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This Week in Coin News September 21, 2013
In This Issue:
Noblesse in Long Beach
A World of Money: The Flavian Amphitheatre
Website Tips: MyBids
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!
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Noblesse in Long Beach
1831 25C Large Letters PR66 NGC
1831 25C Large Letters PR66 NGC
The rare early proof silver coins in The Noblesse Collection have been the property of a family of European nobility since the mid-19th century, when an ancestor collected them while visiting the United States. New to U.S. numismatics, they are making their market debut in the Premier Session of our 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction in Long Beach.

The collection consists of a remarkable selection of outstanding early proof silver coins, featuring five proof half dollars from the 1820s and 1830s. These early proofs are generally examples of issues where just a handful are known of the date, with individual varieties even rarer. For example, the 1830 half dime, PR66 star NGC is the first confirmed proof of this V-10/LM-1.1 variety.

In addition to the remarkable proofs in this collection, the collection boasts an 1853 quarter graded MS67, proof that the gentleman that acquired these coins had an eye for beauty even in the coins that circulated at the time.

The Noblesse Collection consists of:

1830 H10C PR66 * NGC 1830 H10C PR66 * NGC
1831 50C PR64 NGC. O-103 1831 50C PR64 NGC. O-103

The Noblesse Collection and the rest of the Premier session of the Long Beach auction will be offered in the Friday evening session at 6:00 PM Pacific Time. Internet bidding for this session will end the previous night at 10:00 PM CT, but bidding will continue through Heritage Live!® until the coins are offered on the auction floor. View these and the rest of the coins in the Long Beach auction at HA.com/Coins.

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A World of Money: The Flavian Amphitheatre
Titus (AD 79-81). Orichalcum sestertius (33mm, 26.90 gm, 6h)
Titus (AD 79-81). Orichalcum sestertius (33mm, 26.90 gm, 6h)
Titus (AD 79-81). Orichalcum sestertius (33mm, 26.90 gm, 6h). Rome, AD 80-81. Oblique overhead view of the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater); the exterior displaying four tiers of arches, the top three containing statuary, and the interior showing spectators arrayed in sectioned seating; to the left, fountain on base (Meta Sudans); on right, porticoed building (Baths of Titus?) / IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII, Titus seated left on curule chair, holding branch and scroll; below, on either side, pile of arms. In field, S - C. RIC 184. Elkins 6 (A4/P6). CBN 189. Hendin 1594.

Among the most famous monuments of Antiquity is Rome's Colosseum, formally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, so named after the dynasty that built it. Flavius Vespasianus (A.D. 69-79), began its construction in AD 71 on the site of Nero's sumptuous Golden House. It was Rome's first permanent outdoor amphitheater, and it was built on a scale not to be exceeded for the next eighteen centuries.

Vespasian dedicated the partially completed structure in AD 75; however the final touches, including the top tiers of arches and seating, were not completed until June, AD 80, under his son and successor Titus. To mark the occasion, this remarkable coin was issued, and we are privileged to offer an example in our 2013 September 25 - 27, 30 & October 1 World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction in Long Beach.

The die engraver did a exemplary job depicting the mammoth structure in surprising detail, carefully depicting the exterior tiers of arches and the decorative statuary within each arch, as well as the spectators crowded within. Even the interior staircases arched entrance ways and the Imperial box are depicted. To the left of the central structure stands a huge, conical fountain called the Meta Sudans; to the right is a porticoed building usually identified as the Baths of Titus, formerly part of Nero's Golden House.

This coin is an excellent specimen of this very rare and important historic type. Although there is some minor smoothing in the fields, the devices and main details are untouched. This coin grades a pleasing Very Fine with green-brown patina.

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Website Tips: MyBids

MyBids is a very powerful tool for you as a bidder to keep track of all of your bids, present and past, from any Heritage site.

When you first arrive at the MyBids page, you'll see something much like this:


At top will be the collectible type whose bids you are reviewing, such as Coins or Comics. If you wish to look at bids from another Heritage site, choose the site from the drop-down list:

Click on the "Go" button to the right of the listing in order to change sites. This will show you your bids in all auctions on the other site, and it will take you to the MyBids page on the appropriate site. For instance, if you have placed a bid on one of the many intriguing letters or books in our current Books or Manuscripts Grand Format Auctions, choose "Historical", and you will be taken to the MyBids page on the Historical site.

Next is an area where you can choose exactly which bids to examine. By default, the page will show you bids from all current auctions on the site you're currently on, ordered by when Internet bidding closes, with totals covering all of your current bids in this collectible type. To look at your bids from an individual auction, choose it from the drop-down menu in the center. This will show you totals and bids only from that particular auction.

If you are interested in examining your bids from closed auctions, click on the "Closed Auctions" link. By default, this page will show you bids from all auctions that closed in the last ten days, but you will still be able to choose to look at your bids in any particular auction by, again, simply choosing it from the drop-down menu.

Below this come your actual bids, either from all auctions or from an individual auction. The columns are:

  1. A thumbnail photo of the lot.

  2. The lot number. Click on the link to see a full description and image of the lot.

  3. The lot's description, including category, short description, reserve status, and possibly certain other features.

  4. The lot's grade, if any.

  5. The number of people who have bid on the lot, as well as the number of people who have tracked it.

  6. Your maximum bid. This is the number you entered when you made your bid, and this is the bid that will stand for you against all other bidders. If this number is green, you have the winning bid. If this number is red, someone else has the winning bid. The number in parentheses is the maximum bid plus the Buyer's premium.

  7. The current bid. This is what the winning bidder will pay for the lot if the auction ends right now, with the buyer's premium added in parentheses. This is also what other bidders will see if they look for the current bid on the lot.

  8. The next bid. This is the minimum amount any future bidder can bid on the coin, again with the buyer's premium added in parentheses. Notice in this case that if someone bids this minimum amount on this coin, your $75 bid will work for you and you will still have the winning bid.

  9. Batch bids. From the MyBids page, you can place bids on any lots you have already bid on. See Batch Bidding for more details.

  10. The time remaining for internet bidding in the current auction. This figure does not update itself, so if it is getting close to auction close, you will need to refresh your browser periodically to see the actual time remaining.

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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 eleven most valuable Dutch coins to sell in Heritage auctions:

Holland gold Silver Rider (10 Ducats) 1687, Del-788, MS64 NGC
Holland gold Silver Rider (10 Ducats) 1687, Del-788, MS64 NGC
  1. Holland gold Silver Rider (10 Ducats) 1687, Del-788, MS64 NGC. Realized $19,550
  2. Willem I gold 10 Gulden 1819, KM56, MS64 PL NGC. Realized $13,800
  3. Willem II gold 10 Gulden 1848, KM78, Proof 60 NGC. Realized $12,650
  4. Willem III gold 5 Gulden 1850, KM94, Proof 65 Ultra Cameo NGC. Realized $12,650
  5. Willem III 1/2 Gulden 1850, KM92, deeply toned Proof. Realized $8,165
  6. Willem III gold 10 Gulden 1851, KM95, PF63 Cameo NGC. Realized $7,475
  7. Utrecht. Ducaton (Silver Rider) 1794, KM92, D-1832, MS66 PCGS. Realized $7,475
  8. Wilhelmina gold 10 Gulden 1926, KM162, Proof 65 NGC. Realized $6,325
  9. Holland. Gold 6 Stuivers 1739, KM45a, MS65 NGC. Realized $5,875
  10. Willem II Gulden 1846, KM66, Proof 66 PCGS. Realized $5,750
  11. Utrecht. Gold Cavalier d'Or 1619, KM15, Fr-286, MS62 NGC. Realized $5,750

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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.
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  • 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
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The Maude Ballou Papers: Martin Luther King's Handwritten Notes, Writings And Correspondence Among Important Civil Rights Era History

Martin Luther King Jr. Autograph Letter Twice Signed
Martin Luther King Jr. Autograph Letter
Twice Signed
An unprecedented trove of material relating to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the most famous and influential name in America's storied Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s — including King's handwritten notes on eight cards containing the outline of his famed "Dexter Avenue Church Farewell Address," circa 1960 — will be offered on Oct. 17 as part of Heritage Auctions' Signature® Historical Manuscripts event in New York.

The material, more than 100 artifacts in all, are coming to auction after more than half a century in the loving possession of 87-year-old Maude Ballou, Martin Luther King Jr.'s close friend and personal secretary.

Martin Luther King Jr. Autograph Letter Twice Signed
Martin Luther King Jr., Final Page of the Original 'I Have a Dream' Speech

with Original Transmittal Note Dated Two Months Before Dr. King's Death

"The Ballou material provides a ground-level perspective of the civil rights struggle," says Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions. "The collection brings to light the courage and strength of all its participants. This material, available for the very first time, is unprecedented and illustrates the role of the church and the Reverend King's leadership."

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr letter
Martin Luther King Jr. Autograph Notecards Containing Notes for a Speech
,
circa December 1959
As a child growing up in the South during the 1960s, Howard Ballou, Maude's son, was privileged to witness history. He was just a boy at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement.

"When Dr. King was elected to lead the Montgomery Improvement Association, which led to the Montgomery bus boycott, he asked mom to come work with him," said Howard, 59, a TV news anchor in Jackson, Miss. "She was working at the time for a local radio station. She had a business degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She was a great organizer. She got things done. Of course, this was the boycott that changed the world."

Maude Ballou later helped Dr. King establish his office at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Mrs. Ballou moved with King to Atlanta, living with the King family for several months, ensuring a smooth transition before King had time to hire a new secretary.

As King's secretary, Ballou handled his schedule, wrote letters on his behalf, and received correspondence from King and other civil rights leaders.

MKL and Maude Ballou NAACP card
Martin Luther King Jr. and Maude Ballou 'Distinguished NAACP Volunteer' Cards with Letter

"Maude Ballou communicated with all the great leaders of the day," said Palomino. "Rosa Parks, Adam Clayton Powell, Ralph Abernethy, Wyatt Tee Walker, you name it. She worked closely with Dr. King in all of his writing and editing."

"These are treasures from my mom's years at the beginning of the civil rights movement," said Howard. "My mother has finally decided that, after half a century safeguarding this material, and Dr. King's legacy, she wants to share these items with the public. It's time for them to be appreciated by others as much as we've appreciated them."

Heritage Auctions will be donating a portion of its proceeds from the auction of The Ballou Papers to Alabama State University.

More information about historical auctions.

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Personal Effects And Sculpture Bring $1.28+ Million At Heritage Auctions

Grande Venus victorieuse (Large Venus Victorious)
The single largest archive of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's personally-owned objects — from his signature polka-dot scarf, which realized $3,750, to the most ambitious sculpture executed by Renoir and Richard Guino, La Grande Venus Victrix, temporarily stored in a shed after Renoir's death, which realized $545,000 — led an expansive grouping dedicated to the Impressionist icon in Heritage Auctions' The Renoir Estate Collection Signature® Auction, Sept. 19 in New York, which totaled $1,285,563.

"This collection provided an intimate glimpse inside the personal and professional life of Renoir," said Brian Roughton, Managing Director of Fine Arts at Heritage Auctions, "and the worldwide interest generated by the event, and the significant prices realized, show that Renoir is still as relevant and beloved today as he has ever been."

The widespread interest in the collection translated into spirited bidding across the auction, with a majority of lots, especially Renoir's correspondence and personal papers, selling well in excess of their original estimates.

This museum-level collection is significant for its completeness in revealing volumes about Renoir, his art and his personal life. The Heritage event also represents the last time this collection will appear assembled ever again.

More information about fine and decorative art auctions.

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September 30 West Texas Golf Classic Auction Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Stillwaters Ranch Whitetail Hunt In The Texas Hill Country
Stillwaters Ranch Whitetail Hunt In The Texas Hill Country

In 2010, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) and a group of dedicated friends hosted the first West Texas Golf Classic at the scenic and historic Lubbock Country Club. Now in its fourth year, the tournament promises a wonderful day of golf, outstanding prizes and great fellowship, but so much more is accomplished through this event. It offers an opportunity for participants to come together and show support for the exceptional work TSRHC is doing to improve thousands of children's lives across Texas.

Proceeds from the tournament have greatly benefited the hospital. To date, the tournament has made more than $250,000 to support such areas as the Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders, the Allan Shivers Park and the hospital's Atrium renovation project. This support has made a significant difference in the lives of Texas children.

For more information about the auction, contact Jeri Carroll at 214-409-1873 or JeriC@HA.com.

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Instant Quiz
Trivia

1. Which US coin was struck with a 35% silver content?
       A) 1851-54 3 cent silver
       B) 1856-64 cent
       C) 1942-45 nickel
       D) 1965-70 half dollar
       E) 1976 bicentennial quarter, half, and dollar


2. Which US coin was last struck in 1878?
       A) Half dime
       B) Twenty cent piece
       C) Trade dollar
       D) One dollar gold
       E) Three dollar gold




Last week's question:

1. For how many years were US half dollars made with the Draped Bust obverse and the small eagle reverse?
Correct Answer: B) 2 (38%).

2. Which of the following is considered the true "No D" 1922 cent?
Correct Answer: B) Die Pair 2 (31%).

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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 23, 2013

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

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Current Auctions
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2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach #1189
September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach #1189

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September 25 - 27 & 30, & October 1 World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach #3026
September 25 - 27 & 30, & October 1 World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach #3026

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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131339
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131339
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241339
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231339
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Currency Auctions
2013 September 25 - 27, 30 & October 1 Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach 3524 September 25 - 27, 30 & October 1 Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach #3524
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141339
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Signature Auctions
September 21 Legends of the West Signature Auction - The John N. McWilliams Texas Ranger Collection - Dallas #6104 September 21 Legends of the West Signature Auction - The John N. McWilliams Texas Ranger Collection - Dallas #6104
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September 23 Fine Jewelry & Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5160 September 23 Fine Jewelry & Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5160
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September 30 Year of the Farmer Art Auction Benefiting the National FFA Organization #544 September 30 Year of the Farmer Art Auction Benefiting the National FFA Organization #544
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September 30 West Texas Golf Classic Auction Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 552 September 30 West Texas Golf Classic Auction Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children #552
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October 5 - 7 The Estate and Gentleman Collector Auctions #5144 October 5 - 7 The Estate and Gentleman Collector Auctions #5144
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121338
Closes September 22
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151338
Closes September 22
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161338
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171339
Closes September 24
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction #251339
Closes September 24
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201339
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