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Time Is Running Out to Take Our 2013 18th Annual Coin Auction Survey

You can win a Certified Uncirculated 1907 High Relief $20!

Heritage is the World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer, but we're always striving to improve, and so today we are asking for your help. Let us know what you collect and what you'd like to see in upcoming Heritage Coin auctions.

By answering all of these questions fully, you can help Heritage to continue to build auctions with the material you want to see. And remember, if you fully answer this confidential survey you may be chosen to win one of these valuable prizes:

  • Grand Prize: A Certified Uncirculated 1907 High Relief $20!*
  • First Prize: Five winners can auction up to $100,000 of their coins for free in any one of Heritage's 2013-2014 auctions (no seller's commission).
  • Second Prize: Ten winners can auction up to $50,000 of their coins for free in any one of Heritage's 2013-2014 auctions (no seller's commission).
  • Third Prize: Ten winners will have the opportunity to have a Heritage representative review their collection, give a professional current market evaluation, and have up to 30 coins certified by PCGS or NGC at Heritage's expense (up to a $5,000 value).
  • All respondents will receive a complimentary copy of Heritage Magazine for The Intelligent Collector.
  • First-time respondents will be placed in a drawing for a chance to win a $500 auction purchase credit to be spent in any 2013 Heritage auction.

Your confidential, completed survey must be completed by January 31st, 2013 to participate in the drawing. Only one entry per person is eligible to win. Winner will be announced on our website. Thank you, and good luck!

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  Collector News

Pan-Pac Slugs Featured in February Long Beach Auction

1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Round MS65 NGC
1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Round MS65 NGC

Four examples of the famous Panama-Pacific $50 commemorative highlight the offerings in our 2013 February 7-8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction in Long Beach. This auction is open for bidding now at www.HA.com/coins.

As most numismatists know, there are two distinct varieties of the Panama-Pacific $50 coin. The round variety is rarer, with only 483 distributed, and it is represented in this auction by examples in both MS65 and MS66. Only four pieces have been graded finer than MS66 by the major grading services combined. The popular octagonal variety, the only octagonal US coin issue, is almost as rare, with 645 examples issued. It is represented by examples in MS63 and MS64.

Continuing with the theme of rarities offered in pairs, this auction also contains two examples of the proof 1876 double eagle, graded Proof 63 Cameo and Proof 64+ Deep Cameo. The latter coin is the finest graded by PCGS, and once resided in the Pittman collection. Only 45 examples were minted, and perhaps a third of that number survives today.

Just a few of the other highlights in this auction include:

1739 Higley Copper, Broad Axe Fine Details PCGS 1739 Higley Copper, Broad Axe Fine Details PCGS
1806 25C MS65 NGC. B-3, R.1 1806 25C MS65 NGC. B-3, R.1

Bid on these and the rest of the coins in the February Heritage Long Beach US Coins auction at www.HA.com/coins.

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Seldom Seen Selections: Unsurpassed 1822 Bust Dime, MS66

1822 10C MS66 NGC. JR-1, R.4
1822 10C MS66 NGC. JR-1, R.4
The 1822 dime is the last single-year variety in the Capped Bust dimes, and it is also one of the key dates in the series. In our upcoming 2013 February 7-8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction in Long Beach, we offer what is likely one of the two finest known examples of this prized rarity in the Capped Bust series. It is quite likely that the listed mintage of 100,000 pieces struck in 1822 may include a large number of coins that were actually dated 1821, as Breen suggests. Experts generally conclude that approximately 300 pieces exist in all grades, putting the 1822 Bust dime in elite company as one of the most challenging issues of the denomination in the entire run of U.S. numismatics.

This Premium Gem example is one of the two finest certified examples, one each at NGC and PCGS. As we can find no sale record for the PCGS-graded example, we cannot compare images of the two or determine if they are in fact different coins, or the same coin submitted once to each service.

The striking details are well executed save for the lower obverse stars. Rich golden-violet and turquoise toning is seen near the peripheries, with areas of silver brilliance on the portrait of Liberty and the obverse fields. The reverse offers similar coloration, with a bit more lilac in the centers. Light evidence of clashing is seen on each side. The underlying luster is bright and satiny, and close inspection yields only a few paper-thin blemishes in the fields. This is an important offering for the specialist or for the connoisseur of finest certified rarities.

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Heritage Appraisal Days

The first appraisal day of 2013 comes to Heritage world headquarters in Dallas this weekend. Located at 3500 Maple Avenue, 1st floor auction room, Dallas, TX 75219, our world-renowned specialists will be offering free verbal appraisals. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking garage.

Show hours:
Saturday, January 26: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 27: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

You are invited to bring up to three items for verbal appraisal by our specialists.

If you're not able to get to Dallas this weekend, further appraisal days are planned in 2013 for cities all over the US. Watch your inbox for announcements of appraisal days in your area!

Heritage Appraisal Days Heritage Appraisal Days

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This Week's Top Ten

The twelve most valuable proof double eagles to sell in Heritage auctions, one per date:

  1. 1907 Ultra High Relief, $20 Lettered Edge PR69 PCGS
    1907 Ultra High Relief, $20 Lettered Edge PR69 PCGS
  2. 1907 Ultra High Relief, $20 Lettered Edge PR69 PCGS. Sold for $2,990,000.
  3. 1907 $20 Small Edge Lettering PR68 PCGS. Sold for $920,000.
  4. 1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim PR69 NGC. Sold for $534,750.
  5. 1887 $20 PR67+ * Cameo NGC. Sold for $411,250.
  6. 1864 $20 PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC. Sold for $359,375.
  7. 1870 $20 PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. Sold for $345,000.
  8. 1891 $20 PR68 * Deep Cameo NGC. Sold for $299,000.
  9. 1868 $20 PR66 Cameo NGC. Sold for $299,000.
  10. 1882 $20 PR66 * Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. Sold for $293,750.
  11. 1898 $20 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. Sold for $276,000.
  12. 1908 $20 Roman Finish PR64 PCGS. Sold for $276,000.
  13. 1867 $20 PR65+ Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. Sold for $276,000.

Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send it to us!

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  Announcements

Name the Trillion Dollar Coin!

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 $200 coupon.

Click here to enter!

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Bidding Increments in Heritage Auctions

We have revised the bidding increments in our Internet-only auctions, effective immediately. For these auctions, the increments are now:

Bidding Increments
Current Bid Bid Increment
< $50 $1
$50 - $99 $2
$100 - $199 $5
$200 - $499 $10
$500 - $999 $20
$1,000 - $1,999 $50
$2,000 - $4,999 $100
$5,000 - $9,999 $200
$10,000 - $19,999 $500
$20,000 - $49,999 $1,000
$50,000 - $99,999 $2,000
$100,000 - $199,999 $5,000
$200,000 - $499,999 $10,000
$500,000 - $999,999 $20,000
>= $1,000,000 $50,000

These are roughly half of the previous increments, and are designed to let our bidders place more precise bids. Affected auctions include:

  • 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 auctions
  • Tuesday Internet Currency auctions
  • Sunday Internet Comics auctions

The increments on Signature, Grand Format, Non-Floor 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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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 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
  • Coin Buyer: San Francisco
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • 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 positions:

  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Coin Operations Assistant: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Technician: Dallas
  • Graphic Web Designer: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • 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

Heritage Expands In New York, Boosting American Art, Jewelry And Comics

Heritage Auctions has announced the expansion of its New York staff with the hiring of Aviva Lehmann as Director of American Art, New York, Kate Waterman, Director of Jewelry, New York and Alex Miller, Comics Consignment Director.

"Heritage saw an opportunity to bring on top level talent in crucial categories while expanding our presence in New York," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "Aviva, Kate and Alex are, respectively, at the top of their fields and we're thrilled to bring them on board."

Aviva Lehmann, a graduate of Yeshiva University, comes to Heritage with 14 years in the auction industry and more than 10 years of specific, in-depth experience in American Art. Her broad knowledge and wide interest in every aspect of the field has made her a well-known name in the business, as has her previous position as Vice President, Specialist in the American Art department at Christie's, While there she was instrumental in establishing dozens of auction records in virtually every category of American Art, fully doubling the value of the company's sales in the category in its mid-season auction in 2004-06. Additionally, she has lectured on American Art at museums and institutions throughout the country.

Kate Waterhouse, a graduate of Elizabethtown College with a BA in Museum Studies and the Studio Arts with a concentration in sculpture, also attended the Sotheby's Institute of Art, London where she worked toward her Master's in Art Business with a concentration in auction house management and operation. While in the Sotheby's program, she worked at Bonham's Auctioneers in London before moving back to the states in 2006 to work as a Fine Jewelry specialist at Freeman's Auctioneers, later being promoted to Head of Department and Vice President in the spring of 2011. She earned her A.J.P. from the Gemological Institute of America and is currently working toward finishing her Graduate Gemology degree. Waterhouse joined the jewelry appraisal team on PBS' Antiques Roadshow in spring of 2010, the same year she became a member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians.

Alex Miller, a longtime collector and veteran of the comics business turned his passion for comics into a full-time job by helping to open and manage the Sunnyvale, CA based comic shop ComicsConspiracy while in college earning his degree in Computer Science. He then spent 12 years as a Wall Street consultant in the fields of computer programming and project management until 2003, when he started an eBay business as an auctioneer specializing in Silver, Bronze and Copper Age key appearance comic books and classic cars from the 1960s and 1970s.

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  Heritage Interactive
Opinion Poll

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

Which country's bullion coins do you prefer?
       A) United States (American Eagle, American Buffalo)
       B) Canada (Maple Leaf)
       C) China (Panda)
       D) Great Britain (Britannia)
       E) South Africa (Krugerrand)



If you are on Outlook 2007 take the Quiz online


Last week's questions:

What should the lowest valued circulating US coin be?
A) Cent (41%).
B) Nickel (33%).
C) Dime (16%).
D) Quarter (6%).
E) Get rid of all coins and use only paper money (4%).

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  Is it Time to Sell?

It's not too early to begin thinking about consigning your important coins and notes to our March Dallas auction of US coins and our Official Auctions of the 2013 Central States Convention. For a confidential discussion, call us: 800-872-6467 ext. 1000 (coins) or ext. 1001 (currency).

2013 March 21 - 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas
Consignment Deadline: February 5, 2013

2013 April 17 - 22 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
Consignment Deadline: February 25, 2013

2013 April 24 - 29 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
Consignment Deadline: March 4, 2013

2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago
Consignment Deadline: March 11, 2013

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

Interested in Selling?
What's My Coin Worth?
Consign to a Heritage Auction

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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
2013 February 7-8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1182
2013 February 7-8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1182
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131305
January 27, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131305
January 29, 2013
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241305
January 31, 2013
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231305
January 31, 2013
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141305
January 29, 2013
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Other Signature Auctions
2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129 2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129
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2013 February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070 2013 February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161304
January 27, 2013
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151304
January 27, 2013
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121304
January 27, 2013
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251305
January 29, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171305
January 29, 2013
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181305
January 31, 2013
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201305
January 31, 2013
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