Seven million-dollar-plus numismatic lots in $57+
million Central States event
A fabled, century-old rare U.S. nickel, the
1913 5C Liberty PR63 PCGS
, recovered from a fatal car crash and
then unsuspectingly kept in a closet for 41 years because it was
mistakenly declared to be a fake, sold for $3,172,500 on Thursday
night, April 25, 2013, to lead our Central States Numismatic
Society U.S. Coins Signature® Auction
in Schaumburg, IL.
The pre-auction estimate on the coin was $2.5+ million.
This particular example of one of the world's most famous rare
coins is perhaps the most special of them all given its amazing
story. Not only is it just one of only five known, genuine
1913-dated Liberty Head design nickels, this particular one was off
the radar for decades until it literally came out of the closet
after a nationwide search and was authenticated by experts in a
secret midnight meeting in Baltimore in 2003.
The Heritage CSNS events, combined, featured seven lots that all
brought prices realized exceeding $1 million, the first time such
an outcome has been achieved. Before these auctions, the most
million dollar items sold, combined, at any numismatic auction was
three, which Heritage did on three separate occasions in January
and November of 2005 and in January of 2010.
The quartet of seven figure U.S. coin rarities, led by the
Walton Nickel, included the unique 1783 Nova Constellatio Pattern Quint, Silver,
Type Two AU53 PCGS Secure — one of the most interesting and
esoteric offerings in all of American numismatics — which realized
$1.175 million, while a 1796 $1 Small Date, Small Letters MS65 NGC, from
the William Jacobs Collection, Part II, brought $1.175
million and the Eric P. Newman Specimen of the 1852 $10 Humbert
Ten Dollar MS68 NGC, CAC, thrilled the auction room crowd when
it finished platinum night at $1.05+ million, a priced realized
worthy of Newman’s esteemed name in the world of numismatics.
Overall, the US coin auction found nearly $42 million in coins
changing hands. A few of the many other highlights of this auction
- 1792 One
Cent, Judd-1, High R.6, MS61+ Brown NGC. Realized $822,500
- 1828 $5
MS64 PCGS. CAC. BD-4. Realized $499,375
$20 Special Strike SP66 PCGS. CAC. Fourth 1906-D Double Eagle
Struck in Denver. Realized $440,625
- 1839 25C
No Drapery PR65 NGC. Realized $411,250
- 1804 10C
14 Stars on Reverse MS63 NGC. JR-2. Realized $367,187.50
$1 Branch Mint PR67 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Realized $270,250
$1 MS65 NGC. Realized $258,500
- 1841 25C
PR66 NGC. Realized $235,000
- 1794 1C
Head of 1794 MS66 Red and Brown PCGS. CAC. S-26. Realized
- 1915 No
S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar, Judd-1792/1962, R.8, PR66+ Red and
Brown NGC. CAC. Realized $199,750
At the same venue, the next night, a
Fr. 379c $1000 1891 Treasury Note PCGS Extremely Fine 45PPQ
sold for $2.585 million as part of Heritage’s Central States
Numismatic Society U.S.
Currency Signature® Auction
. The note, depicting Civil War era
General George Gordon Meade — and once redeemable in gold and the
only one known example of the bill outside the Smithsonian
Institution — set a world's record price for any paper money ever
sold. It was part of a trio of rare U.S. Currency that brought more
than $6.18 million all together.
The other two notes in the trinity of record setting bills was a
1863 Gold Certificate PCGS Apparent Extremely Fine 40 that
realized $2.1+ million and a Fr.
379a $1000 1890 Treasury Note PCGS Apparent Extremely Fine 45,
that realized $1.5+ million.
All three of the notes came from The Greensboro Collection,
The $15.8+ million US Currency Signature auction featured many
other highlights, including:
Combined with the $10.5 million World
& Ancient Coins Signature Auction, which took place April
18-19 & 22-23, Heritage sold over $68 million in rare coins
over a two week period in Chicago. The next Heritage
US coin auction, scheduled for June 6-9 in Long Beach, CA, is
coming together nicely, with previews of many lots available now
and bidding expected to begin around May 18 at www.HA.com/coins.
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Seldom Seen Selections: 1876 Proof Three Dollar,
perhaps a restrike
Our upcoming 2013 June 6 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long
features a gem example of the low-mintage 1876 three dollar
gold piece, with Cameo contrast
. Like its celebrated older
sibling, the 1876 three is also a proof-only issue. The 1875 proof
three was struck in the recorded amount of 20 coins, while the 1876
saw a larger mintage of 45 pieces. During this era of Mint history,
however, it was customary to report the number of proofs minted,
but not the number that were usually melted as unsold after the
calendar year ended.
In the case of rarities such as proof-only issues, however,
another scenario played out in many cases, and the same applies to
pattern issues. They were apt to be produced for collectors and the
well-connected as delicacies in the case of pattern issues. Rare
regular issues such as the proof-only threes of 1875 and 1876 were
also apt to be restruck or to have seen a second batch struck
within the same year. This is mentioned for those purists who
object that the term "restrike" should be reserved for coins struck
again at a date later than that borne on the coinage. That is
apparently what happened with both the 1875 and 1876 proof threes;
the restrikes show die rust on the obverse, as does this piece
under a loupe. Bowers notes that the rusted obverse die does not
necessarily indicate that the pieces were struck after 1876;
remember, the date is on the reverse of this design, so the obverse
die used could have rusted before 1876. The "restrikes" of the 1875
are identifiable by an obverse die of 1873-74.
This piece is an essentially pristine coin with the only
mentionable contact marks located in the lower left of the obverse.
Copious contrast is seen between the reflective, jet-black fields
and the well-frosted golden-yellow devices. A loupe reveals the
faint traces of die rust, most prominent seen is a small "dot"
behind the eye, with scattered other areas on the cheek, neck, and
lower hair. The lower inside leaf within the wreath on the reverse
is thin, as usually seen. The fields show a few slight hairlines
that likely determine the grade, but the eye appeal is
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten 19th century proof coins most frequently offered in
- 1883 Three Cent Nickel
- 1883 No Cents Liberty Nickel
- 1883 Shield Nickel
- 1881 Three Cent Nickel
- 1882 Nickel
- 1882 Three Cent Nickel
- 1888 Three Cent Nickel
- 1889 Three Cent Nickel
- 1880 Trade Dollar
- 1884 Three Cent Nickel
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Heritage's Mark Borckardt to teach new ANA Summer
Our very own Mark Borckardt is among the slate of world-renowned
numismatists teaching the new "Legends in Numismatics" course at
The American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar. The course will
be offered during both sessions, June 22-28 and June 29-July 5, in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
will be a rare opportunity for students to get first-hand
experience with some of the icons in the numismatic industry. Along
with Mark Borckardt, instructors will include Neil Shafer, Fred
Holabird, and Ira Goldberg. This week-long session will give
students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of territorial
gold, money of panics and depressions, coins that made history and
the first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
From June 22-28, instructors will include Ira Goldberg, Neil
Shafer, Fred Holabird, and Heritage's own Mark Borckardt. This
week-long session will give students an opportunity to enhance
their knowledge of territorial gold, money of panics and
depressions, coins that made history and the first U.S. Mint in
Find out more about the
Legends In Numismatics course at the ANA Summer Seminar.
The ANA Summer Seminar is given in two sessions, June 22-28 and
June 29-July 5. For more details, please visit the ANA's website.
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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
- Building Operations / Maintenance Associate: Dallas
- Client Data Specialist: Dallas/Part-time
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Currency Cataloger: Dallas
- Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
- PHP Web Developer: Dallas
- Studio Photographer: 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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Stunning Frank Miller Dark Knight Original Art at
Heritage Auctions in May
The best grouping of Frank Miller Dark Knight artwork
ever to be offered in a single auction, led by one of the most
evocative images from the famed series, The Dark Knight Returns #2 Batman and Robin
Splash Page 36 Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $75,000+,
depicting a seriously wounded and determined Bruce Wayne in a
fatherly embrace with his protégé Robin (Carrie Kelly), will cross
the block on May 17 in Dallas as the highlight lot in Heritage
Auctions' Comics and Original Comic Art Signature®
"This drawing encompasses everything that the relationship
between Batman and Robin represented as Miller re-imagined and
re-energized the franchise," said Todd Hignite, Vice President of
Heritage Auctions. "This is the story many fans consider the
greatest Batman story ever told and this is one of the greatest,
most evocative moments in the entire story. It's a truly
transcendent image from one of the great comic sagas of all
The Dark Knight splash page is complemented in the
auction by two more Miller interior masterpieces — The
Dark Knight #3 Clark Kent/Bruce Wayne Page 14 Original Art (DC,
1986), estimated at $40,000+, and The
Dark Knight Returns #2 Batman and Robin Ride the Batcycle Page 38
Original Art (DC, 1986), estimated at $30,000+. The latter is a
study in contrast between DC's twin icons, Superman and Batman, in
their secret identities as Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, while the
former stars Batman, Robin, Commissioner Gordon and an appearance
of the Batcycle.
truly high-grade copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance
of Spider-Man and what is easily the most sought after Silver Age
comic book of all, is the top comic book in the auction, and is
expected to bring more than $85,000. The event also marks the 50th
Signature® Auction assembled and staged by Heritage's Comics and
Original Comic Art Department.
"What better way to celebrate our 50th auction than with a
remarkable copy of one of the top comic books on the planet?" said
Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations for the Comics Department at
Heritage Auctions. "Advanced collectors are all over this copy, and
rightly so. Two years ago a copy in the same grade brought more
than $80,000 when it came up for auction. Since then, values have
continued to soar. This could certainly go several ticks
From Marvel's Bronze Age comes three
pivotal pages of original art — 27, 30 and 31 — in Dave Cockrum's
masterpiece X-Men #100 "Death of Jean Grey," (Marvel, 1976),
one of the most memorable X-Men sagas of all, while from the Modern
Age of Marvel comes Todd
McFarlane's Amazing Spider-Man #324 Sabretooth Cover Original Art
(Marvel, 1989), "The Assassin Revealed: Sabretooth." Both
pieces are estimated at $75,000+.
Whenever original George Herriman hand-colored Krazy Kat Sunday
comic strip art surfaces at auction the collecting world takes
notice, as it has for a Herriman
original dated 6-25-22 (King Features Syndicate, 1922), a
masterpiece estimated at $50,000+. This wonderful strip spotlights
four of the major Krazy Kat characters — Ignatz Mouse, Bum Bill
Bee, Offisa Bull Pupp, and Krazy Kat herself — as they deal with
Ignatz's mischievous meddling in a meet-up between Bum Bill Bee and
information about Comics auctions.
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Charity for Children Auction #534 - Benefiting All
A Dale Earnhardt NASCAR car front end is
being auctioned with proceeds from the sale donated to All
Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. All Children's
Hospital is the only specialty licensed children's hospital on
Florida's West coast. Founded in 1926, All Children's has grown
into a leading pediatric referral center that is dedicated to
advancing treatment, education, research and advocacy in child
The Charity for Children Auction is open for bidding
until May 9 at 10 PM CT. The lot is located in Dallas, TX and may
be previewed in Dallas with advance notice. For more information,
contact Jeri Carroll, 800.872.6476 x1873 or JeriC@HA.com.
information about Charity auctions.
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Is it Time to Sell?
Heritage is dedicated to selling your rare coins and currency
for top dollar in the marketplace, providing you with the right
auction at the right venue. Your coins can sell alongside thousands
of rarities. In recent auctions, Heritage has achieved
extraordinary prices realized. Our world-class marketing is second
to none. Our more than 750,000 online bidder-members ensure a wide
reaching audience for your coins.
We invite your consignment to the Official Summer FUN 2013
Auction. Call one of our Consignment Directors today!
2013 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coin Signature Auction –
What's My Coin Worth?
Consign to a Heritage Auction
Consignment Deadline: May 28, 2013
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