Over $7.5 million sold in Dallas coin
Rare, high grade gold coins were the highlights as Heritage's
Dallas 2013 March 21-22 & 24 US Coin Signature
brought in over $7.6 million to its happy consignors.
All prices include a 17.5% Buyer's Premium.
The top coin in the auction, selling for $129,250, was a
proof 1861 eagle, at Proof 64 Cameo the
only such example that PCGS has awarded such a high grade with a
Cameo (or Deep Cameo) designation. Only one coin at NGC surpasses
it in numerical grade. Only ten examples are believed to survive of
this issue from the first year of the Civil War.
High grade examples of popular early gold issues also performed
well. A gem 1806 half eagle with Round Top 6 and a 7x6
obverse star arrangement broke the six figure mark at $111,625.
While the variety itself is not rare by the standards of early
gold, most examples are in circulated grades. Combined population
reports from the two major grading services show only four examples
grading MS65, with none higher, and in fact, two of these grading
events cover this specific coin. A 1801 eagle graded MS64 and featuring highly
contrasted (but undesignated) prooflike surfaces, sold for $88,125.
Only five examples bear higher numerical grades.
A rare variety of Christopher Bechtler gold, the 128 G(rain) five dollar piece with colon after
G, sold for $67,562. We believe that 6-10 of these coins are
known, and this example, graded AU55, is surpassed by only two
coins graded by the major services.
A few of the other highlights of this auction included:
- 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65+ PCGS Secure.
CAC. Realized $54,343.75
- 1854-D $3 VF35 PCGS. Gold CAC. Realized
- 1797 $1 9x7 Stars, Large Letters AU58 PCGS. CAC.
B-1, BB-73, R.3. Realized $49,937.50
- 1929 $5 MS63 PCGS. CAC. Realized $48,468.75
- 1924-S $20 MS64+ PCGS. CAC. Realized
- 1880-S $20 MS63 PCGS. Realized $42,593.75
- 1935-S 50C MS67 PCGS. CAC. Realized
- 1893-S $1 AU55 PCGS. Realized $38,187.50
- 1855 10C Arrows PR67 Cameo NGC. Realized
- 1847 10C PR66 Cameo NGC. Realized $35,250
Our next World and Ancient Coin Signature Auction is
open for bidding now at www.HA.com/coins, with the next US Coin Signature Auction scheduled to open for
bidding very soon!
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Seldom Seen Selections: The Finest Business Strike
California Gold Piece
Heritage is proud to present Eric P. Newman's Humbert ten dollar gold piece
, in the
amazing grade of MS68, in our upcoming 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature
. The remarkable Superb Gem specimen is, by three
points, the finest existing U.S. Assay Office gold piece,
possessing brilliant light yellow surfaces with satin luster and
tinges of greenish color natural to California-mined gold. It is
the finest business strike of any California gold issuer.
The fields are pristine and reflective, nearly prooflike in
appearance. A few scattered planchet voids are unique to this
piece. Obvious care was taken when this specimen was minted in
1852, and since that day it has been handled with its full
preservation in mind. From Augustus Humbert to his estate and
Andrew Zabriskie after him, this piece was briefly held by Waldo
Newcomer and Col. E.H.R. Green, followed by Eric P. Newman for the
last seven decades. Heritage acknowledges the assistance of Stuart
Levine, who discovered that this example was Humbert's own specimen
by matching it to the Zabriskie plate, and Dan Hamelberg, who first
noticed the Newcomer plate appearance.
The obverse depicts an eagle above a shield with wings spread,
its head turned toward its left wing, arrows in one talon, an olive
branch in the other talon, holding a ribbon inscribed LIBERTY in
its beak. Below the eagle, the denomination is expressed as TEN
DOLS. with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around. A scroll in the field
over the eagle expresses the gold purity as 884 THOUS:. The shield
is crudely engraved, with no horizontal crossbars and five vertical
stripes. The leftmost and rightmost vertical stripes have two
individual lines (i.e. two pale gules) while the three central
stripes have three lines each (three pale gules). The entire
obverse die is covered with tiny raised dots usually described as
die rust, along with a spider web of die cracks far too numerous to
The reverse has a central block for its inscription: AUGUSTUS
HUMBERT. / UNITED STATES ASSAYER / OF GOLD. CALIFORNIA. / 1852. The
areas above and below are filled with elaborate scrollwork. There
is no evidence of lettering errors or repunching on either die. The
letters in the reverse inscription were formed through the use of
individual punches. The letter A appears six times on the reverse,
and each has an identical doubled crossbar. The letter E appears
four times, and each has identical filling within the letter. Other
repeated letters also show common characteristics.
The United States Assay Office operated as a provisional mint
from 1851 through 1853 prior to the San Francisco Mint, which
opened in 1854. The provisional mint was operated under the
supervision of Moffat & Co. in 1851 and 1852, Augustus Humbert
serving as the assayer. After Moffat retired early in 1852, Curtis,
Perry, and Ward continued the operation. Throughout the three year
period, gold coins were issued in the denominations of ten, twenty,
and fifty dollars. The earlier issues under Moffat & Co., such
as this specimen, identify Augustus Humbert as the United States
Assayer of Gold in California, while later pieces omit Humbert's
Items being sold are from the extensive
collection of Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (a
Missouri not-for-profit corporation) and have been assembled over a
period of 90 years. Proceeds of the sale of all items will be used
exclusively for the benefit of other not-for-profit institutions
selected by Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society for public
purposes and also for supplementing the Society's own museum
operations and scholarly research efforts.
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For our many clients who see something they want in one of our
auctions, but may not have enough cash on hand to immediately pay
for it, we are pleased to offer an Extended Payment Plan for many
of our Signature and Grand Format auctions.
The features of the plan are as follows:
- Minimum invoice total is $2,500.
- You may take up to four (4) months to pay the balance (monthly
payments of at least 1/6th of invoice total).
- Interest is calculated at only 1% per month (12% annually) on
the unpaid balance, and must be kept current.
- Minimum down payment is 25% within two weeks of the sale date.
All down payments made beyond this 2 week window will require a 35%
down payment, and the term will be shortened to 3 months.
- to a refundable 3% set-up fee, which will be paid as part of
your 1st monthly installment. This fee will be refundable upon
completion of the plan if the following conditions are
- All payments (including the down payment) must be made on-time
per your specific EPP schedule (there will be a brief grace
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following payment methods: cash, check, cashier's check, eCheck,
money order, or bank draft.
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All traditional sales policies still apply. Due to the nature of
the business and market volatility, there is no return privilege
once you have confirmed your sale, and penalties can be incurred on
cancelled orders. To participate in this program, follow these
- Get pre-approved by filling out a credit application.
- Bid normally and win some lots.
- Heritage will maintain possession of all the lots until paid in
full. Therefore, you must notify us of your intent to use our
Extended Payment Plan on or before the day of the auction. All
pre-shipped material must be returned to Heritage in order for the
plan to be in effect.
- When you get your electronic invoice, select "other" from the
- Send an e-mail to CreditDept@HA.com indicating the
invoice number and your intention to use the Extended Payment
The Extended Payment Plan is also available for inventory items
available directly from Heritage. Terms are similar, except that
you may take up to 4 months to pay, the minimum down payment is
20%, and the minimum invoice total is $2,000.
The Extended Payment Plan is not offered for Weekly Internet
Auctions and may not be available on specific items or for specific
Signature and Grand Format auctions. Please review the home page of
the auction and item you are interested in to confirm that the
Extended Payment Plan is available.
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued dimes to sell in Heritage auctions, one
- 1894-S 10C PR65 PCGS. Realized $1,035,000
- 1873-CC No Arrows MS 64 PCGS. Realized $632,500
- 1804 10C 14 Stars on Reverse AU58 NGC. CAC. JR-2, R.5.
- 1797 10C 13 Stars MS65 NGC. JR-2, R.4. Realized
- 1803 10C MS64 NGC. JR-3, R.4. Realized $322,000
- 1796 10C MS67 * NGC. JR-4, R.3. Realized $299,000
- 1798 10C Small 8 MS66 NGC. JR-3, R.5. Realized
- 1919-D 10C MS 66 Full Bands PCGS. Realized
- 1916-D 10C MS67 Full Bands PCGS. CAC. Realized
- 1838 10C No Drapery PR67 Cameo NGC. Realized
Patterns have been excluded.
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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 a 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 Nature & Science 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
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- Currency Cataloger: Dallas
- Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
- Operations Assistant: Dallas
- PHP Web Developer: Dallas
- Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas
- WPF Applications Developer: Dallas
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply here.
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Classic Saturday Evening Post Covers Highlight
Heritage Illustration Event In Beverly Hills
J.C. Leyendecker's Honeymoon, The Saturday Evening Post
cover, July 17, 1926, one of the illustrator's all-time
greatest Post covers, is expected to bring $80,000+ as the
centerpiece of Heritage Auctions' April 11-12 Illustration Art Signature® Auction.
"I would argue that this is not only one of Leyendecker's
greatest Post covers, but one of his greatest works,
period," said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage
Auctions. "The detail, the amazingly vibrant color and the vividly
depicted subjects all add up to a masterpiece among masterpieces
from one of the form's greatest practitioners. I fully expect top
collectors to come after this piece with tremendous
As a complement to the Leyendecker cover Heritage will also be
offering two more superb Post covers from two more names whose art
are closely associated with the publication, neither of which has
ever been offered at auction: John Philip Falter's Antique Store Accident, The Saturday
Evening Post cover, June 20, 1959 (estimate: $40,000+) and
Thorton Utz's joyfully detailed Love's Lost Child at Information Booth,
The Saturday Evening Post Christmas cover, December 20, 1958
"It's hard to remember a more balanced auction for all collector
tastes than this," said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage
Auctions. "There's truly an A+ example for every collecting
interest, across every wrinkle of the genre, this time out."
Further Golden Age highlights include two stunning
Jessie Willcox Smith paintings — led by his evocative The
Story Hour, Harper's Bazaar story illustration, May
1903 (Estimate: $100,000+) — along with one of the greatest Dean
Cornwell paintings Heritage has ever offered, The
Desert Healer, Cosmopolitan magazine story
illustration, November 1922 (estimate: $30,000+), and Norman
Man with Rod and Reel, preliminary study for an
advertisement, circa 1940 (estimate: $30,000+).
Pin-Up and Pulp Art is always a hugely popular segment in
Heritage Illustration events, and this auction features examples by
the biggest names in the form, including Gil Elvgren's Doctor,
Are All Those Fellows Interns?, Brown & Bigelow
calendar pin-up, 1946 (Estimate: $40,000+), a never-before-offered
classic from the master of the Pin-Up, and a beautiful Alberto
in Blue with Phone (Maxine Emitt), circa 1952 (estimate:
the world record price for Patrick Nagel art that Heritage set in
its last illustration auction, the company is offering one of the
largest — almost seven-foot tall — and most impressive paintings by
Nagel ever to come to auction, his Her
Seductive Look (estimate: $20,000+).
Pulp Art is particularly strong in this auction, led by one of
the all-time science fiction classic covers, Earle Bergey's
The Cybernetic Brains, Startling Stories pulp
cover, September 1950 (estimate: $30,000+) and complemented by
extraordinary pulp covers from Margaret Brundage, The
Six Sleepers, Weird Tales pulp cover, October 1935
(estimate: $30,000+) and Frank R. Paul's The
Ideal, Wonder Stories pulp magazine cover, September
1935 (estimate: $10,000+).
information about Fine Art auctions.
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Doodle for Hunger auction is now open
"Doodle for Hunger" is a fun online auction of
original signed works of art by comic and illustration artists.
These artists put their creative skills to good use by doodling to
support 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. The St. Francis Food
Pantries & Shelters also fights hunger through special events
for those in need. Each location has customized its program
according to the needs of the local community.
John Reiner and Bunny Hoest
Matthew Van Fleet
Working together with the staff and volunteers at various
locations to promote emotional and physical well-being through
programs sponsored by banks, hospitals, social service providers,
and the corporate community, the St. Francis Food Pantries &
Shelters raises awareness of the needs within the community and
forges new relationships.
The auction is offered on the internet only. Bidding will open
March 24 at 10 PM CT and will close Friday April 14 at 10 PM CT.
For more information, contact Jeri Carroll, 800.872.6476 x1873 or
More information about Charity auctions.
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