Rare 1929 West, Texas, $10 note selling May 21 to
benefit blast victims' families
A rare 1929 West, Texas $10 bill will be offered
in Heritage Auctions' May 21 Tuesday Internet Currency Auction
to benefit the victims of the April 17 explosion that killed 14
people, including eleven firefighters and first responders.
Heritage is donating all proceeds, including the sale price and the
buyer's premium from the bill, in addition to producing a limited
edition poster featuring the rare note. The collectible poster will
be available for $25 each with all of the proceeds donated to the
Order the $25 Limited Edition poster here.
"This note is symbolic of the hardworking people of West,
Texas," said Dustin Johnston, Director of Currency Auctions for
Heritage. "We know the town will pull through this and we know bank
note collectors will recognize this as a great way to promote
donations that go directly to the victims' families."
This series 1929 Type 2 serial number 1 note, graded PCGS Very
Choice New 64PPQ, is one of only 11 known for this bank and was
last sold by Heritage in September 2009 as part of The Lone Star
Collection. The first settlers of McLennan County, in which lies
the town of West, arrived in the 1840s; by the 1880s, rail
transport brought prosperity to the rich farming lands. By the
1890s, businesses were abundant in West, named after land owner,
Thomas West. Starting in 1865, banks could place bonds and other
securities on deposit with the US Treasury and receive notes
bearing their name to circulate in their area. They were known as
National Banks and West had three of these banks between 1900 and
1934, each of which issued notes bearing the name West.
The West Volunteer Fire Department has created a fund for
donations and will divide revenues equally among the families who
suffered a loss. Established in 1894 as the West Hose Company #1,
the West Volunteer Fire Department relies on all-volunteer
firefighters and is a fire department whose fundraising efforts
helped build the current firehouse.
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Young Numismatist Essay Contest #2 Winner
Heritage Auctions holds a quarterly essay contest to
encourage and support young numismatists and budding authors.
Contest rules can be found at HA.com/YNessay. Essays should be emailed to
Korver@HA.com, or mailed to: Bob
Korver (YN Essay Contest), Heritage Auctions, 3500 Maple Ave.,
Dallas TX 75219
Gift from the Canadian Army
By Justin Bowen, Age 15, Ontario
It was a sunny spring day in London. I was waiting for the Tube
at Green Park Station with my family. We were on our way to see the
hospital where I was born. It was the first time I had gone back to
my birthplace since I had left England six and a half years ago. I
was excited to see the monuments, museums and castles of
About a minute before the train arrived, a group of soldiers
walked in. They were in Canadian Forces uniforms with a poppy
pinned above their hearts. Noticing my brother's t-shirt had a
large Canadian flag on it, they introduced themselves. They had
just returned from the Middle East and were going to visit a
wounded comrade. Once we sat down, we realized how excited they
were to be talking to non-Military Canadians, especially children.
I had a feeling that they missed their own children, with whom they
soon would be reunited.
Then, their Sergeant handed me three coins, and kindly said, "I
think you might find these interesting." I thanked him, and asked
if he knew anything about the coins. He replied, "I don't know much
about them, although they come from the Middle East." I later
learned that they are one Dirham coins from the United Arab
Emirates, of which two are dated AH 1419, or 1998 AD, and the other
is dated AH 1415, 1995 AD. After more talk, we arrived at our
destination. As we parted, my brother and I said, "Thank you for
the coins", after which I told them, "I know your children can't
wait to see you!"
I have been fascinated in history since I was very young, and I
found these coins to be very interesting. I stored the coins in the
same way that I stored my rock collection; in small boxes with
dividers, split by country, where I could easily take each coin out
and look at it. With this, I started my coin hoarding period, where
I hoarded world coins and circulating commemorative coins. I
collected a set of U.S. State Quarters and a set of circulating
Olympic Commemorative quarters. After hoarding for seven years, I
learned that I was moving from Calgary, Canada to London,
The move motivated me to cut down the space it took me to store
my 'collection', so that I could bring it with me. This motivation
was also triggered by the fact that I was moving to England, where
I find the coins to be interesting, unlike modern Canadian coins,
which have been the same since before I was born.
Unfortunately, we didn't move to England. Instead, my family
moved to Toronto, Canada. While organizing my coin hoard, I saw the
coins that the Sergeant had given me, reminding me of the event
that had started it all. I quickly caught the coin collecting bug,
having joined Coin Community Forum soon after. After reading posts
on the forum, I realized that Ancient coins and American coins were
what I wanted to collect. At 14 years old, I was the youngest
person that I have heard of that collects ancient coins. I am now
15 years old and have become a Pillar of the Community on Coin
Community Forum, with 1300 posts.
One thing has not changed: how much I love this hobby!
Bob's comments: Young numismatists 'North of the Border' are
clearly an enthusiastic lot, judging from the number of essays we
receive from them. For the sake of accuracy, I must also note the
degree of interest of adult numismatists in the Canadian numismatic
clubs who are anxious to support budding hobbyists. I for one do
not think the results are coincidental. And while we often hear of
the importance of a mentoring adult in cultivating the collecting
interest, not as much notice is given to the excitement that can be
generated by a chance encounter — and the long-lasting
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Website Tips: Draggable Image
If you've been on our website for any length of time, you've
probably done a little research into an item or two by looking at
closeup images. You have a couple of options on how to do this —
the Pan and Zoom feature, usable on all active and
upcoming lots, and a simple closeup of an individual image,
available on all pages. You can toggle between the two on any lot
page for upcoming lots.
We haven't changed Pan and Zoom, but we have made a significant
improvement to the closeup image page. Now, if you click on any of
the images of a lot (or the Look Closer icon as in the screenshot
above), you get a single page where you can navigate back and forth
between all images for the same lot. Just click on the thumbnail
images in order to view the closeup.
By default, this page allows you to drag the viewable image by
clicking and moving the image to the area you wish to inspect. (put
screenshots below side by side) If you wish to scroll the image
rather than drag it, click on the "Disable Click and Drag Pan
Feature" button below the thumbnails.
The listing of thumbnails can intrude on some images. To get
around this, you can close and open this listing at any time by
clicking on the Hide Thumbnails/Show Thumbnails buttons.
Best of all, this feature is available for all Heritage lots
that have images, including the auction archives.
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued NGC-graded coins sold in Heritage
- 1913 5C Liberty PR64 NGC. The Olsen Specimen.
- 1804 $1 Original PR62 NGC. Realized $3,737,500
- 1787 Brasher New York Style Doubloon. EB Punch on
Breast. XF45 NGC. Realized $2,990,000
- 1787 Brasher New York Style Doubloon. EB Punch on Wing.
AU55 NGC. Realized $2,415,000
- 1907 $10 Satin PR67 NGC. Realized $2,185,000
- 1839/8 $10 Type of 1838 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC.
- 1927-D $20 MS65 NGC. Realized $1,322,500
- 1855-S $3 PR64 Cameo NGC. CAC. Realized
- 1796 $1 Small Date, Small Letters MS65 NGC. CAC. B-2,
BB-63, R.4. CAC. Realized $1,175,000
- 1852 $10 Humbert Ten Dollar MS68 NGC. CAC. Kagin-10,
R.5. Realized $1,057,500
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send
it to us!
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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
- Coin Buyer: (San Francisco, Dallas, New York)
- Decorative Arts & Design Specialist
- European Art Specialist
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New York,
- 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
- Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
- Consignment Coordinator: Dallas
- Currency Cataloger: Dallas
- Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
- PHP Web Developer: Dallas
- Rare Books Cataloger: Dallas
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply here.
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Complete Andy Warhol Endangered Species And Ads
1985 Portfolios Expected To Exceed $250,000+ Each At Modern And
Contemporary Art Event
portfolio of 10 screen prints from Andy Warhol's Endangered Species, 1983, may bring
$250,000 to lead Heritage Auctions' May 22 Modern and Contemporary Art Signature® Auction
in Dallas. Each signed and numbered in pencil, the portfolio is
presented in a single lot and is one of eight lots featuring the
Master of Pop Art, to include Ads, 1985, ($200,000+), Liz, 1967, ($5,000+) and Teddy Roosevelt, from the Cowboys and
Indians portfolio, ($12,000+).
"The fine Warhols are just a few of the more than 200 lots of
fresh to market paintings, sculpture and photography offered in
this auction," said Frank Hettig, Director of Modern &
Contemporary Art at Heritage. "This is a powerful selection."
Ed Ruscha's Rustic Pines, 1967, ($150,000) created
using gunpowder on paper makes a rare auction appearance from a
private collection, as does his color screen print Double Standard, 1969, ($40,000+). It
is joined by Old Police Headquarters, New York City,
1984, by Richard Estes ($120,000+) and Mel Ramos' oil on canvas
Georgia Peach, 1964, ($80,000+).
Selected as the catalog cover lot to represent the auction's
selection comes Karl Benjamin's #43,
1964, ($25,000+), which is offered alongside Roy Lichtenstein's
American flag-inspired Forms
in Space, 1985, ($30,000+).
American sculptor Robert Longo's Strong
in Love, 1986, ($50,000+) leads a selection of fine
sculptural offerings which includes Vase
deux anses hautes, 1953, ($30,000+) by Pablo Picasso.
the modern masterpieces in the auction, the magnificent, 7-foot
Cobalt Chandelier, 2003, ($60,000+) created by artist Dale
Chihuly is one of a handful ever to appear at auction. The
Chandelier measures 7-foot tall by 6-foot wide and is illuminated
by a neon core surrounded by hundreds of Chihuly's hand-blown glass
The artwork is also externally lit. The Chandelier is offered at
auction through the federal court-appointed receivership overseeing
the sale of assets previously owned by R. Allen Stanford of
Stanford Financial Group. Stanford is currently serving a 110-year
prison sentence for orchestrating a multi-billion dollar
Ponzi-scheme fraud, one of the largest in US history. The
receivership is also auctioning Terrestrial
Tale, a 10-piece, 42-foot-long cast bronze ($20,000+) by
American modernist sculptor Terence Main.
information about Fine Art 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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