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Coins for you at Summer FUN

Have you looked at our Summer FUN offerings yet? If you haven't, just let some of these coins grab your imagination:

We're offering 165 double eagles...

1921 $20 MS61 NGC
1921 $20 MS61 NGC
1921 $20 MS61 NGC
1861-O $20 AU55 PCGS
1861-O $20 AU55 PCGS
1861-O $20 AU55 PCGS
1850-O $20 MS60 NGC. Variety 3
1850-O $20 MS60 NGC. Variety 3
1850-O $20 MS60 NGC. Variety 3

...151 half eagles...

1795 $5 Small Eagle AU58 PCGS. BD-8
1795 $5 Small Eagle AU58 PCGS. BD-8
1795 $5 Small Eagle AU58 PCGS. BD-8
1914 $5 PR66 NGC
1914 $5 PR66 NGC
1914 $5 PR66 NGC
1808 $5 MS64 PCGS. BD-3
1808 $5 MS64 PCGS. BD-3
1808 $5 MS64 PCGS. BD-3

...1,522 silver dollars...

1860-O $1 MS65 PCGS
1860-O $1 MS65 PCGS
1860-O $1 MS65 PCGS
1800 $1 MS62 PCGS Secure. B-8, BB-188
1800 $1 MS62 PCGS Secure. B-8, BB-188
1800 $1 MS62 PCGS Secure. B-8, BB-188
1889-CC $1 MS62 NGC
1889-CC $1 MS62 NGC
1889-CC $1 MS62 NGC

...278 large cents...

1793 1C Wreath Cent, Vine and Bars AU55 PCGS. S-9, B-12
1793 1C Wreath Cent, Vine and Bars AU55 PCGS. S-9, B-12
1793 1C Wreath Cent, Vine and Bars AU55 PCGS. S-9, B-12
1799 1C VF25 PCGS. CAC. S-189, B-3
1799 1C VF25 PCGS. CAC. S-189, B-3
1799 1C VF25 PCGS. CAC. S-189, B-3
1793 Chain 1C AMERICA VF Details NCS. S-3, B-4
1793 Chain 1C AMERICA VF Details NCS. S-3, B-4
1793 Chain 1C AMERICA VF Details NCS. S-3, B-4

...and 2,903 other neat numismatic pieces!

1849 $2 1/2 Mormon Quarter Eagle AU55 PCGS. K-1
1849 $2 1/2 Mormon Quarter Eagle AU55 PCGS. K-1
1849 $2 1/2 Mormon Quarter Eagle AU55 PCGS. K-1
1969-S 1C Doubled Die Obverse AU58 PCGS. CAC
1969-S 1C Doubled Die Obverse AU58 PCGS. CAC
1969-S 1C Doubled Die Obverse AU58 PCGS. CAC
1875 Twenty Cents, Judd-1402, R.8, PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC
1875 Twenty Cents, Judd-1402, R.8, PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC
1875 Twenty Cents, Judd-1402, R.8, PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC

Take a look at all of our Summer FUN offerings here!

The Summer FUN auction of US coins is scheduled for July 11 - 14 in Orlando and over the Internet through HA.com/coins.

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Schedule Change: World Coin and Modern Coin auctions

Because Independence Day falls on Thursday this year, we have moved the closing dates for our Thursday Internet auctions, including our Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction #231327 and our Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241327, to July 3 at 10 PM CT. The regular Thursday night closing date will resume on July 11.

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Seldom Seen Selections: Gem 1807 dime at Summer FUN

1807 10C MS65 PCGS. CAC. JR-1, R.2
1807 10C MS65 PCGS. CAC. JR-1, R.2

A Guide Book of United States Coins (the Red Book) reports an 1807 mintage of 165,000 dimes, only a single die variety is known. 1807 would be the only year between 1806 and 1808 when dimes were minted, as silver bullion depositors at the Mint at the time preferred the convenience of larger denominations; for example, the mintage of 1807 half dollars surpassed 1,000,000 pieces. It is likely that 1807 dimes were infrequently seen relative to worn-out or cut-down Spanish colonial silver, which remained legal tender until 1857.

1807 was the final date of the Draped Bust dime type. John Reich, a German immigrant and former indentured servant known to President Jefferson, was named Assistant Engraver on April 1, 1807. He set to work redesigning all denominations. The half eagle and half dollar came first while the dime waited until 1809 for Reich's Bust Left motif.

Our Summer FUN auction of US coins features a PCGS-graded Gem example of the 1807 dime. Many better grade 1807 examples display bold clash marks on the right reverse field, but clashes on this coin are less extensive. There is a double "beard" clash beneath Liberty's jaw and a "lump" clash above the upper cleavage. A faint clash from the horizontal shield lines rests beneath Liberty's ear, and minor clashes are evident on the reverse near the shield tips and banner.

Most collectors will pay greater attention to the splendidly mark-free surfaces, which are richly patinated in intermingled tobacco-brown and gunmetal-blue shades. The reverse border exhibits blushes of forest-green. The major devices are well struck, though UNITED and the left-side obverse stars show weakness. Coruscating luster further confirms the remarkable quality.

This coin is surpassed in grade by only five other pieces at the major grading services combined.

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HA.com: A brand new look!

Check out our new look!

Coming soon, you will see a brand new look on HA.com! We've reorganized the content and personalized the page, so that you will see information that matters to you. Inside the site, although the look will be a little different, the functionality of the item pages, search pages, and the MyHeritage pages is unchanged.

Visit our sneak preview page here!

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This Week's Top Ten

The ten highest valued coins graded MS60, problem free, to sell in Heritage auctions:

  1. 1797 $5 Small Eagle, 15 Stars MS60 NGC. BD-2, R.7
    1797 $5 Small Eagle, 15 Stars MS60 NGC. BD-2, R.7

  2. 1797 $5 Small Eagle, 15 Stars MS60 NGC. BD-2, R.7. Realized $218,500
  3. 1855 Wass Molitor Fifty Dollar MS60 PCGS. K-9. Realized $212,750
  4. 1795 $10 9 Leaves MS60 PCGS. Realized $161,000
  5. 1882 $20 MS60 PCGS. Realized $138,000
  6. 1855 Wass Molitor Fifty Dollar MS60 NGC. K-9. Realized $126,500
  7. 1797 $5 Small Eagle, 16 Stars MS60 NGC. Realized $126,500
  8. 1851 LE Humbert Fifty Dollar, 887 Thous. 50 Rev.—AUGUSTUS Inverted—MS60 NGC. K-4. Realized $126,500
  9. 1893-S $1 MS60 PCGS. Realized $103,603.50
  10. 1851 LE Humbert Fifty Dollar, 887 Thous. 50 Rev. MS60 NGC. K-4. Realized $103,500
  11. 1852 Assay Office Fifty Dollar, 900 Thous. MS60 NGC. K-14. Realized $92,000

Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send it to us!

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  Announcements

Hilton's Collecting Confederate Currency Available Now

Hilton's Collecting Confederate Currency
"Hilton's Collecting Confederate Currency explores the history of collecting Confederate paper money and provides a number of new and previously unpublished insights into how Confederate paper money and bonds were birthed during the tumultuous months leading up to the start of hostilities in 1861." This interesting book uses the more detailed Criswell numbering system and also contains a plethora of information pertaining to collecting and purchasing Confederate notes.

Order your copy now!

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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 Winnings!

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 more.
  • 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 & Natural History).

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  Employment Opportunities

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, 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 positions:

  • Client Data Specialist: Dallas, part-time
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • PHP Web Developer: Dallas
  • Web Marketing & Social Media Specialist: Dallas
  • Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas

If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage

Art from the Heart Auction Benefiting Dallas Challenge #541

Art from the Heart AuctionBidding in the Art from the Heart Auction supports Dallas Challenge in its mission to help youth stay in school, off drugs and alcohol, and out of the criminal justice system. Artists and celebrities create one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork for our auction. Proceeds support programs dedicated to improve the health, education and well-being of children and youth from our community. Thank you from Art from the Heart!

Bidding for this auction closes 10PM CT on Thursday, July 11. For more information, contact Jeri Carroll at 214-409-1873 or JeriC@HA.com.

More information about Charity auctions.

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Winchester Model 1895 Deluxe brings $119,500 to lead $1.38+ million Americana & Wild West event

Important Ulrich-Engraved Model 1895 Deluxe Winchester Sporting Rifle, Serial number 88418, Presented by Theodore Roosevelt to a Rancher

A Winchester Model 1895 Deluxe gold inlaid lever action rifle, engraved by artist John Ulrich with provenance from President Theodore Roosevelt, realized $119,500 to lead Heritage Auctions' $1.38+ million Americana and Wild West event June 22. A number of records fell for choice political Americana, garnering worldwide headlines for unusual treasures of American pop culture.

"The Winchester Model 1895 is a much storied rifle that has passed through some of the world's finest firearms collections and it was purchased by a new client who has never bought from us before," said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. "This event was full of surprises across the board."

KFC: Colonel Harland Sanders ArchiveA trademark white suit once belonging to Kentucky Fried Chicken founder, fast food pioneer and American corporate icon Colonel Harland Sanders, brought $21,510 and additional Sanders memorabilia, which included the Colonel's 1973 Kentucky drivers' license and sold for $1,912. Both the suit and the collection were purchased by Masao (Charlie) Watanabe, the President and CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Japan. Watanabe was so excited after the auction he immediately slipped into the jacket on display next to the auction podium. The suit will initially be on display at a new restaurant opening in Tokyo Dome City, LaQua, before heading to KFC, Japan's corporate headquarters.

Bidders set records for unique political memorabilia as an 1864 ferrotype jugate depicting George B. McClellan & George H. Pendleton, Democratic challengers to Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson's Republican reelection ticket, sold for $29,875. A rare desert plate created for the James K. Polk White House but later gifted by Abraham Lincoln to George Edward Gambrill, a postal employee, more than doubled its estimate to bring $20,315.

John Brown: Maker-Stamped Leg IronsThe leg irons used to restrain famous American abolitionist John Brown — a man who dedicated his own life to shattering the shackles of slavery — after his arrest following his failed October 17, 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry, VA realized $13,145.

The Legends of the Wild West Auction featured important items related to George Armstrong Custer as his personally-owned navy wool bibb shirt, worn by him in one of his most famous photographs, realized $56,762 and a superb lock of his distinctive blonde hair realized $21,510.

Jesse James Gun Belt, from the Collection of Harry HoffmanThe auction also offered rarely seen James and Younger gang material. A gun belt belonging to legendary outlaw Jesse James — one of just two the gunslinger was known to have had at the time of his death at the hands of Robert Ford — brought $16,730.

More than 140 "Outlaw" artifacts from the famed collection of the late Wilbur Zink drew collector's interest as Jim Younger's prized violin, artfully and charmingly painted with a red bird, sold for $11,950 and a rare cabinet-size photo of Jesse James, realized $5,676.

Bidding took a sharp turn for one-of-a-kind political memorabilia offered during the event, as a previously unknown pair of cotton folk art pennants, used in the Log Cabin and Hard Cider campaign of 1840, sold for six times its estimate to realize $9,560.

"When a unique thing comes on the market, something people have never seen before, you can kind of throw the guidelines on price out the window," Slater of the pennants.

Al Smith: Provocative and Sexy Slogan ButtonA rare and provocative Prohibition button with a sexy double slogan for 1928 presidential candidate Al Smith quickly surpassed its low estimate to realize $8,962. Bidders set a record price for a ferrotype after a badge depicting Confederate President Jefferson Davis and P. G. T. Beauregard realized $3,883. A short while later, collectors overlooked some slight staining to compete fiercely to own what is believed to be the only pinback depicting 1916 Republican Presidential candidate Charles Evan Hughes and his predecessors Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. The trigate more than doubled its estimate to bring $3,883.

"In this case, it happens to be the only known example," Slater said. "So when you have extreme rarity, people will sometimes compromise on condition."

More information about Historical auctions.

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  Heritage Interactive
Trivia

1. President John Tyler had two different First Ladies while in office. How was this handled in the First Spouse gold coin series?
       A) One coin was struck depicting President Tyler's first wife Letitia only
       B) One coin was struck depicting President Tyler's second wife Julia only
       C) One coin was struck with a different First Lady depicted on each side
       D) One coin was struck with both First Ladies depicted on the same side
       E) Two different coins were struck


2. Which US coin depicted P. T. Barnum?
       A) Bridgeport half dollar
       B) Connecticut statehood quarter
       C) Cincinnati half dollar
       D) Smithsonian Institution half eagle
       E) Special Olympics silver dollar




Last week's question:

1. The Philadelphia mint struck half dollars for circulation every year between 1816 and 1921. What was the next year Philadelphia struck half dollars intended for circulation?
Correct Answer: D) 1934 (42%).

2. What was the first year of the Lincoln Memorial reverse on the cent?
Correct Answer: D) 1959 (74%).

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  Is it Time to Sell?

Our upcoming Official Auctions of the September Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo will feature collections such as The Perry Owen Collection, Part II, The RLM Collection, Part II, and the Col. Steven Ellsworth Die State Collection. Your coins and currency can sell alongside these great collections and others to come. To consign to our Long Beach auctions, please call us at 1-800-872-6467 x1000 (coins) or x1001 (currency).

2013 September 25-29 US Coins Signature Auction – Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: August 12, 2013

2013 September 26-30 World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction – Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: August 6, 2013

2013 September 26-30 Currency Signature Auction – Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: August 6, 2013

David Mayfield
Vice President, Numismatic Auctions
David@HA.com
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

Interested in Selling?
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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
July 11-14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando #1187
July 11-14 US Coins Signature Auction -
Orlando #1187

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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131327
Closes June 30
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131327
Closes July 2
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241327
Closes July 3
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231327
Closes July 3
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141327
Closes July 2
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Other Signature Auctions
July 11 Art from the Heart Auction Benefiting Dallas Challenge #541 July 11 Art from the Heart Auction Benefiting Dallas Challenge #541
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July 16 KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542 July 16 KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121326
Closes June 30
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151326
Closes June 30
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161326
Closes June 30
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171327
Closes July 2
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251327
Closes July 2
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201327
Closes July 3
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