Long Beach Auction Tops $13 million
Strong bidding overall resulted in over $13.7 million in overall
sales in Heritage's June 5-9 US Coin Signature Auction
, held in
conjunction with the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Exposition.
All prices include a 17.5% Buyer's Premium.
Without question, the star of this auction was the finest known 1895-O proof dollar, graded Proof-66
Cameo by NGC. Pre-1968 branch mint proofs are all extremely
rare and desirable; this, along with the popularity of the Morgan
dollar series and the quality of this coin, drove the sale price to
a robust $528,750. 1895-O Branch mint proof dollars were unknown as
recently as twenty years ago. Today, only five special strikes have
been certified — one Cameo (this coin), two non-Cameos, and two
An outstanding example of the 1879 Flowing Hair Four dollar gold piece, or Stella,
graded Proof-66 Ultra Cameo by NGC, sold for $258,500 in Long
Beach. The stella was initially envisioned as an early attempt at
an international currency. Initially, only a couple of dozen coins
are believed to have been minted, but, as was common in that era,
additional examples were subsequently struck for well-collected
collectors and mint cronies. Regardless of their origin, stellas
are always popular thanks in large part to their odd denomination,
with a considerable assist from their inclusion in A Guide Book
of United States Coins, popularly known as the Red Book.
An example of the 1861-D gold dollar, known as the "King of the
Gold Dollars," brought a strong price of $111,625. Certified by
PCGS as MS63, and with the green CAC sticker of approval, this
coin's popularity derives not only from its low overall
availability and unknown mintage, believed to be between 1000 and
1500 coins, but also from the fact that the entire mintage took
place after the Dahlonega, Georgia mint was taken over by the
Just a few of the other highlights of this auction included:
- 1811 50C Small 8 MS67+ PCGS. CAC. O-110a.
- 1876 $3 PR65 Cameo NGC. Realized $76,375
- 1923-D $1 MS67 PCGS. Realized $76,375
- 1909-O $5 MS61 PCGS. CAC. Realized $70,500
- 1923-S 5C MS66 PCGS. CAC. Realized $67,562
- 1839 P$1 Name Omitted, Judd-104 Restrike, PR64
PCGS. Realized $64,625
- 1904 $10 PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC. Realized
- 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS65 PCGS. CAC.
- 1831 1/2 C Original PR58 PCGS. C-1/EO-5, B-1,
R.5. Realized $55,812.50
- 1806 $5 Round Top 6, 7x6 Stars MS64 PCGS. BD-6.
We are already putting the finishing touches on the catalog for
our Summer FUN 2013 July 11-14 US Coins Signature
Auction, to be held in Orlando, and we expect this auction to
open for bidding soon. Previews of the lots in this auction are
available now at www.HA.com/coins.
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Seldom Seen Selections: A Double Eagle that may
have been struck by the Confederacy
The New Orleans Mint struck Liberty Head doubles eagles in a
continuous string from the series' introduction in 1850 until the
Civil War closed the facility in 1861, a hiatus that would last
until 1879. The dozen O-mint issues from 1850 through 1861 include
a handful that are collectible for a price in Choice AU, and a
couple of fabulous rarities (1854-O and 1856-O) that are guaranteed
to cause a sensation at auction in nearly any grade.
The1861-O, a date we are fortunate enough to be
able to offer in PCGS-graded Choice AU
in our 2013 July 11-14
Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction
, is a
median rarity within this wide range of O-mint twenties, although
within the 1861 date, it has been somewhat overshadowed by the
1861-S Paquet Reverse. Douglas Winter ranks it seventh of 13 issues
(including the anomalous 1879-O) both overall and in high grade
(AU50 and higher).
The 1861-O is famous for another reason, being successively struck
by the United States (5,000 coins), the State of Louisiana after it
seceded from the Union (9,750 pieces), and the Confederate States
of American (2,991), for a total of 17,741 examples in all. Various
numismatists have attempted to connect die states and die markers
of the 1861-O double eagle and its siblings with the three
successive striking authorities. Winter believes that more than one
obverse die was used, since some coins show weak dates, some strong
dates; he claims that the strong date coins usually show a die
crack from the rim above star 2 toward the chin. Some other coins
show signs of "strengthening" at the date, in the form of three
raised V-shaped lines. Bowers believes these are evidence of the
Confederacy's lack of numeral punches to strengthen a working
This piece is interesting in that it has a strong date, no die
crack, and no evidence of any strengthening or raised die lines in
the date area; but it will not solve the problem of which dies in
which states were used under which entity. It is an attractive,
lightly circulated coin with semiprooflike reflectivity appearing
in the fields and much eye appeal. It also has an anomaly of its
own. An area of improperly mixed alloy appears in the planchet
behind Liberty's hairbun, an area that has toned over and created a
couple of small planchet voids. The toned-over area runs to the rim
nearby. This anomaly is clearly of Mint origin. A small scrape
appears just above the toned area, but overall, the surfaces are
far less abraded than usual for an issue normally found with heavy
handling marks. The reverse is well-struck and attractive,
consistent with the grade, and shows no unusual characteristics.
Overall, this coin is a great example of this historic
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued three cent nickels to sell in Heritage
- 1884 3CN MS66 NGC. Realized $29,900
- 1885 3CN MS66 PCGS. CAC. Realized $29,900
- 1883 3CN MS67 PCGS. Realized $25,850
- 1865 3CN PR67 Deep Cameo NGC. Realized $24,150
- 1883 3CN MS67 NGC. Realized $23,000
- 1888 3CN PR67 Deep Cameo PCGS. Realized $21,850
- 1885 3CN MS66 NGC. CAC. Realized $20,700
- 1885 3CN MS65 PCGS. Realized $20,700
- 1884 3CN MS67 NGC. Realized $20,700
- 1884 3CN MS66 NGC. Realized $20,700
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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
- Classic Cars 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
- 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
- Gallery Coordinator: Beverly Hills
- PHP Web Developer: Dallas
- Web Marketing & Social Media Coordinator:
- Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply
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KFC Founder And American Icon, Col. Sanders' White
Suit Readies at Heritage Auctions
A trademark white suit and clip-on string bow-tie
once belonging to Kentucky Fried Chicken founder, fast food pioneer
and American corporate icon Colonel Harlan Sanders, is expected
to bring $10,000 or more when it comes up for bid, June 22, as part
of Heritage Auctions' Signature® Americana & Political Auction.
"It's impossible to think of Colonel Sanders, or KFC, without
thinking of this white suit," said Kathleen Guzman, a Managing
Director with Heritage Auctions. "To this day, 33 years after his
death, the Colonel is just as popular and recognizable as ever. In
terms of Pop Culture collectibles, it doesn't get much better than
The suit, along with a small archive of other Col. Sanders
related material, has been consigned by Mike Morris, who was given
the suit by the Colonel himself and whose family was close to
Sanders and his family in Sanders' final years after the Colonel
bought the Morris house — on a whim — and lived in the family's
basement for six months while he had another house built on the
property for Morris family to move into.
It was 1975; Morris was 13 years old and living with his family
in in Shelbyville, KY.
"The colonel was living in Louisville about 30 miles away and he
wanted to move back out into the country," said Morris, who now
manages a hotel near Cincinnati, OH. "He was driving around, saw
our house and liked it. It wasn't even for sale."
Nonetheless, after contacting Morris' father, Colonel Sanders —
in his trademark white suit — was soon at the front door. Morris's
father, Edward, at first politely declined the offer.
"The colonel was very persistent," he added. "He said, 'It's a
really neat house and I'd really like to live here.' They came to
an agreement a week or so later."
By the time Colonel Sanders and his wife Claudia moved into the
home, they had befriended the Morris family and the Colonel asked
them to stay on the property. A home was built next door and they
remained neighbors until Colonel Sanders' death in 1980. The
families attended his birthday parties, watched TV together and
even went to restaurants with him. Morris even recalls on Christmas
morning when the Colonel came over and read 'Twas the Night
Before Christmas to he and his sister.
When he was a junior in high school and planning to attend a
Halloween party, Morris's father suggested he go dress up as
Sanders. Morris was planning to attend a high school Halloween
"We went to the Colonel's house and asked if it would be
possible to borrow his white suit to dress up for the party,"
Morris said. "He said okay, but with one condition: 'When you're
dressed up, come over so I can see what you look like.' He was just
amazed at how I looked."
As an added bonus, the colonel had his chauffeur drive the teen
into town, where he I rolled the window down just enough to stick
his hand out and wave at people, who thought it was actually
Colonel Sanders himself. The "costume" was also a huge hit at the
party. Afterward, according to Morris, he took the suit back.
"But the colonel said, 'You did such a great job, I'd like for
you to keep it,'" recalled Morris. "I've had it ever since."
Why exactly is Morris selling the suit after having it more than
"It's been in the family for so long… I don't want anything to
happen to it as I get older," said Morris, 50. "If I'm going to do
something, now is a good time. I'll always have very vivid
memories. It was one of the most exciting times of my life."
information about Historical auctions.
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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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