Nearly $10 Million Sold in Houston Auction
Rarities with strong eye appeal brought exceptional prices as a
part of Heritage Auctions' 2012
November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction in Houston
Overall, this auction realized nearly $9.9 million for its
consignors. All prices include a 17.5% Buyer's Premium.
The highest sale price in this auction came from a key date
Morgan dollar, graded Proof 66 Cameo, which sold for $105,750.
Only proof examples are known of this issue, with the circulation
strike mintage of 12,000 believed to be melted in its entirety.
Collectors wishing to own a complete set of this popular series
must therefore acquire one of the skimpy mintage of 880 proofs.
This beautiful coin shows strong cameo contrast and is one of the
highest graded with this degree of contrast.
A Gem Haseltine restrike of the 1861
Confederate cent, at MS65 Red and Brown tied for the finest
known, sold for $70,500 in Houston. Struck in 1874 after John W.
Haseltine acquired the original Confederate dies, only 55 examples
are believed to have been produced, and they they appear at auction
Norse medal is commonly found in silver and is often collected
alongside classic US commemorative issues. 100 examples were
produced in gold; however, only 47 were actually issued with the
remainder melted as unsold. An exceptionally appealing, razor-sharp
gold Norse medal, tied for the finest known at PCGS, sold for
$64,625. At Proof-66, this medal is tied for the finest known at
Just a few of the many other highlights of this auction
New York Copper, NON VI VIRTUTE VICI, Small Head XF40 PCGS. CAC.
Baker-13. Sold for $64,625.
25C MS66 NGC. Sold for $49,937.
VDB 1C MS66+ Red PCGS. CAC. Sold for $44,062.50.
$20 MS64 PCGS. Sold for $41,125.
$20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 NGC. Sold for $41,125.
$2 1/2 MS65 NGC. Sold for $41,125.
$1 PR66 NGC. Sold for $32,900.
$3 MS66+ PCGS. CAC. Sold for $32,900.
$2 1/2 MS62 PCGS. CAC. BD-1, R.4. Sold for $32,900.
50C MS65 PCGS. CAC. O-101, R.1. Sold for $32,900.
York world coin auction and FUN US
coin auction will be open for bidding soon at HA.com/Coins.
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Numismatic Prizes in December Americana
As is often the case at here at Heritage, our 2012
December 11-12 Political, Western Legends & Americana Signature
features items of great interest to numismatists. First
among these items is the rarest and most desirable of official
presidential inauguration medals, the Official
Inaugural Medal for Theodore Roosevelt
, designed by Augustus
Saint-Gaudens and modeled by Adolph A. Weinman.
The collaboration between President Roosevelt and Saint-Gaudens
is best exemplified by the production of the high-relief $20 gold
piece which the President suggested and approved. It is considered
the most beautiful American coin ever produced. It is therefore
fitting that the Roosevelt inauguration medal should be also
designed by Saint-Gaudens, America's foremost sculptor and produced
by the prestigious firm of Tiffany & Company. 125 of these
medals were cast. Members of the Inaugural Executive Committee
received 82 of them. President Roosevelt received 35 to distribute.
Saint-Gaudens got 5 and 3 were given to prominent libraries.
The offering of this special inaugural medal is a significant
event for both political collectors and numismatists. The
combination of its rarity, one of our most popular Presidents, our
foremost sculptor and the renowned Tiffany & Company is a
combination hard to resist.
In the Western portion of this auction, we are offering a saloon
token issued by Virgil Earp
, a participant in the Gunfight at
the OK Corral in Tombstone, AZ, and the brother of Wyatt. The
token, issued in 1904 in Los Angeles, has been authenticated and
graded as AU50 details by ANACS and is one of only a handful known.
This auction also features a nice
selection of political medals, including a run of original
bronze US Mint peace medals for presidents ranging from Jackson to
Andrew Johnson, as well as a selection of 19th Century campaign
These and the rest of the offerings in our Political, Western
Legends & Americana Signature Auction are open for bidding at
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Website Tips: Social Media
and Following Heritage
Last week, Website Tips talked about social media from a basic
standpoint — the desire and ability to share with others through
the Internet. If you missed the article, you can see it here.
Social media, however, is not limited to sharing your likes (and
dislikes). One of the real attractions of the newer social media is
the ability to see what the people in your life — or the people in
whom you are interested — are doing. You can "Friend" someone on
Facebook, and you might find out that the best man at your
daughter's wedding tomorrow has the flu today. Follow someone at
Twitter, and maybe you'll find out that a former coworker is going
to the same basketball game you're seeing tonight. Network with
someone on LinkedIn, and you may find out that they have an open
position that your son or your niece is perfectly qualified
Companies as well as people have social media accounts. For
example, you can follow your favorite sports teams on Facebook, and
you will receive official news as soon as the team posts it.
If you've read this far, you probably have an interest in the
doings here at Heritage, and yes, we have a company profile on
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HeritageAuctions) and LinkedIn
as well as a Twitter page (@HeritageAuction). You can Like
or Follow () us, depending on the site, and you can receive updates
and news simply by going to your own home page.
If you are so inclined, on both Twitter and Facebook, you can
get posts or tweets sent as text or RSS feeds directly to your
mobile phone. To do this, you will need to click on the cellphone
icon on Twitter () or the Subscribe via SMS link on Facebook. Keep
in mind that the site will need to have enough information to send
texts to your mobile phone; their simple instructions will lead you
through this process.
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued coins from the 1970s to sell in Heritage
1973-S Eisenhower Dollar—Indented by 1.73 gm Planchet, Mated
Pair—PR67 and PR67 RB NGC. Sold for $40,250.
1977-D $1 Eisenhower Dollar—Obverse Die Cap—MS67 NGC. Sold for
1976-S $1 Clad, Type One PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for
1970-S 1C Small Date PR69 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for
1971-S 1C PR69 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for $17,250.
1973-S Silver Clad Eisenhower Dollar—Double Struck With Two
Off-Center Broadstrikes--PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC. Sold for
1971-S 1C PR69 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for $14,950.
1971-S $1 Silver PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for $13,800.
Afghanistan: Democratic Republic gold 10000 Afghanis 1978, KM1019,
MS67 NGC. Sold for $13,800.
1973-S $1 Silver PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS, two examples. Both sold
for $12,650 each.
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
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,
- 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
- Cataloger — Jewelry: Dallas
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Color & Photography Imaging Specialist:
- Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
- Desktop Support: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Interns: Dallas
- Network & Systems Administrator: Dallas
- Operations Assistant — Coins: Dallas
- Senior Settlements Accountant: Dallas
- Shipping Associate: Beverly Hills/Part-time
- WPF Applications Developer: Dallas
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply here.
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|Complete 20 Volume Set Of Edward
Curtis' Landmark The North American Indian
A work of profound national pride and historical importance, Edward
S. Curtis' The North American Indian is expected to bring $900,000+
when it makes its auction debut Dec. 11 at Heritage's Political,
Western Legends & Americana Memorabilia Signature®
The 20-Volume original subscription set represents nearly three
decades of work and more than 1,500 rarely-seen hand printed
photographs of Native Americans of the Western United States and
"At its core, Curtis' The North American Indian is a national
treasure besides being a stunningly-beautiful testament to native
peoples," said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at
Heritage. "This is almost certainly the most important 20-Volume
Curtis set remaining in private hands. It's of the highest quality,
and one of only 15 — of the total 272 sets sold — to be produced
using premium stock (sometimes known as 'tissue'). Among these 15
were Curtis' personal set and those of J.P Morgan and the King of
England — so this is a book that shares very distinguished
Although they were issued along with complementary portfolios of
loose photos, the 20 Volumes are the heart and soul of The North
American Indian," Slater believes. "The volumes not only include
more than 2/3 of the photographic images, but also thousands of
pages of important anthropological text covering Native American
traditions, lifestyles, dress, language, and music. Much of this
information is not available from any other source."
Curtis worked under the patronage of financier and
philanthropist J.P. Morgan from 1907 - 1930 to complete this
project. However, it was Harriman himself who named Curtis as the
official photographer for the major scientific expedition to
Alaska, which Harriman sponsored in 1899. It was on this expedition
that Curtis would develop his deep appreciation for Native
The Harriman Set also is accompanied by over 50 additional photos
and ephemera items related to Harriman and Curtis, which is itself
an impossible-to-duplicate archive collected over a 30 year period.
"Among the central players in the genesis of The North American
Indian, only the Harriman Set remains available for private
ownership," Slater said. "The sets belonging to Curtis himself,
Morgan, and Curtis' best-known champion, Theodore Roosevelt, are
all ensconced in institutional collections."
As appreciation of Curtis' photographs has broadened, his
stature has been reflected in the marketplace.
"Curtis has long been recognized as one of the best and most
important Western photographers," added Slater, "but he's now
firmly established in the pantheon of great American photographers
in any genre — household names such as Ansel Adams and Carlton
Last spring a set of these 20 Volumes and the supplementary
portfolios fully doubled its pre-sale estimate at a major New York
auction house, selling for just under $2.9 million dollars. Curtis
died a poor man, having sacrificed health, family, and wealth to
pursue his dream. He would no doubt be amazed and gratified to know
the level of esteem in which his life's work has ultimately been
The 73-item lot is expected to lead the Dec. 11 auction, which
features additional historic artifacts such as a handwritten
letter by James "Wild Bill" Hickok (estimate $80,000+) and a
trove of documents by an officer who marched with George
Armstrong Custer's 1876 expedition to the Little Big Horn
(estimate $75,000+) as well as items owned by Custer himself.
More information about
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Heritage Fine & Rare Wine — Your Personal
Concierge Wine Service
Heritage has established itself among the industry leaders in
fine & rare wines, offering connoisseurs a wide selection of
Blue-Chip Bordeaux, Classic Burgundy, Cult California and fine
wines from Italy, The Rhône and the New World. We hold regular
Signature fine & rare wine auctions in Beverly Hills and Hong
Kong, monthly on-line auctions of great drinking wines, and we
offer an exclusive portfolio of high end wines for direct purchase.
You can now access our personal concierge service, where a
dedicated member of our team is there to help you with all your
wine questions and buying. Whether you need a unique bottle for a
special occasion or would like to create an entire cellar - we can
Benefits offered to Heritage members:
- Full access to our very reasonably priced fine wine
portfolio, with advice on wines and market conditions, and
delivery pretty much anywhere.
- Use our expertise and our access to the fine wine world as your
- Place standing orders on hard to find wines or vintages, and
wines only available through allocation.
- Special occasions, large and small, can be catered for.
Don't forget, if you are sitting on wine that you might wish to
sell, Heritage's fine & rare wine team offer you free
valuations on your wine collection. Consignors pay no commission,
insurance or fees. We will even buy qualifying cellars
Contact your personal wine concierge on 310-492-8644, or drop an
email to AlisterR@HA.com.
More information about Fine &
Rare Wine auctions.
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December 12 "La Dolce Vita - Artworks"
Rome Art Program Auction:
The 2nd Annual Rome Art Program Auction seeks to showcase the
creative journey of program alumni, drawing and painting from
perception and observation in Rome, Italy each summer, where 'The
Studio is the Street'. The auction also includes many artworks
donated by distinguished artists from the USA, the UK, Japan, and
Australia. Through the 2012 auction, we are building support for
future scholarships and ALL proceeds from the auction will go
towards student scholarships in Rome. We ask patrons to bid
generously to ensure that deserving students get to embark on this
unique and invaluable path towards artistic development and
achievement of their goals.
This auction will end on December 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM CT.
all the lots here.
Doodle for Hunger - Celebrity Art &
"Doodle for Hunger" is a fun online auction of signed original
works of art by artists, entertainers, athletes, politicians, and
business celebrities. The auction will benefit St. Francis Food
Pantries and Shelters. The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters
supports a network of charitable programs that provide a broad
range of services for those in need, including the provision of
food, clothing, shelter, and related social services for the
This auction will end on December 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM CT.
all the lots here.
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Is it Time to Sell? Long Beach: One of the
finest traditions in numismatics
Heritage held our first Official Auction at the Long Beach Coin
Expo in 1985, to be followed by 76 spectacular Long Beach auctions
— successfully selling more than $600 million of numismatic
We are now accepting consignments for our February 2013 Long
Beach Signature Auction of U.S. Coins. You have an exciting
opportunity to consign your rare coins to Heritage's first West
Coast event of 2013. The coin market continues strong, buoyed by
new collectors and investors.
2013 February 7 - 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long
What's My Coin
to a Heritage Auction
Consignment Deadline: December 26, 2012
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