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This Week in Coin News July 20, 2013
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Nearly $10 million in rare coins sell at Summer FUN
Seldom Seen Selections: 1921-S Zerbe Proof Morgan Dollar
Heritage Auctions launches website redesign of HA.com
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Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas and New York Offices
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Nearly $10 million in rare coins sell at Summer FUN Back to Top
1921 $20 MS61 NGC
1921 $20 MS61 NGC
A key date 1921 Saint-Gaudens double eagle was the star of the show as Heritage's 2013 July 11-14 US Coins Signature Auction, the official auction of the Summer FUN show in Orlando, saw nearly $9.9 million in rare coins change hands. All prices realized include a 17.5% buyer's premium.

The 1921 Saint, an attractive MS61 example graded by NGC, crossed the auction block for $117,500. Unusually among the rare dates in the Saint-Gaudens series, the 1921 is as frequently found in circulated grades as in mint state grades, making mint state examples, when encountered, that much more desirable. Perhaps 50-60 examples of this date are known in Mint State.

A 1898 quarter eagle, at Proof-68 Deep Cameo the sole finest of the issue graded at PCGS, brought a price commensurate with its beauty when it sold for $82,250 in Orlando. Proofs from the 1896-1898 period are known for their eye appeal, and this one's highly contrasted black-on-gold surfaces and razor-sharp devices are virtually immune to criticism, no matter how closely the coin is inspected.

A proof 1848 half dollar, likely the finest of perhaps 4-6 examples known, changed hands in Orlando for $70,500. This PCGS-graded Gem dates from before the time that proof sets were commercially offered to collectors, and no official records were kept of the mintage. The 1848 half dollar has been known as a rarity in proof format since the 19th century.

Just a few of the many other highlights of this auction include:

Our 2013 August 8-10 US Coins Signature Auction is already open for bidding, with featured items including a 1804 dollar! Look for much more information about this auction in next week's Coin News, or view the lots today at HA.com/coins.

Seldom Seen Selections: 1921-S Zerbe Proof Morgan Dollar Back to Top
1921-S Zerbe Proof Morgan Dollar
1921-S Zerbe Proof Morgan Dollar
The 1921-S Zerbe proof (or specimen) Morgan dollars are great rarities in the series, much more difficult to locate than their Philadelphia Mint counterparts, and we are proud to be able to offer one such example in our upcoming 2013 August 8-10 US Coins Signature Auction in Rosemont, IL. Most experts agree that no more than 4-5 examples of the 1921-S proofs are extant today, from a reported mintage of two dozen pieces. Stuart Mosher recounted the story of the creation of these remarkable coins in an article in the July 1955 issue of The Numismatist:
"About 10 years ago, Farran Zerbe, father of the Peace dollar and our first American numismatic missionary, told be an intriguing story regarding a branch mint Morgan dollar issued in proof.

"In 1921 he was in California awaiting the arrival of the dies that were to be used to strike the first Peace dollars at the San Francisco Mint. The Mint phoned him that the dies had arrived and he hastened there to see them put into operation. The new 1921 dies had arrived all right but they turned out to be dies for the old Morgan design which had not been coined since 1904, and not the dies for the Peace dollar which he had worked so hard and long to promote.

"Mr. Zerbe told me that he suggested to the chagrined Mint officials that they could assuage his disappointment somewhat if they would strike off a few Morgan dollars from the new 1921 dies in proof condition. They were happy to oblige and manufactured about two dozen which he bought and later handed out to his various coin collecting friends throughout the country. While I have never seen one of these proofs it is logical to suppose some of them are extant."

In the October 9, 1995 issue of Coin World, Heritage chief cataloger Mark Van Winkle presented an in depth look at die characteristics of various branch mint proof Morgan silver dollars. His source was coins in the Anita Maxwell Trust, a collection that included eight different branch mint proof dollars. This piece was not in that collection, but meets the criteria presented for proof 1921-S dollars:

  • Angling die scratch through the top of the second 1 in the date.
  • Two spots of die polish below the fold in the upper part of the cap.
  • Pronounced die striations over the U of UNITED, the second S in STATES, OF, near the denticles of ME of AMERICA, and from the upper serif of the C in AMERICA to a denticle above.
  • Incomplete die polish on the wreath near each branch.
  • Complete die polish between the back of the eagle's neck and right wing.
  • Sharp die scratch from the third feather under the right wing top to a denticle.

The coin we are presenting for auction next month is a delightful Gem that displays an unusually sharp strike for this issue. The wreath is sharply detailed and the hair strands above Liberty's ear are crisply delineated. The only area of softness is the eagle's breast, which is always a bit flat, suggesting that the detail may have been incomplete on the die. The pristine surfaces show a mixture of moderate reflectivity and cartwheel mint luster with a few attractive hints of pale green and lavender toning. We have not traced any earlier auction appearances of this coin, but it is at least tied for finest certified at either of the leading grading services, and the other SP65 certification event may be a duplicate of this coin.

This specimen is a must-have for the finest collection or Registry Set.

Heritage Auctions launches website redesign of HA.com Back to Top

Visitors to HA.com, the homepage for Heritage Auctions, the world's third largest auction house, will be greeted by a cleaner look and content-centric personalization today as part of a top-down redesign. The new look streamlines access to Heritage's 36 categories while retaining its industry-leading functionality for live bidding and collection cataloging services.

"Teams across the country worked for a year to make HA.com an even better starting point to build or sell a collection," said James Halperin, Co-founder of Heritage. "The site is cleaner and delivers a more customized experience, giving visitors and clients more tools to learn about the objects they love to collect."

New features make it easier for Heritage's 800,000+ online bidder members to find events, search by keyword or browse by category or auction and locate personal information such as MyBids, MyTrackedLots and MyCollection. New custom content blocks now serve up news and information about lots collectors are most interested in. Although HA.com may look different, all functionality will remain the same; members may access more than 3.5+ million prices realized — all for free — in Heritage's Permanent Auction Archives.

HA.com resoundingly ranks as the #1 website for fine art and high-end collectibles and started 2013 in the top .01 percent out of more than 150 million U.S. sites, with an ever-increasing number of visits coming from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, according to data from Compete.com. Heritage was named by Robb Report as one of 'Luxury's 25 Most Innovative Brands' in its August 2013 edition.

Heritage recently enhanced imaging viewing options on the site by giving its 800,000+ online bidder-members the ability to pick between multiple views of high-resolution images and new Pan and Zoom feature and navigation controls are now available for all Heritage lots, including the 3.5+ million lots in its auction archives. The enhancement is one more way Heritage has redefined industry standards to allow anyone who registers on HA.com unlimited free access to high-resolution images, making it the largest free source of high-quality images of fine art and collectibles on the internet.

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This Week's Top Ten Back to Top

The ten highest valued coins depicting Elizabeth II to sell in Heritage auctions:

  1. Canada: Elizabeth II gold 2500 Dollars 2009, KM-new, PF69 Ultra Cameo NGC, Surviving the Flood
    Canada: Elizabeth II gold 2500 Dollars 2009, KM-new, PF69 Ultra Cameo NGC, Surviving the Flood
  2. Canada: Elizabeth II gold 2500 Dollars 2009, KM-new, PF69 Ultra Cameo NGC, Surviving the Flood. Realized $69,000
  3. Canada: Elizabeth II Olympic Winter Games gold $2500 (Kilo) 2009, KM902a. Realized $58,750
  4. Alderney: Elizabeth II gold Proof 1000 Pounds (1 Kilo) 2006, commemorating the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, Gem Proof. Realized $34,500
  5. Bahamas: Elizabeth II gold 2500 Dollars 1987, KM110, Fr-41, Proof 65 Ultra Cameo NGC. Realized $25,875
  6. Bahamas: Elizabeth II gold $2,500 1985, KM112, Proof 69 Ultra Cameo NGC. Realized $21,150
  7. Bahamas: Elizabeth II gold $2,500 1983, KM75, Proof 69 Ultra Cameo NGC. Realized $19,975
  8. Bahamas: Elizabeth II gold $2,500 1974, Proof 69 Ultra Cameo NGC. Realized $18,212.50
  9. Bahamas: Elizabeth II gold $2,500 1977, Proof 67 Ultra Cameo NGC. Realized $17,625
  10. Australia: Elizabeth II Year of the Ox gold $1,000 2009P, KM-unlisted, MS69 NGC. Realized $17,037.50
  11. Great Britain: Elizabeth II gold Proof Sovereign 1958, S-4125, KM908, reeded edge Proof of Record, PR64 PCGS. Realized $14,950

All but the last of these pieces are oversized gold coins, 10 ounces or higher in weight.

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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.


Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas and New York Offices

Heritage Auctions is seeking talented numismatists with a broad range of expertise to join our Dallas and New York offices. If you have a good working knowledge base of U S. coins and currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have openings for permanent positions as a buyer. 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 these positions, please contact Jobs@HA.com.


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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.

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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
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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:

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Iconic Crockwell, Elvgren and Rockwell works highlight Illustration Art event

DOUGLASS CROCKWELLGil Elvgren's racy 'Bare Essentials,' a 1957 Brown & Bigelow calendar painting from the peak era of the classic American pin up, is expected to realize $75,000+ in its auction debut as part of Heritage Auctions' July 31 Illustration Art Signature® event in Dallas. Elvgren's iconic image heralds a veritable who's who of 19th and 20th century artists.

Another iconic work also making its auction debut is Up at Bat, The Saturday Evening Post cover, August 10, 1940 by Douglas Crockwell, which is expected to break $40,000+. The charming slice of Americana is considered a treasure among Illustration Art collectors.

"Crockwell's painting is perhaps the best Saturday Evening Post cover ever printed and among the best Crockwell produced during his career," said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. "While planned as a more intimate single-catalog sale, our summer auction is chock full of treasures across the realms of Pin-Up, Paperback, Golden Age & Classic Art, and everything in-between—as collectors have no doubt come to expect."

PATRICK NAGELThe diversity of major artists featured in the sale spans more than a century. Patrick Nagel's Her Casual Pose from 1983, expected to bring $30,000+, and appears on the heels of two straight record-setting results for the artist. Rolf Armstrong's Hello Everybody!, dating to the late 1920s, is considered one of his more iconic works. Originally a Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, the image was used on a 1929 cover of College Humor magazine as well as a compendium documenting Armstrong's work. It is expected to bring $20,000+.

Art from the Golden Age of Illustration art includes a rare Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post interior illustration from 1947, which may bring $35,000+, a Saturday Evening Post cover by Harrison Fisher, is expected to reach $6,000+ and Howard Pyle's work titled Sunday In Old Catskill, a story illustration from Harper's New Monthly magazine 1879, is expected to realize $10,000+. A number of works by famed children's illustrator Garth Williams may be led by original cover art for the Little House series titled These Happy Golden Years, from 1953, is expected to bring $5,000+.

NORMAN SAUNDERSStanley Meltzoff's cover painting for I Am Legend by science fiction/fantasy author Richard Matheson is expected to bring $5,000+ to lead a particularly strong offering of pulp and paperback book cover illustrations. Norm Saunders' gruesome Dream-Doll of Nightmare City, the cover image for All-Story Detective, December 1949, is expected to fetch $9,000+. The pulp illustration selection offers a heavy emphasis on science-fiction masterworks, including treasures from the estate of pioneering fan and historian Jerry Weist — with rare examples from the likes of Frank R. Paul, Virgil Finlay, Frank Kelly Freas, and John Berkey.

And what Heritage Illustration Art auction would be complete without a strong selection of fetching pin-up art, some of which comes directly from the Charles Martignette Collection. Never-before-offered paintings by Gil Elvgren include Aiming High (Will William Tell?), from 1959, which is expected to bring $50,000+, and Something New, from 1957, which also may realize $50,000+, in addition to examples of his charcoal and pencil works. A+ examples by the likes of Rolf Armstrong, William Medcalf, Pearl Frush, Earl Moran, Zoe Mozert, Olivia, Robert McGinnis round out the selection.

More information about Fine Art auctions.

Is it Time to Sell? Back to Top

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

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