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Nearly $10 Million Sold in Houston Auction

1895 $1 PR66 Cameo PCGS
1895 $1 PR66 Cameo PCGS

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 1895 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 only infrequently.

The 1925 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 PCGS.

Just a few of the many other highlights of this auction were:

The New 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 Auction

Theodore Roosevelt: Official St. Gaudens Inaugural Medal
Theodore Roosevelt: Official St. Gaudens Inaugural Medal

As is often the case at here at Heritage, our 2012 December 11-12 Political, Western Legends & Americana Signature Auction 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.

John Tyler: Bronze Indian Peace Medal
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 medals.

These and the rest of the offerings in our Political, Western Legends & Americana Signature Auction are open for bidding at www.HA.com/historical.

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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 for.

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 (http://www.linkedin.com/company/heritage-auctions), 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 auctions:

1973-S Eisenhower Dollar--Indented by 1.73 gm Planchet, Mated Pair--PR67 and PR67 RB NGC
1973-S Eisenhower Dollar--Indented by 1.73 gm Planchet, Mated Pair--PR67 and PR67 RB NGC
  1. 1973-S Eisenhower Dollar—Indented by 1.73 gm Planchet, Mated Pair—PR67 and PR67 RB NGC. Sold for $40,250.
  2. 1977-D $1 Eisenhower Dollar—Obverse Die Cap—MS67 NGC. Sold for $29,900.
  3. 1976-S $1 Clad, Type One PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for $25,300.
  4. 1970-S 1C Small Date PR69 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for $18,400.
  5. 1971-S 1C PR69 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for $17,250.
  6. 1973-S Silver Clad Eisenhower Dollar—Double Struck With Two Off-Center Broadstrikes--PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC. Sold for $17,250.
  7. 1971-S 1C PR69 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for $14,950.
  8. 1971-S $1 Silver PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Sold for $13,800.
  9. Afghanistan: Democratic Republic gold 10000 Afghanis 1978, KM1019, MS67 NGC. Sold for $13,800.
  10. 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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  Announcements

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.
  • 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 & Natural History).

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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
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills, 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
  • Cataloger — Jewelry: Dallas
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas/Contract
  • 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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  Around Heritage
Complete 20 Volume Set Of Edward Curtis' Landmark The North American Indian
The Harriman Twenty-Volume Set from Edward S. Curtis's 'The North American Indian': The Most Important Such Set Remaining in Private Hands.
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® Auction. 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 Alaska.

"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 company.

The Harriman Twenty-Volume Set from Edward S. Curtis's 'The North American Indian': The Most Important Such Set Remaining in Private Hands.
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 Americans.

The Harriman Twenty-Volume Set from Edward S. Curtis's 'The North American Indian': The Most Important Such Set Remaining in Private Hands.
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 Watkins."

The Harriman Twenty-Volume Set from Edward S. Curtis's 'The North American Indian': The Most Important Such Set Remaining in Private Hands.
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 held.

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 Historical auctions.

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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 help you.

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 personal resource.
  • 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 up-front.

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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Upcoming Charity Auctions

La Dolce Vita - Artworks Auction #531December 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. View all the lots here.

Highlights Include
Irene Barberis: Watercolour Circle Code (colour wheel series), 2011 Denise Israel: Forum Spring, 2012 Frances Middendorf: The Meeting of Angels, 2012
Irene Barberis
Watercolour Circle Code (colour wheel series), 2011
Denise Israel
Forum Spring, 2012
Frances Middendorf
The Meeting of Angels, 2012

 

2012 December 17 Doodle for Hunger Celebrity Art Auction Benefitting St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters #529Doodle for Hunger - Celebrity Art & Autograph Auction:
"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 poor.

This auction will end on December 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM CT. View all the lots here.

Highlights Include

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  Heritage Interactive
Opinion Poll

Answer this quick question and see how your opinion compares with your peers.

Which of the following presidents would you most like to see on a circulating US coin?
       A) Theodore Roosevelt
       B) Andrew Jackson
       C) Woodrow Wilson
       D) Ronald Reagan
       E) Let's remove the presidents from our coinage altogether




Last week's questions:

How often have you received numismatic gifts for the holidays?
A) Never (27%).
B) Once or twice (23%).
C) A few times (26%).
D) Often (11%).
E) Never, but I give them (13%).

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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 rarities.

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 Beach
Consignment Deadline: December 26, 2012

David Mayfield
Vice President, Numismatic Auctions
David@HA.com
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

Interested in Selling?
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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131250
December 9, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131250
December 11, 2012
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231250
December 13, 2012
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Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions #241250
December 13, 2012
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141250
December 11, 2012
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Other Signature Auctions
2012 December 8 Civil War & Militaria Auction 2012 December 8 Civil War & Militaria Auction #6083
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2012 December 9 Arms & Armor Signature Auction 2012 December 9 Arms & Armor Signature Auction #6081
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2012 December 11-12 Political, Western Legends & Americana Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 December 11-12 Political, Western Legends & Americana Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #6092
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2012 December 12 La Dolce Vita - Artworks Rome Art Program Auction 2012 December 12 "La Dolce Vita - Artworks" Rome Art Program Auction #531
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2012 December 14 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction- Dallas 2012 December 14 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction- Dallas #7064
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2012 December 17 Doodle for Hunger Celebrity Art Auction Benefitting St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters 2012 December 17 Doodle for Hunger Celebrity Art Auction Benefitting St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters #529
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161250
December 9, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151250
December 9, 2012
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121250
December 9, 2012
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251250
December 11, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171250
December 11, 2012
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181250
December 13, 2012
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201250
December 13, 2012
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Monthly Internet Wine Auction Monthly Internet Wine Auction #221250
December 13, 2012
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