Treasures in Thursday Premier session at Long
Since we introduced our Platinum Night sessions back in 2004, they
have become a smash hit, easily the highlight of any auction event
we've held. Not all of our auctions have a Platinum Night, but
many, including the current Long Beach auction
, include our new Premier
Session, a single session containing the finest coins in the
auction. At Long Beach, Session 3
is the Premier Session,
scheduled for 6 PM Pacific Time (8 PM Central) on June 6.
Premier Sessions do not have their own catalogs; however, if you
have a physical copy of the catalog for the full Long Beach
auction, you will notice that the pages are outlined in green,
making the session very easy to find. All kinds of material are
covered, ranging in this auction from Colonials (Lot 4301 is a Choice AU example of a 1662 Oak
Tree twopence, in the challenging (R.6) Noe-29 variety) to Nuggets
(Lot 4935 is a 239 gram alluvial gold
nugget). All coins in Premier Sessions are imaged in the catalog,
and many of the images are enlarged.
Here are just a few of the items featured in the Long Beach
Bid on these great coins and the rest of the Long Beach
Signature Auction at HA.com/coins. The Internet bidding
deadline for the Premier Session is June 5 at 10 PM CT, with
bidding continuing through Heritage Live until the lots cross the
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Seldom Seen Selections: The King of the Gold
The 1861-D has long been considered the "King of the Gold Dollars."
Its reputation is derived not only from the small and unrecorded
mintage, but also from the fact that the entire issue was struck
under the auspices of the Confederacy. As such, it has both
historic and numismatic significance. All of the coins of this
issue were struck from a single pair of dies, in May, 1861, a month
after the Dahlonega mint was seized by the Confederacy. The exact
mintage is unknown, but is often estimated to be between 1,000 and
1,500 pieces. Aside from its historical significance, the 1861-D is
also the most elusive D-mint gold dollar in terms of overall
availability. It is unlikely that more than five to six dozen are
Interestingly, more of these exist in high grade than one might
expect. Thirty pieces have been certified in Uncirculated grades by
the major grading services combined, a number that undoubtedly
includes resubmissions. Winter writes in the second edition of
Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint that "the number of high
grade specimens is greater than normal for an issue with this small
a mintage, suggesting the existence of a small hoard." It is not at
all a stretch of the imagination to suggest that some Confederate
officer, or some involved with the production of these fabled
coins, kept a handful of souvenirs of what must have been a
momentous occasion for those involved: a tangible association in
golden metal of the rift that was dividing the fabric of a
We are offering an example of this key coin, graded MS63 by
PCGS, in our upcoming 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction in Long
Beach, which is open for bidding now at HA.com/coins. The
obverse of was struck from the already defective 1860 die, and,
like that previous issue, the U in UNITED is diagnostically weak,
as are the rims. In this case, the U is nonexistent, while the
letters NI and ICA, in AMERICA, are indistinct, as is the O in
DOLLAR on the reverse. A pair of roller marks (as struck) extend
diagonally through the center of the reverse, and a rough-textured
planchet streak (as struck), that covers the left side of the R, in
DOLLAR, could be used in the future as a pedigree marker. The
irregular strike and planchet roughness can undoubtedly be
attributed to production by "amateur minters," as Winter terms the
mint personnel who remained after the Confederacy took over the
mint. Lightly abraded for the grade, this is an important coin from
both numismatic and historical perspectives.
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Gold Nuggets and more in Sunday Natural History
We know that many of our numismatist friends are interested in
gold, silver and platinum, even if the metals have not been minted
into coin form. Take a look at some of the beautiful native metal
offerings available in our Nature & Science Signature Auction,
taking place this Sunday, June 2 in Dallas and on the Internet
through Heritage Live!™
Large Gold Nugget with Quartz and Limonite.
Wedderburn, Victoria, Australia
16 to 1 Mine, Alleghany District, Nevada County,
Eagle's Nest Mine, Michigan Bluff Dist., Placer Co.,
Crystallized Native Gold.
Colorado Quartz Mine, Mariposa Co., California
Platinum Nugget. Kondyor Massif, Khabarovsk Krai, Far Eastern
Federal District, Russian Federation
Native Silver on Copper:
Wolverine Mine, Wolverine, Houghton Co., Michigan
Kongsberg Silver Mining District, Kongsberg, Buskerud,
Freiberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
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Website Tips: Passwords
We have recently made a number of changes to our website to
increase security. These changes largely involve passwords and when
and how you enter them.
All passwords are now encrypted. This means that nobody at
Heritage has access to them.
All passwords, including existing ones, are now
case-sensitive. This may mean that a password you have using
for a while may suddenly no longer work, especially if it's a
password that you did not enter.
If you forget your password and click on the "Forgot Password"
link, we will now take you to a page where you can reset your
password, rather than requesting your password to be sent to your
When you get to this page, enter your email address, and we will
send you an email with a link to enter a new password of your
If you know your password, you can still change it through
MyProfile, as always.
All new passwords at HA.com, whether entered through MyProfile, the password reset page, or by signing up
as a new member, must be at least eight characters long and include
at least three of the following: Lower case letters (a-z), Upper
case letters (A-Z), numbers (0-9), or special characters.
HA.com no longer asks you for your username and password on the
same page on which you place your bids. If you are bidding from an
item page, by default you will be taken to a new page that will ask
for your username and password, regardless of whether you're
already logged in. To get around this, check "Remember my password
for bidding" as you sign in.
Search pages no longer display bid boxes unless you are signed
in; instead they will ask you to sign in to bid. Once signed in,
you will be able to place bids by simply clicking the "Submit Batch
MyBids, MyTrackedLots, and MyWantlistMatches also no longer ask
for your sign-in information to place bids. Because you must be
signed in to reach these pages, you need only click the "Submit
Batch Bids" button.
- If you try to track a lot while not signed in, whether on the
search page or an individual item page, you will be taken to a
sign-in page. Once you've signed in, your lot will be tracked.
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued Peruvian coins to sell in Heritage
- Carlos II gold 8 Escudos 1699-R, KM26.1, Calico 112,
MS64 NGC. Realized $20,700
- Felipe V gold Cob 8 Escudos 1712-M Lima, KM38.2, MS63
NGC. Realized $20,700
- Felipe V gold 8 Escudos 1711-M, KM38.2, MS62 NGC.
- Felipe V gold cob 8 Escudos 1736N Lima, KM38.2, AU50
NGC. Realized $14,950
- Carlos II gold cob 8 Escudos 1700-H, KM26, superb
UNC. Realized $13,800
- Felipe V gold cob 8 Escudos 1733N Lima, KM38.2, MS62
NGC. Realized $13,800
- Felipe V gold Cob 8 Escudos 1711 L-H, KM38.2, MS62
NGC. Realized $12,925
- South Peru. 8 Reales 1839-MV Arequipa Mint, KM170.3.
Superb AU-UNC. Realized $12,650
- Republic Silver Pattern Peso 1855-MB Lima, KM-Pn12,
Proof 62 NGC. Realized $11,500
- Felipe V gold cob 8 Escudos 1711M, KM38.2, choice
AU-UNC. Realized $11,500
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 Supervisor:
- 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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Two U.S. Model Colt Gatling Guns Expected To Bring
A U.S. Model 1883 Colt Gatling Gun and Rare Limber
With Accessories. Serial no. 342 with 10 32-inch barrels — for
decades the centerpiece of the collection of renowned Michigan
Civil war re-enactor and firearms expert Michael Yeck, who passed
away last year — is expected to bring more than $100,000 on June 8
as part of Heritage Auctions' June 9 Civil War and Militaria Signature®
"To call the Gatling Gun one of the most spectacular and
evocative weapons ever made understates its impact on the American
psyche," said Cliff Chappelle, Consignment Director for Arms &
Armor at Heritage Auctions. "The chance to acquire one of these
spectacular guns, let alone one as well-preserved, as sizable and
from such an impeccable source, does not come around very often, I
can assure you that."
day before the Model 1883 Gatling Gun is offered, a second, smaller
Gatling Gun from Yeck's collection — a U.S. Model 1875 .45 government caliber Colt
Gatling Gun, serial no. 293, on its original Naval boarding
carriage, delivered to the U.S. Navy on Feb. 24, 1881 — will come
across the block as part of Heritage's June 8 Arms & Armor Signature® Auction. It is
also expected to bring more than $100,000+.
"He bought the guns primarily to promote himself and his
business and to have a goodtime," said Matthew Hand, Yeck's
grandson and the executor of his grandfather's estate. "In the
1960s and 1970s he was the largest black powder muzzle loading
weapon supplier in the Midwest. In fact, there are still a number
of Civil War re-enactment weapons out there made by him and with
his equipment on them."
Yeck, a veteran of the Normandy Invasion, was told by his doctor
in the early 1960s that he was getting an ulcer and needed to find
a hobby to help him relax. Yeck soon found himself drawn into the
world of black powder muzzle loading weapons, acquiring a flintlock
pistol. Intrigued, and never one to do anything halfway, Yeck soon
started acquiring a wide variety of powder and ball weapons,
learning about their make and manufacturing them himself.
"He kinda went all out," said Hand, "and decided to start his
own antique firearms business, which kept growing and growing
through the 1960s, 1970s and in to the early 1980s, when he finally
had to slow down."
Yeck became very well known in collecting circles for his
extensive militaria, artillery, machine gun, World War I and II
rifles and uniforms collections, as well as his impressive grouping
of classic and antique cars. Along the way, as he participated in
more and Civil War re-enactments, he and his business, Michael Yeck
Antique Firearms, became a fixture on the scene at any gathering or
"Anytime there was a big shoot or a show, he would bring the big
Gatling Gun along, set it up and demonstrate it," said Hand. "He
was a fixture at Greenfield Village in Dearborn (MI) and would take
it all over the Midwest."
The most important questions for collectors may well be a) do
they work and b) what's it like to fire them. The answer to the
first question is obviously yes, as
seen in the video linked here.
The second question is best answered in Hand's own words:
"The large gun is just massive, bumps a little every time you
fire and gives you a sense of control — you can feel every round,"
he said. "The smaller one you have to crouch behind it and it
literally roars shakes the ground. You can feel the percussion in
information about Historical auctions.
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Martian meteorite expected to bring $160,000+ to
lead natural history selection
large end section of a Martian meteorite,
packed with olivine and chromite ovoid crystals, is expected to
bring $160,000+ as part of Heritage Auctions' Nature & Science Signature® Auction June 2
The auction includes a strong selection of fossils, insects
preserved in amber and meteorites in addition to the landmark
presentation of The Hoppel Collection, the finest and most
comprehensive mineral collection to come to auction in modern
"The specimens in this sale represent some of the finest
fossils, meteorites, and natural history items I have had the
privilege to handle," said Craig Kissick, Associate Director of
Nature & Science for Heritage Auctions. "This auction will
appeal to everyone fascinated by natural history and truly has
something for everyone — even those new to this collecting
Meteorites from Mars are among the most exotic substances on
Earth with less than 300 pounds known to exist. The Martian specimen weighs 1.37 pounds and was
jettisoned off the Red Planet's surface after it was struck by an
asteroid. The auction also features and polished end piece of a pallasite, formed at the dawn
of the solar system and discovered in China in 2003. The specimen
has the largest gem-like olivine crystals ever collected embedded
in a silver nickel-ore matrix and is expected to bring $40,000+. A
16.86-pound muonionalusta iron meteorite
carved and polished to create a modern work of art is expected to
bring $18,000+. A similarly large-sized Chondrite meteorite weighing
19.57 pounds and discovered in Morocco's Sahara Desert is expected
to bring $15,000+.
Leading the selection of artistic
fossil discoveries is a rare
and unusually large Gem ammonite — from Alberta, Canada's
famous Bearpaw Formation and prized for its iridescent colors — is
expected to bring $50,000+. Additional ammonite specimens include a
gem-quality Ammonite on black shale, which is expected to bring
$15,000+ and a sliced
ammonite pair, measuring an unusual 43 inches wide containing
more than 70 distinct chambers in the shell, which is expected to
Additional fossil specimens include an elegant
fossil sea lily known as a "Feather Star" and dating to the
Lower Jurassic and frozen for eternity in Pyrite, is expected to
bring $30,000+. Three fossilized turtle shells discovered in the
U.S. Badlands represent the diversity of prehistoric life. The
first is an unusually large
fossil tortoise shell measuring a rare 23 inches long and
expected to bring $3,500+, and the second is coloration, and
expected to fetch $800+. The third discovery is a rare
baby fossil tortoise shell retaining both the top (carapace)
and bottom (plastron) shells and is expected to bring $400.
Additional highlights include five separate lots of
prehistoric-age insects forever encased in amber, or fossilized
tree sap, including a pair
of midges trapped in mid-copulation, expected to bring $300,
and a 16
inch long tuft of wooly mammoth wool dating to the Pleistocene,
expected to fetch $400.
More information about Nature & Science
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Is it Time to Sell?
Numismatists collect pieces of the past in many different ways, but
when the time to sell comes, they all agree: earn the most money
possible. Heritage delivers the best auction in Chicago — before
the ANA show — when all our clients still have their entire budgets
to spend. Our systems, our programs, our website, our staff
experts, our event — all work together seamlessly to deliver
extraordinary prices for you.
Your coins can sell alongside the magnificent "King of American
Coins" at our Platinum Night® & Signature® Auctions in Chicago.
But you need to act quickly! Call the Heritage Consignor Hotline at
1-800-872-6467 x1000 to reserve a place for your coins in this
2013 August 8 - 9 US Coins Signature Auction -
What's My Coin Worth?
Consign to a Heritage Auction
Consignment Deadline: June 26, 2013
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