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Parcfeld Collection VAMs and Varieties in Sunday Live Session

Variety collectors will find plenty to choose from as The Parcfeld Collection, an extensive collection of variety coins, kicks off the July 14 Sunday session of our Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction.

This collection consists of nearly 900 coins of interest to variety specialists, and includes coins ranging from cents to silver dollars, with a heavy emphasis on VAM varieties. Unusually, these coins have been designated by variety on their certified holders.

1901 $1 VAM-3, Shifted Eagle Doubled Die Reverse AU55 PCGS. Top-100
1901 $1 VAM-3, Shifted Eagle Doubled Die Reverse AU55 PCGS. Top-100
1901 $1 VAM-3, Shifted Eagle Doubled Die
Reverse AU55 PCGS. Top-100
1936-D 5C 3 1/2 Leg, FS-901 Fine 15 PCGS
1936-D 5C 3 1/2 Leg, FS-901 Fine 15 PCGS
1936-D 5C 3 1/2 Leg,
FS-901 Fine 15 PCGS

The Parcfeld collection was consigned to us by a collector who has long been assembling rare varieties behind the scenes. To keep the collection together, we decided to offer the entire collection in our Non-Floor session, even though there are a number of coins that would ordinarily appear in the regular floor sessions of the auction.

1857 1C Obverse Die Clash With Half Dollar, Snow-9, FS-402 MS63 PCGS
1857 1C Obverse Die Clash With Half Dollar, Snow-9, FS-402 MS63 PCGS
1857 1C Obverse Die Clash With Half Dollar, Snow-9, FS-402 MS63 PCGS
1879-S $1 VAM-43, Reverse of 1878 MS64 PCGS. Top-100
1879-S $1 VAM-43, Reverse of 1878 MS64 PCGS. Top-100
1879-S $1 VAM-43, Reverse of 1878
MS64 PCGS. Top-100

Bidding on the Parcfeld Collection continues through HA.com/coins through 1 PM on Sunday, July 14, with the Live session beginning on Heritage Live!® two hours later at 3 PM CT.

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July 11-18 World & Ancients Internet Auction

July's all-Ancients offering of Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins comprises a number of individual and group lots, coming mainly from two U.S. collections, augmented with a few choice items from our inventory. The auction is particularly strong in attractive Greek coins, including a number given "choice" or "star" grades by NGC. The auction concludes Thursday, July 18 at 10:00 PM CT.

Here are a few highlights:

Lovely Philip II of Macedon tetradrachm
Lovely Philip II of Macedon tetradrachm
Choice Alexander the Great tetradrachm
Choice Alexander the Great tetradrachm:
High-grade Thebes stater
High-grade Thebes stater
Nicely toned Lysimachus tetradrachm
Nicely toned Lysimachus tetradrachm
Pleasing Athens Owl tetradrachm
Pleasing Athens "Owl" tetradrachm
High-relief portrait tetradrachm of Antiochus II
High-relief portrait tetradrachm
of Antiochus II
Rare Roman Republic bronze 2 litra
Rare Roman Republic bronze 2 litra
Exceptional Bar Kokhba middle bronze
Exceptional Bar Kokhba middle bronze
Well struck Hadrian denarius
Well struck Hadrian denarius
High-grade BI tetradrachm of Aurelian and Vabalathus
High-grade BI tetradrachm
of Aurelian and Vabalathus

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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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Introducing: The Heritage Blog

The BlogThe Heritage Blog begins! Heritage experts, who are collectors themselves, will be writing about their passion, covering a wide range of categories from coins to sports and jewelry! The Heritage Blog gives our volunteer writers an outlet to get creative, to share their thoughts, and to give other collectors a place to go to read about the things they love. Check it out today and connect with the collector in all of us at blog.ha.com.

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This Week's Top Ten

The eleven highest valued non-coins to sell in Heritage auctions:

  1. The Fighting Pair - Allosaurus vs. Stegosaurus
  2. The Fighting Pair - Allosaurus vs. Stegosaurus. Realized $2,748,500
  3. Fr. 379c $1000 1891 Treasury Note PCGS Extremely Fine 45PPQ. Realized $2,585,000
  4. Francis H. C. Crick Nobel Prize Medal and Nobel Diploma. Realized $2,270,500
  5. Fr. 1166c $100 1863 Gold Certificate PCGS Apparent Extremely Fine 40. Realized $2,115,000
  6. William Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905). Fishing For Frogs, 1882. Realized $1,762,500
  7. General Ulysses S. Grant's Civil War Presentation Sword as "General in Chief of the United States Army 1864". Realized $1,673,000
  8. Art Deco Natural Fancy Blue Diamond, Diamond, Platinum Ring, J.E. Caldwell. Realized $1,650,500
  9. Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Crimean, 1817-1900). Pushkin at the Waters Edge, 1886. Realized $1,613,250
  10. Fr. 379a $1000 1890 Treasury Note PCGS Apparent Extremely Fine 45. Realized $1,527,500
  11. Mikhail Klodt (Russian, 1832-1902). Riverside Farmstead, 1858. Realized $1,314,500
  12. The Largest Gold Nugget from the Western Hemisphere - Boot of Cortez. Realized $1,314,500

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

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  Announcements

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
  • Housekeeping: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Maintenance Assistant: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate: 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

Original 1964 Hand-Crafted GI Joe Prototype Leads Trio Of Important Early 'Joe' Figures At Heritage Auctions

A GI Joe Original Prototype, Hasbro, 1964The very first handcrafted mock-up of GI Joe, the original 12" tall Real American Hero and simply the most prized collectible there could be for generations of men, will cross the block at Heritage Auctions on Aug. 10 as the centerpiece of the company's Entertainment and Music Memorabilia event. It carries a starting bid of $125,000+

"There are few more hallowed pop culture artifacts that could come up for auction than this," said Ed Jaster, Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions. "Ten years ago when we sold this piece at Heritage it realized slightly over $200,000, which we believe it may bring or exceed again. To help make sure that it finds a new steward, however, we've joined with the consignor and placed what we feel is a conservative $125,000+ estimate on it."

Also being offered in the auction are the prototype for the first G.I. Joe dressed in an Air Force uniform (Palitoy/Hasbro, 1964) and an early production model G.I. Joe Navy Talking Action Figurine (Hasbro Circa 1967), both formerly from the collection of G.I. Joe creator Don Levine, and both estimated at $12,500+.

A G.I. Joe First Dressed Air Force Prototype Action Figure, Palitoy/Hasbro, 1964"The two rare Joes, while not as historically important as the prototype, both mark important evolutions in the toy," said Jaster. "Not only do you have GI Joe branching out into the other U.S. Military branches, these also represent the broadening of the character that would lead to the entire world of G.I. Joe characters that exists today."

The prototype, carefully constructed of hand-shaped and shaved plastic, hand-crafted metal, and hand-sewn fabric, was the brainchild of Don Levine, Creative Director at Hasbro in the mid-1960s, who developed an idea first proffered by licensing guru Stan Weston, that little boys would play with a doll as much as little girls would — it simply had to be the right doll, and it had to be called an "action figure."

"In 1964, Hasbro's proposed 12" GI Joe toy line flew in the face of conventional wisdom," said GI Joe expert Mark Bellomo. "The company defied a nation of traditionally-minded consumers who considered poseable dolls a product expressly made for girls. Hasbro saw an opening and invented their GI Joe line, marketing him as a 'Moveable Fighting Man.' The rest is history."

A G.I. Joe Navy Original Talking Action Figurine, Hasbro Circa 1967Adopting the roles of Action Marine, Action Pilot, Action Sailor, and Action Soldier, GI Joe became the central figure in countless backyard adventures. Thanks to Hasbro, boys could now commandeer a strike force of realistic, 12" tall, fully-articulated GI Joe action figures, all of them descendent from this single example.

The prototype is crafted and consists of a plastic body with wire-spring joints, a hand-painted plastic head that was created by pulling a temporary mold from a carved wooden original and a completely hand-sewn uniform of olive-drab fatigues and requisite four-pocketed field jacket with a set of hand-stitched, superbly-detailed three-tiered chevrons worn on each shoulder, reflecting the rank of E-5 [sergeant].

The GI Joe brand has rightly been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame (ca. 2004), and this irreplaceable iconic artifact exists as one of the most important cultural touchstones on the planet. The toy is about to celebrate its' 50th anniversary and has seen an upsurge of popularity in recent years with a variety of licensed toy properties, television programs and movies.

More information about Entertainment auctions.

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  Heritage Interactive
Trivia

1. For how many years were both the three cent nickel and the three cent silver minted?
       A) 0
       B) 1
       C) 2
       D) 8
       E) 9


2. Who was the designer of the US Trade dollar?
       A) William Barber
       B) Charles Barber
       C) James Longacre
       D) George Morgan
       E) Augustus St-Gaudens




Last week's question:

1. What is the name of the mint error that results in one side of a coin having the impressed mirror image of the other side?
Correct Answer: B) Brockage (49%).

2. What was the last year of the US half cent?
Correct Answer: D) 1857 (47%).

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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?
What's My Coin Worth?
Consign to a Heritage Auction

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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 #131329
Closes July 14
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131329
Closes July 16
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241329
Closes July 18
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231329
Closes July 18
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141329
Closes July 16
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Other Signature Auctions
July 27-28 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas #7078 July 27-28 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas #7078
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July 31 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5140 July 31 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5140
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August 1-2 Platinum Night Sports Auction - Chicago #7080 August 1-2 Platinum Night Sports Auction - Chicago #7080
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August 1-3 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7079 August 1-3 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7079
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August 4 KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542 August 4 KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542
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August 4 Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Auction - Dallas #538 August 4 Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Auction - Dallas #538
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121328
Closes July 14
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151328
Closes July 14
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161328
Closes July 14
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171329
Closes July 16
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251329
Closes July 16
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201329
Closes July 18
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