FUN, NYINC auctions realize nearly $72
The results are in from the first great numismatic auctions of the
year! As we reported here last week, the NYINC
World Coin auction
in New York realized nearly $12 million.
Combined with nearly $45 million in the FUN US
auction in Orlando, close to $13 million in the FUN
also in Orlando, and over $2 million in the
15-16 NYINC non-floor session
, the grand total came very close
to $72 million. All prices realized include a 17.5% Buyer's
Easily the most prominent item to sell during the January
festivities was the 1792
Half Disme SP67 PCGS, which realized $1,410,000. This coin,
which attracted national media attention, is an example of the
first circulating coin struck under authority of the Mint act of
1792. It is the only example designated a Specimen by one of the
major grading services, and is exceeded in numerical grade by only
one other coin. This coin was a part of the fabulous Greensboro
Collection, Part II. Another 1792
Half Disme, this one graded Mint State 64 and from the Liberty
Collection, sold for $528,750.
silver dollar dated 1803, also from The Greensboro Collection
Part II, sold for $851,875. This coin is termed a Novodel because
it is believed to have been struck in the 1870s and was not a
restrike of a legitimate Mint issue. With only four examples known,
it is far rarer than the much more famous 1804 dollar, and its
numerical grade of Proof-66 is unsurpassed.
In an auction realizing nearly $45 million, there are many
highlights, and just a few of them are:
50C PR64BM PCGS
- 1880 $4
Flowing Hair, Judd-1657, Pollock-1857, R.6, PR66 NGC
- 1838 25C
No Drapery PR63 PCGS
Humbert Fifty Dollar, Lettered Edge, 880 Thous. MS63 NGC
$20 MS67 PCGS Secure. CAC
- 1795 $5
Small Eagle MS65 Prooflike NGC. BD-6, R.5. S over D
- 1849 G$1
No L PR64 * Cameo NGC
- 1797 $10
Small Eagle MS63 NGC. BD-1, R.5
Fifty Dollar, Judd-1549 Gilt, Pollock-1722, Low R.7, PR64+ Cameo
- 1795 $10
13 Leaves MS63 PCGS. CAC. BD-1, High R.3
Great pieces from the Greensboro collection dominated the
results in the Currency auction as well. An example of Fr.
185l, one of just five Bruce-Roberts signed Series 1880 $500
Legal Tender notes to exist, sold for $411,250. This is the only
example available to collectors, with three are in the collections
of Federal Reserve Banks, and one residing permanently in the
A few of the many other highlights of this auction included:
The next Heritage US
Coin signature auction is scheduled for February 7-10 in Long
Beach, CA. Previews are available now at HA.com/Coins, with bidding scheduled to
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The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797,
by Jon Amato, now available
Heritage Auctions has announced the publication of The Draped
Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797
, by Jon Amato, and edited by Jim
Halperin and Mark Van Winkle, now available online by clicking
on this link
, or via email at CatalogOrders@HA.com
"This book is the culmination of more than 10 years of research
into the Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar series," said Greg
Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions, "one of the most coveted
type coins in American numismatics and one about which, until now,
remarkably little has been written."
Expertly researched and comprehensively documented, the book
includes a profusely illustrated discourse of the four Overton
varieties and one major die state of this important two-year design
type. Additionally, it features a census of 270 Draped Bust Small
Eagle half dollar specimens. A full page is devoted to each coin,
including an obverse and reverse image, a description of key
identification markers, and the provenance for each.
"We believe this work will be the premier reference for
1796-1797 half dollars for years to come," said Rohan.
"Institutions having an extensive numismatic library or coin
cabinet will find it a valuable complement to their holdings, while
catalogers charged with writing up specimens for auction now have
an indispensable source of background and pedigree
The book will also be an important resource to coin dealers
seeking to purchase one or more ‘96 or ‘97 half dollars for a
client or for inventory, and to collectors who own, have owned, or
desire to own one of these important coins.
Heritage has also set up special web page, HA.com/JonAmato, which will
feature periodic updates of new discoveries in the census of '96
and '97 Draped Bust Half Dollars, as well as information about
recent results for the coins at auction.
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Name the Trillion Dollar Coin!
As the nation moves closer to raising its debt ceiling, some say
the solution can be found in a Trillion Dollar Coin. Minted by the
U.S. Treasury and deposited in the Federal Reserve, a trillion
dollar coin made of platinum could suddenly fund the nation's debts
for the next two years! The Fed says a Trillion Dollar Coin isn't a
practical solution but what would the United States' largest single
denomination look like? What would it be called? The Deficit
Dollar? The Philly Trilly? Who or what should be pictured? What
should it say? E Poorhouse Unum?
As legislators debate the debt, let your voice to be heard in
Heritage's Trillion Dollar Coin Naming Contest! Enter your best
name for the Trillion Dollar Coin in the form to the right. Our
panelist of judges will pick the top names. You will then have the
chance to vote on your favorite name. The voting period is open
from February 13, 2013, to February 20, 2013.
The winner will receive a $1,000 coupon good for any
Heritage Auctions purchase, and one runner-up will be awarded a
Click here to enter!
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Website Tips: Bidding Increments in Heritage
We have revised the bidding increments in our Internet-only
auctions, effective immediately. For these auctions, the increments
|$50 - $99
|$100 - $199
|$200 - $499
|$500 - $999
|$1,000 - $1,999
|$2,000 - $4,999
|$5,000 - $9,999
|$10,000 - $19,999
|$20,000 - $49,999
|$50,000 - $99,999
|$100,000 - $199,999
|$200,000 - $499,999
|$500,000 - $999,999
These are roughly half of the previous increments, and are
designed to let our bidders place more precise bids. Affected
- Sunday and Tuesday Internet Coin auctions
- Weekly World and Ancient Coin auctions
- Thursday Modern Coin auctions
- Monthly Internet Wine auctions
- Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles auctions
- Sunday Movie Poster auctions
- Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auctions
- Tuesday Internet Luxury Accessory auctions
- Weekly Internet Rare Books auctions
- Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet
- Tuesday Internet Currency auctions
- Sunday Internet Comics auctions
The increments on Signature, Grand Format, Final Session, and
Sports Catalog auctions with extended bidding have not changed.
This is to keep the increments consistent between Internet bidding
and the live sessions on these auctions.
Of course, Internet bidders still have the option to bid between
increments as they see fit, so long as they bid the next increment
or higher. For more information, please see HA.com/c/ref/web-tips.zx#increments
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued half dimes (or half dismes) to sell in
1792 Half Disme SP67 PCGS. Sold for $1,410,000.
1792 Half Disme MS64 PCGS. Sold for $528,750.
1792 Half Disme MS63 PCGS. Sold for $503,125.
1796/5 H10C MS66 PCGS. Sold for $345,000.
1792 Half Disme MS63 NGC. Sold for $333,500.
1792 Half Disme MS63 NGC. Sold for $316,250.
1802 H10C XF45 PCGS. Sold for $299,000.
1802 H10C AU50 NGC. Sold for $212,750.
1802 H10C XF45 PCGS. Sold for $195,500.
1792 Half Disme AU55 PCGS. Sold for $172,500.
Repeat occurrences of two coins have been omitted.
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send
it to us!
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Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office
Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with a broad
range of expertise to join our new S.F. office located in Jackson
Square. If you have an good working knowledge base of U S. coins
and currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have
an opening for a permanent position as a buyer in our San Francisco
office. Duties will include dealing with walk-in clients,
evaluating and purchasing coins and currency, working local coin
shows, and accepting Auction consignments. Pay will be commensurate
with numismatic experience.
If you are interested in this position, please contact Jobs@HA.com.
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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
- Coin Buyer: San Francisco
- European Art Specialist: New York
- European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
- Firearms Specialist: Dallas
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills,
- Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
- Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
- Western Art Director: Dallas, Beverly Hills
- World Coins Director: Hong Kong
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
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Collections Specialist: Dallas
- Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
- Currency Cataloger: Dallas
- Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
- Currency Operations Assistant: Dallas
- Desktop Support Technician: Dallas
- Fine Jewelry Cataloger: Dallas
- Graphic Web Designer: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: 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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Curt Schilling's Bloody Sock From Game Two Of The
2004 World Series Expected To Bring $100,000+
Bloody Sock" worn by pitcher Curt Schilling in his profoundly
gutsy performance in Game Two of the 2004 World Series, consigned
by Schilling himself, will be sold as part of Heritage Auctions'
Feb. 23 Platinum
Night Sports event at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian
Institute of America), in New York, at 2 E. 79th Street
(at 5th Ave.). It carries a pre-auction estimate of
"This historic Red Sox relic serves as the physical incarnation
of the exorcism of 'The Curse of the Bambino just as the 'The
Buckner Ball' is the curse's embodiment," said Chris Ivy, Director
of Vintage Sports Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. "Since we sold
'The Buckner Ball' in April of 2012 for almost $420,000, we thought
this was a great opportunity to balance the scales and give
collectors a chance to decide which moment is worth more."
Curt Schilling's world famous Bloody Sock is arguably the most
hallowed artifact in Boston Red Sox lore and has been on display in
the Baseball Hall of Fame since 2004. It is the perfect
distillation of the amazing effort of the 2004 Red Sox. Reminiscent
of Roy Hobbs' climactic scene from The Natural, a wounded
Curt Schilling ignored the advice of the physician who had pieced
back together the ragged tendons of his right ankle and took to the
mound, first in a crucial Game Six to stave off American League
Championship Series elimination against the hated New York Yankees
and then again in Game Two of the World Series to claim the second
victory in a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.
In each television broadcast, the cameras repeatedly locked onto
the growing red stain at Schilling's sutured push-off ankle as the
star battled to victory over two elite batting line-ups and his own
remarkable threshold for pain. By the time the Sox had completed
their extraordinary eight-game run to turn the tide from a
three-game ALCS deficit to a World Series sweep, "The Bloody Sock"
was firmly implanted in American sports history as the main prop of
an unbelievable script.
"Boston could win every World Series for the next hundred years,
but 2004 will still be the one that everybody remembers," said Ivy.
"So I think we're only just beginning to understand how important
this piece is to the legacy of the Red Sox."
More information about Sports
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