. CAC. Realized $152,750
$5 Large Date PR61 NGC. BD-1, R.5, R.8 as a Proof. Realized
The top lot in our auction of US
was a $5
National Bank Note from the First National Bank of Fairbanks, AK,
series 1902 with red seal
. This note captured the imagination
of both collectors and the public because it came directly from the
family of Charles W. Fairbanks, Vice President of the United States
under Theodore Roosevelt, and the man for whom the city of
Fairbanks was named. This outstanding territorial note, graded
Apparent Choice New 63, sold for $246,750.
202 $5000 1863 Interest Bearing Note Face Proof PCGS Apparent
Extremely Fine 40, 4 POC Hessler UNL, realized $141,000
2221-K $5000 1934 Federal Reserve Note. PCGS Very Choice New
64PPQ, realized $111,625
1180 $20 1905 Gold Certificate PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ,
263 $5 1886 Silver Certificate PCGS Gem New 66PPQ, realized
1133-L $1,000 1918 Federal Reserve Note PMG About Uncirculated
55, realized $44,062
Our next US
Coin Signature Auction, scheduled for November 29-December 2 in
Houston, will open for bidding soon. Previews of many of the coins
in this auction are already available at www.HA.com/coins.
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Seldom Seen Selections: Proof 1855-S Half Dollar,
One Of Maybe Three Known
Numismatic literature discusses three different proof 1855-S half
dollars, including: one that is now part of the Smithsonian
Institution Collection; a second piece that has not been seen since
the 1950s; and
this specimen, the only example currently available to
. Four die varieties are identified for the 1855-S
half dollars, and the WB-1 marriage appears to be the first minted.
Die state evidence shows that the proofs were the first half
dollars minted in San Francisco, prior to any business strikes.
The Smithsonian Institution specimen has been part of the
National Numismatic Collection since the time of issue, when San
Francisco Mint Superintendent Robert Aiken Birdsall preserved the
piece and sent it to Mint Director James Ross Snowden. Walter Breen
notes that the 1855-S proof half dollar was held in Division V,
Number 79, of the Mint Cabinet, commenting: "an odd place for it,
as this section consisted mostly of patterns and pioneer gold."
Bill Bugert examined the 1855-S half dollar at the Smithsonian
Institution in May 1989. At the time he graded the coin 63+, noted
its bright proof surfaces, and observed a die crack between the D
and S in the legend.
Walter Breen wrote of an example that appeared in a March 1956
Bolender sale. However, numismatist Scott Rubin checked the catalog
and found that no such coin was offered. He checked further and
found that Bolender did offer an 1855-S proof half dollar in his
April 1953 sale. Lot 87 in that 1953 catalog was described as:
"1855 San Francisco mint, half-dollar, Proof. Bluish and golden
toned. The finest piece known to me, and lists uncirculated at $150
in Guide Book. This specimen should be worth much more and cost
$167 several years ago." The coin was offered as part of the Louis
L. Lincoln half dollar collection.
The third known proof, the piece offered in our upcoming
January 9-13 FUN Signature Auction, has appeared in several
auctions since its first appearance in 1955. This piece has been
graded Proof-65 by PCGS, and it has brilliant proof surfaces with
razor-sharp design motifs and no signs of weakness on either side.
The obverse is bright silver with a splash of faint lilac toning
near star 13, while the reverse has a delicate golden tone. There
were no plates in the Bolender catalog, and the timing is such that
the Lincoln specimen may be the same coin offered here. In fact,
there is a high probability that it is the same coin, reducing the
population from three coins to two coins, making this piece the
only 1855-S proof half dollar available to collectors.
The obverse lacks drapery at the elbow, a sign that the dies
were polished prior to striking. In A Register of Liberty Seated
Half Dollar Varieties, Bill Bugert writes: "Proofs and early
business strikes have no clash marks; the no drapery characteristic
resulted from the special die preparation for proof strikes." The
bottoms of all four digits in the date are weak, especially the 8
and first 5. That weakness is noted on this piece and is visible in
the plate of the Smithsonian specimen illustrated in Bugert's
This coin is a numismatic showpiece in any collection, and
belongs in the cabinet of a numismatist who will appreciate its
beauty, rarity, and historical importance.
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Website Tips: Date
Have you ever wanted to search for US coins in a particular date
range — for instance, the short set of Walking Liberty Half Dollars
(1941-47) or Type 2 Double Eagles (1866-76)? Now you can!
To search for a date range, go to the Refine Search area on the
left side of the Heritage search results for coins. Look for "US
Coin Year". Enter the date range you want to search for, click
search, and you will see only coins from the date range you
selected! To do a search for all coins after a date, put the
earliest date of the range you want into the box, and to search for
all coins before a certain date, just put the range end date into
the second box.
Search for date range is not available for world coins at this
time. We will be adding this feature for more of our categories as
we get the chance.
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest priced gold dollars to sell in Heritage auctions:
1855 G$1 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for $373,750.
1855 G$1 PR65 PCGS. Sold for $287,500.
1849-C G$1 Open Wreath XF45 NGC. Sold for $218,500.
1855-D G$1 MS64+ NGC. CAC. Sold for $155,250.
1861-D G$1 MS65 NGC. Sold for $149,500.
1854 G$1 Type Two MS68 NGC. Sold for $149,500.
1855 G$1 PR62 Cameo NGC. CAC. Sold for $132,250.
1875 G$1 MS66 PCGS. CAC. Sold for $109,250.
1855 G$1 MS67 PCGS. Sold for $97,750.
1849-C $1 Open Wreath Fine 15 NGC. Sold for $97,750.
Several repeat appearances have been omitted.
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send
it to us!
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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your
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(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
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Neil Armstrong Related And Apollo 11 Memorabilia
Anchor Space Exploration Auction
A trove of materials related to the late, great Neil Armstrong –
including an amazing space-flown
and moon-orbited Apollo 11 Crew-signed cover
$40,000+), originally from the Personal Collection of Mission
Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and just one of 214 such
covers the astronauts signed – and the famous Apollo 11 Mission
will be offered as the collective centerpiece in our November 2
Exploration Signature Auction
"When Armstrong passed away on Aug. 25 it signified the end to
one of bravest, most humble and most well-loved Americans to have
ever lived," said Michael Riley, Senior Historian and Cataloger at
Heritage Auctions. "Anything that he signed, or that is related to
him is incredibly sought-after by collectors of all shapes and
sizes. His passing has only intensified that interest and we expect
to see these lots reflect that."
Further Armstrong and Apollo 11 material include, also directly
from Collins' collection, a crew-signed
and moon-flown Apollo 11 Beta cloth mission insignia
$30,000+), signed by Armstrong, Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz
Aldrin, an NGC MS68 Apollo
11 flown Robbins Medal
(estimate: $25,000+) originally from the
Personal Collection of Mission CapCom Charlie Duke, Serial Number
189, and a very rare page
from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan
(estimate: $25,000+), originally
from The Collection of Buzz Aldrin, with notations made by
Armstrong during the mission.
2 Heritage event in Dallas also marks the first Space
Exploration Auction for the company since the passage on Sept. 19
and the signing on Sept. 25, by the President of The United States,
of H.R. Bill 4158, confirming full ownership rights for all the
American astronauts from Freedom 7 in 1961 to the
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission in 1975 of the artifacts they
kept from their space missions.
"We at Heritage, to a person, salute the passage of this much
needed legislation," said Riley. "We're happy for the astronauts
and their families, we're happy for collectors everywhere who
revere our brave space heroes and we're happy that all the
interested parties could settle the issue amicably. It will, in the
long run, ensure responsible stewardship of many pieces of Space
history." (Hate to say that there are that many)
With H.R. Bill 4158 in mind, collectors will be thrilled to see a
variety of important lots come across the block, all of them
related to great names and events in the Space race. Among those
items will be one of the most moving and important early grouping
of space artifacts in the form of Gus Grissom's Apollo
1 Inflight Coverall jacket and trousers
which would have been worn by Grissom for the Apollo 1mission,
along with his Mercury
Seven signed photo
(estimate: $8,000+) and his Apollo
1 crew-signed photo
Certainly one of the most popular lots in the auction is going to
12 Lunar Module ID plate
(estimate: $25,000+), from
, the second Lunar Module to land on the moon from
the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Pete Conrad.
"Any ID plate off of an Apollo mission vehicle will capture the
interest of serious collectors," said Riley. "These are as rare and
as important as almost any piece of space memorabilia that we
From astronaut Ed White II, who died alongside Grissom in the
tragic Apollo 1launch pad test explosion, the auction features a
number of key lots, most notably including White's West
(estimate: $5,000+) and his West
(estimate: $20,000+), which White was likely wearing
when he was killed. Included with his ring are a lot of 10 of the
small group of mustard seeds he carried in his spacesuit pocket
during his landmark spacewalk during Gemini 4 as a symbol of his
One of the most interesting wrinkles of this intriguing sale is
The Jim Rathmann Collection, which Heritage has
broken out into its own separate section of the catalog for the
"A little more than 50 years ago, auto racing champion and Indy
winner turned Florida car dealer Jim Rathmann negotiated a deal
with GM that would supply Corvettes, or a car of their choice, to
the astronauts at a very advantageous price," said Riley. "His and
the astronauts' ‘need for speed ‘and excitement led to some very
close friendships being formed, which also led to Rathmann
assembling an important collection of space memorabilia."
Rathmann passed away late last in 2011 and many items from his
monumental collection, most of which were gifts from his astronaut
friends, are being offered here for the very first time. These
include an Apollo
12 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 1
$8,000+), originally presented to Rathmann by Apollo 12 Commander
Charles Conrad, an Apollo
12 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Pin with Diamond, Serial Number
estimate: $8,000+), originally presented to Kay
Rathmann by Conrad, a
NASA Group Two Astronaut Color Photo Signed on the Mat
(estimate: $6,000+), a
1961-D Roosevelt silver dime
(estimate: $4,000+), one of a
group that Grissom carried in his spacesuit during the Mercury 4
Grissom and Al Worden handwritten birthday wishes to Rathmann
(estimate: $1,200+), with a direct and unique mention of Gemini 3,
White II autographed letter and signed color photo
$1,000+) and an
Apollo 15 large color mission photo, signed by Al Worden
(estimate: $600+), with a racing reference.
More information about
Space Exploration auctions.
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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
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purchasing demand of thousands of floor bidders enjoying themselves
at the show who must then compete against Heritage's global
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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.
January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando
Consignment Deadline: November 30, 2012
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Consignment Deadline: November 19, 2012
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