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This Week in Coin News September 6, 2013
In This Issue:
Ellsworth Large Cents offered in Long Beach
Numismatic Literary Guild honors Heritage
Website Tips: What is Heritage Live!TM?
Win A Free $500 Auction Credit By Sharing Your Collecting Stories
This Week's Top Ten
Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas Office
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
Employment Opportunities
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Ellsworth Large Cents offered in Long Beach
1793 1C Wreath, Vine and Bars, S-5, B-6, R.4 VF25 PCGS
1793 1C Wreath, Vine and Bars, S-5, B-6, R.4 VF25 PCGS
Heritage is proud to present The COL Steve Ellsworth Die State Collection of large cents as one of our featured collections in our 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction in Long Beach. Most of this collection will open the evening session on Thursday, September 26, with additional selections to be offered during the Internet session on Saturday, September 28.

COL Steve Ellsworth is noted for his expertise in Civil War history and numismatic security among other fields. This collection of over 360 large cents in unusual and important die states, formed over more than four decades, will give early copper aficionados a chance to own pieces in seldom-seen states of die progression.

Among the collection's many highlights are a 1793 S-5 Wreath cent in unbroken Die State I, VF25 PCGS; a 1799 S-189 cent in Die State IV, ex: Naftzger with a pedigree stretching back to 1890, VF25 PCGS; an 1800 80 Over 79 S-194 cent with Style Two Hair, Breen Die State III with a distinguished pedigree, AU55 PCGS; and an 1809 S-280 cent, Breen Die State II, AU58 NGC.

Additional highlights include:

1799 1C S-189, B-3, R.2 VF25 PCGS 1799 1C S-189, B-3, R.2 VF25 PCGS
1800 1C 80 Over 79, Style Two Hair, S-194, B-8, R.3 AU55 PCGS 1800 1C 80 Over 79, Style Two Hair, S-194, B-8, R.3 AU55 PCGS
1809 1C S-280, B-1, R.2 AU58 NGC 1809 1C S-280, B-1, R.2 AU58 NGC

This collection and the rest of the Long Beach auctions are open for bidding now HA.com/Coins!

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Numismatic Literary Guild honors Heritage
Numismatic Literary Guild Award

At the recent American Numismatic Association show in Chicago, the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) presented their annual awards. NLG honors went to:

  • Best Software: Heritage LIVE! ® — Paul Minshull, Matt Jackson, Ryan Sokol, Michael Weems
  • Best Dealer Website: www.HA.com — Paul Minshull, Brian Shipman, Ryan Sokol, Michael Weems
  • Best Commercial Video: Selling Your Coins & Currency at Auction — Hector Cantu
  • Extraordinary Merit — Article: "Mormon Gold" - John Dale Beety
  • Extraordinary Merit — Book: The Collector's Handbook 7th Edition - Jim Halperin, Greg Rohan, Mark Prendergrast
  • Extraordinary Merit — Book: The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 - Jon Amato, edited by Jim Halperin and Mark Van Winkle
  • Extraordinary Merit — Catalog: Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection

Congratulations to the honorees!

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Website Tips: What is Heritage Live!TM?

We are proud to provide our Heritage Live!TM software on all auctions marked as .
This software allows you to participate in a live Heritage auction from the comfort of your home or office over the Internet. You will be able to browse and BID LIVE during the auction event against other Internet bidders and floor bidders.

Heritage Live! will be featured on all Signature (and Signature Session), Grand Format & Platinum Auctions, most offering both live streaming audio and video.

To participate, please go to www.HA.com/Live during the live portion of the auction. Just enter your Heritage user name and password, and you can use the new Heritage Live! software to begin bidding. We strongly suggest you leave proxy bids at www.HA.com before the live session in the event either side experiences internet problems during the live auction.

First, a peek at the Heritage Live! interface layout:







  1. This section allows you to quickly view the current lot number and a progress bar indicating auction progress!

  2. The image of the current lot.

    1. Live Bidding Tab shows the lot currently being offered.
    2. LiveProxy Bidding allows you to search through and bid on lots coming up later in the session.
    3. MyBids/MyTrackedLots shows the lots you are bidding on and the ones you have marked to track.
    4. Auction Results shows the auction results as they happen and provides a quick link to lots still available as a Post-Auction Buy.

  3. Tabs used to help organize the auction activities:
  4. A listing of the next six lots coming up in this session. If you have tracked or bid on the lot, it will be highlighted in yellow.

  5. Current Lot Information shows the current sale, session and details pertaining to the current lot.

  6. Bid button turns red when you are outbid and grey (not able to click) when you are winning. The next bid information is below to the button. Note: if you are only watching the auction you can click the "Disable Live Bidding" button, preventing you from accidently bidding.

  7. The Live Video window where you can watch the auction live. Below the video screen are controls for: Audio volume control for mute: ; increase volume and decrease volume .

  8. Real Time Auction Information. All bidding activity and bid sources, e.g., Floor, Mail, HeritageLive, etc., are displayed in this window.

To get to the Proxy bidding section, click on the LiveProxy Bidding tab at either the top or the bottom of the screen. You can place LiveProxy bids on all upcoming lots. LiveProxy bids bid live for you and will NOT compete against any other bids you have placed.

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Win A Free $500 Auction Credit By Sharing Your Collecting Stories

Heritage Auctions and Antique Trader magazine are teaming up to offer a $500 auction credit as the grand prize in the 5th Annual Favorite Finds Contest!

The contest is an opportunity to share your most memorable stories with your fellow collectors. Your submission puts you in the running for the grand prize of a $500 auction credit with Heritage, or the runner-up prize: a 10-volume reference library courtesy of Krause Publications and a one-year subscription to Antique Trader.

It's free to enter and every participant gets a free copy of the Favorite Finds issue featuring their story. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET Sept. 30, 2013. Learn how to enter and read how one collector discovered an amazing bronze Tiffany cigarette box at a garage sale.

Antique Trader magazine Favorite Finds issue

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This Week's Top Ten

The twelve highest valued AU-graded US coins to sell in Heritage auctions:

1825/4 $5 AU50 NGC. BD-2, R.8
1825/4 $5 AU50 NGC. BD-2, R.8
  1. 1825/4 $5 AU50 NGC. BD-2, R.8. Realized $690,000
  2. 1804 10C 14 Stars on Reverse AU58 NGC. CAC. JR-2. Realized $632,500
  3. 1793 1C Liberty Cap. AU55 PCGS. S-13, B-20. Realized $632,500
  4. 1794 1C Starred Reverse. AU50 PCGS. S-48, B-38. Realized $632,500
  5. 1854-O $20 AU55 PCGS. Realized $603,750
  6. 1856-O $20 AU58 NGC. Realized $576,150
  7. 1794 $1 AU58 NGC. B-1, BB-1. Realized $488,750
  8. 1854-O $20 AU55 PCGS. Realized $460,000
  9. 1794 $1 AU55 NGC. B-1, BB-1. Realized $431,250
  10. 1854-O $20 AU58 NGC. Realized $431,250
  11. 1856-O $20 AU55 PCGS. Realized $431,250
  12. 1854-O $20 AU55 PCGS. Realized $431,250

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

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Announcements

Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas Office

Heritage Auctions is seeking talented numismatists with a broad range of expertise to join our Dallas office. 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 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
  • 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 part-time
  • Client Services Representative
  • Currency Cataloger
  • Currency Consignment Director
  • e-Publishing Expert
  • Graphic Designer
  • Housekeeping
  • Interns
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Shipping Associate
  • Web Marketing Specialist

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

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Samuel H. Walker Daguerreotype May Sell For $75,000+ As Part Of The John N. McWilliams Texas Ranger Collection

[Texas Rangers]. Samuel H. Walker Half-Plate Daguerreotype, circa 1847
A rare and significant half-plate daguerreotype portrait of Capt. Samuel H. Walker is estimated to bring $75,000+ to lead the 343-lot John N. McWilliams Texas Ranger Collection Sept. 21 at Heritage Auctions. Meticulously collected to represent 100 years of Texas Ranger history, the collection documents the birth of the Wild West and contains historically important manuscripts, autographs and rare images pertaining to Texas' greatest early figures.

"The focus of the collection is in two parts: The 1840s-1850s-era, which would be the Jack Hayes and RIP Ford era," McWilliams said about the collection in a special video now posted to Heritage Auctions' YouTube channel. "The second portion of the collection, which is equally as important, is the frontier battalion era, which is dating from the early 1870s until about 1900."

[Texas Rangers]. John S. Rip Ford Half-Plate Ambrotype, circa 1858
The collection is heavy on photographs, original manuscripts and original daguerreotypes, including a circa 1858 half-plate ambrotype of Capt. John S. "Rip" Ford, which is estimated to bring $60,000+. Ford was a well-known and influential Texas Ranger who claimed a victory during the Antelope Hills Campaign at the Battle of Little Robe Creek against Comanche Indians and images of him are scarce. An unusual half-plate daguerreotype of two Rangers dressed as Mexican Vaqueros may fetch $50,000+ and a scarce half-plate ambrotype featuring five armed men, taken circa 1858-1860, may cross the block for $15,000+.
[Death of Samuel H. Walker]. David W. Haines Autograph Eyewitness Account with Watercolor Illustration of the Death of Texas Ranger Samuel Walker
Among the rare and historically important manuscripts, an extraordinary journal book holding an eyewitness account of the death of Texas Ranger Samuel H. Walker, made complete with watercolor illustrations of the scene, is estimated to bring $25,000+. Walker, a Texas hero before the Mexican War, gained national distinction during the war for his work under General Zachary Taylor, his collaboration with Samuel Colt on the development of the Colt Walker, and his heroic death at the Battle of Huamantla.
[Mexican War]. Captain Benjamin McCulloch's Company of Spies,Texas Mounted Volunteers, Muster Roll Signed Ben McCulloch.
A highly anticipated muster roll for Capt. Benjamin McCulloch's Company of Spies, a group of 26 battle-hardened volunteers assembled after the Battle of Monterrey during the Mexican-American War, is estimated to bring $15,000+. The group spied on General Santa Anna's advance, which helped Gen. Zachary Taylor land a victory at the Battle of Buena Vista in 1847.

A cabinet card, taken circa 1888, which depicts the only-known original print of an iconic group portrait of the Company "D" Rangers at the height of their notoriety, is estimated to bring $7,000+. Among the Rangers pictured are Captain Frank Jones, Bass Outlaw, J. Walter Durbin, William "Tink" Durbin, Cal Aten, and Frank Schmid. The card, which has been extensively published, was previously in the collections of Robert W. Stephens and George Jackson.

[John Coffee Jack Hays]. Coin Silver Presentation Cup and John C. Buffalo Hump Hays Carte de Visite Signed.
Among the collection's collectibles is a coin silver cup gifted to John Coffee "Jack" Hays and inscribed "Presented to Buffalo Hump Hays." It is estimated to bring $5,000+. Also among the collectibles is an important Mexican bone-carved chess set, circa 1860s, which may fetch $4,000+ and a telescope given to Col. Francis M. Wynkoop, commander of the 1st Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Mexican War, which may sell for $4,000+.

More information about historical auctions.

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Instant Quiz
Trivia

1. Which of the following denominations of US coins was minted in 1922?
       A) Nickel
       B) Dime
       C) Quarter
       D) Half dollar
       E) Quarter eagle


2. Which of the following US coins is considered crown-sized?
       A) Half dime
       B) Dime
       C) Quarter
       D) Half dollar
       E) Silver dollar




Last week's question:

1. What is the date of the first mintmarked US coin with a face value of less than 10 cents?
Correct Answer: A) 1838 (38%).

2. The King of Siam proof set was minted in 1834. Besides the dollar, which coin was dated 1804?
Correct Answer: E) Eagle (34%).

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Is it Time to Sell?
1943 cent copper
1944 cent steel
Your next consignment opportunity for US coins is our 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction in New York. Take advantage of Heritage's unparalleled marketing reach and expose your coins to the largest possible buyer base — over 800,000 bidder members on site in New York and throughout the world at HA.com.

The September 18 consignment deadline will be here before you know it, so call our Consignment Hotline at 1-800-872-6467 x1000 today!

2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York
Consignment Deadline: September 18, 2013

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

Interested in Selling?
What's My Coin Worth?
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