Famous Rarities with a past offered in upcoming
Numismatists have long known that five 1913 Liberty Nickels
existed, but until about 10 years ago, the George O. Walton
specimen was believed to have been lost in an auto accident.
Happily for Mr. Walton's heirs, the coin they owned, long thought
to have been a fake, turned out to be the real thing, and it
will be offered for sale
for the first time ever at Platinum
Night in our upcoming 2013
April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction
1913 Liberty nickels were struck clandestinely at the Mint, from
proof dies on planchets intended for circulation. This is one of
only three available to collectors, with the other two in museums,
and this offering has already received a great deal of attention in
the mainstream media. Although certified by PCGS, it will be sold
in the plastic holder it has long resided in, along with the PCGS
insert which authenticates the coin and denotes the grade
Also in April, we will be offering one of only three known
examples of the Canadian 1936 Dot cent in our 2013
April 17 - 22 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction.
All three pieces were once owned by John Jay Pittman, but this
coin was stolen in 1964 and later returned, with scratches in
the right obverse field.
Unlike the 1913 Liberty Nickel, the 1936 dot cent was originally
intended for circulation. The Royal Canadian Mint had prepared 1937
coinage with the portrait of King Edward VIII, but upon his
abdication in late 1936, the design was no longer valid. Because of
a coin shortage, Canada was forced to continue production of
1936-dated 1, 10, and 25 cent coins into 1937, and it was felt that
the new coinage needed to be distinguishable from coins produced in
1936, and a dot was placed below the date. Only the 25 cent piece
was actually placed into circulation, and both the cent and the ten
cent piece are great rarities today.
We are still accepting consignments
for both of these outstanding auctions, where your coins can sell
alongside these and other great rarities. The deadline for World
Coins is February 25, and the US coin deadline is two weeks later
on March 11.
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All-Ancients Weekly Auction (February 7-14,
Our next internet Weekly
World Coin Auction will be an all-ancients affair with 119
individual and group lots from the Westchester Collection, which
was partly sold in our New York International auction on January 7.
The auction opens Thursday, February 7 and runs for ONE WEEK ONLY,
closing Thursday, February 14 at 10 p.m. Central Time. This is a
diverse offering of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins in all metals
with estimates ranging from under $100 to $1,000 and more. The
Westchester Collection is particularly strong in Judaean coins and
Judaea-related city and Roman coins. Here are a few highlights:
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Heritage Auctions records best year to date in
2012: $860+ million total sales
Heritage Auctions experienced its fourth straight year of record
sales in 2012: more than $860 million, the highest tally yet for
the world's third largest auction house and largest auctioneer of
high end collectibles. Markets ranging from U.S. Coins, Comics and Comic Art and Historical Americana
showed strong gains as did sales of Western Art, which more than
tripled over last year.
"Heritage is attracting new buyers across more categories than
ever before," said Steve Ivy, Co-Chairman and CEO of Heritage
Auctions. "Both consigners and collectors alike can use our
services with the utmost trust, transparency and
remains the core of
Heritage's business with a record $218.68 million in sales in 2012,
including $174.51 million sold during Signature® Auctions. World and Ancient Coin
have seen stunning growth over the last four years and increased an
impressive 40% to $25.4 million last year — a record achievement
bolstered by growth across the board.
Yet another success story took place at Heritage's design
district annex where auction sales in fine art grew 20% in 2012 to exceed
$45.5 million — the category's best year ever. Sales of Western and Texas Art more
than tripled in 2012, solidifying Heritage as a leader in the
category with $10.4 million in total sales. Likewise, Heritage's
antiques and decorative
arts sales grew 32% to exceed $7.27 million — highlighted by
the largest single collection of Lalique offered at auction at one
time, which realized $1.6 million.
Heritage's growing comic book and comic art department saw its
fourth record year in a row with sales exceeding $37 million,
including Weekly Comic Internet-only auctions which realized $7.4
million — a new record for the subset and a 17% increase over 2011.
Heritage's Vintage Comics &
Comic Art Signature® Auctions
recorded $27.98 million in sales,
highlighted by the $657,250 sale of Todd McFarlane's original cover
Amazing Spider-Man #328
and the first Calvin
and Hobbes Sunday comic strip
ever sold at auction, which
brought $203,150, as well as by the company's August auction, which
topped $10.8 million to stand as the highest grossing comic auction
"Diversification and has been key to our success," Ivy said.
"We're proud to offer Heritage as a one-stop trusted platform for
selling diversified, high value collections and estates. We're the
largest auction house capable of delivering success to every aspect
of a collection and are honored to help so many wonderful
consignors attain record prices for their precious objects."
Heritage retained its title as the world's largest seller of
after closing the year with more than $19.24 million in sales. In
August, Heritage offered a set of baseball cards from 1910
popularly referred to as the "Black
." Found covered in soot in an attic in Defiance,
Ohio, the first 37 cards brought $566,131. In May, Heritage
auctioned the baseball
that rolled between the legs of first baseman Bill Buckner at the
1986 World Series
, allowing the New York Mets to win in the
10th inning, for $418,250.
It also was a record year for sales of rare books and manuscripts,
with $7.27 million, led by impressive growth in Weekly Internet Rare Books
Heritage's budding Luxury Accessories department
redefined the category in 2012 with $5.12 million in sales,
including a record $3.2 million Handbags
& Luxury Accessories Signature® Auction, featuring the
world's most exclusive handbag: an Hermès
Diamond Birkin, which realized more than $100,000. Luxury
Weekly Vintage Internet auctions realized $677,000+ – delivering an
average of $700 per lot sold in 2012 and establishing itself as a
seamless and affordable entry point to the market.
During 2012, Heritage again invested in technology to make
bidding easier on HA.com and
though HeritageLive!, our proprietary bidding software. Clients may
now sign in using PayPal, the most popular payment methods used by
collectors on mobile devices. Clients also may now request text
messages to their smartphones when lots they are bidding on,
tracking or consigning are coming up for auction.
The growth has sparked expansion in staff at the firm's Dallas
headquarters as well as our locations in New York, San Francisco
and Beverly Hills. Additional positions have recently opened in the
areas of 20th Century Design, Vintage Firearms, Trusts &
Estates and Coins and Currency. A full list may be found on our
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Website Tips: Do's and Don'ts For Sending Images
Every day Heritage receives thousands of emails and phone calls
from clients all over the world asking us to evaluate their
property. Almost always, our first response is: send us a
photograph of the item. The old adage "A picture is worth a
thousand words" is very true... but only when the "picture"
provides useful information. Here's a list of basic do's and don'ts
when sending photographs of your property to our specialists for
DO send photographs that are in focus and have enough light
to see the item being photographed.
If you can't see what it is, then we can't either.
DON'T email photographs larger than 1MB each.
Larger-sized digital photographs are easier to zoom in and see the
details, but too many extremely large photographs in one email
completely crashes our computer system. Use a zip file if you need
to send more than a dozen images. On the other hand...
DON'T email photographs too small.
Digital photographs less than 100KB are so small that we can't see
the item well enough to give an opinion on its age, quality, and
DO check your images before you click Send.
More often than you would think, we receive someone's personal
photographs attached to the email by mistake. It doesn't take but a
second to double check that you are sending the correct images.
Some of you sure throw some wild parties!
DON'T send photographs with large glares.
Camera flashes and direct sunlight often produce glares in
photographs, especially on pieces that are framed with glass or
have very shiny surfaces. If your piece is framed, you may have to
remove the glass in order to photograph it.
DO send photographs of the entire front and the entire
Close-up photographs are great, but don't forget to send us a
photograph of the overall front and back of the piece(s). We don't
want to miss anything important because it was cropped out of the
photograph. Note — it's generally OK to send photographs of only
one side of comic books, sportscards, or movie posters.
DO send a detail of the signature and any other markings, if
you are inquiring about any kind of artwork or autograph.
Signatures, dates, titles, inscriptions, labels — they are all
important and the detail images that you send assist us in
determining the best value for your piece.
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten most commonly offered circulation strike Buffalo Nickels in
- 1937-D 3 Legged
- 1913 Type One
- 1913-S Type Two
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send
it to us!
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