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Rare 17th Century Coinage Highlights $6 Million Eric P. Newman World Coin Results
Seldom Seen Selections: The Rarest Carson City Gold Coin
Website Tips: Draggable Image Closeups
This Week's Top Ten
Lot viewing for New York auction
Take Our 2014 19th Annual Coin & Currency Auction Survey
Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas Office
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
Employment Opportunities
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January 25, 2014
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Rare 17th Century Coinage Highlights $6 Million
Eric P. Newman World Coin Results
 1787 Brasher Doubloon, EB on Wing, W-5840, MS63 NGC. CAC
 1787 Brasher Doubloon, EB on Wing, W-5840, MS63 NGC. CAC
A 14 ducat coin of Salzburg, minted in 1612 and so rare that it hasn't been plated in at least a half century, sold for $211,500 to lead all results from the 2014 January 14 - 16 Selections From the Eric P. Newman Collection Part III Signature Auction in New York. All figures include a 17.5% Buyer's Premium.

This enigmatic and possibly unique coin, graded AU58 by NGC, is of a very rare denomination, and it is listed as "Rare" in those references where it can be found at all. Although this is a large, high-relief coin, the ornate design elements are fully and delicately struck, with just the slightest wear to show that it did briefly fulfill its commercial purpose.

A second possibly unique coin from the 17th century, a 2 taler piece from Emden dated 1674, also reached the six figure level when it sold for $111,625. The obverse of this spectacular coin, graded MS66 by NGC, depicts the city of Emden from the point of view of its harbor, still an important port in Northwestern Germany today. The extremely rare single Taler of this design is never found in Mint State grades, let alone the Premium Gem level of this amazing multiple Taler.

A 1672 ten ducat coin from Saxe-Altenburg, struck with Double Taler dies, sold for $105,750 to round out the top three 17th century highlights of this auction. Depicting a fifteen-year-old Duke Friedrich Wilhelm III on the obverse, this coin boasts nearly full definition, as signified by its NGC-assigned grade of AU58, to go along with extreme rarity. We were not able to find another record of sale of this type, and we doubt that more than one or two others exist.

Although struck in the 18th century, a Russian 1729 gold Ducat, was another star of this sale as it crossed the auction block for $205,625, taking second honors. Graded AU50 by NGC, this coin is a splendid example of an exceedingly rare one-year type, and it is also from the rarer of the two major varieties of the issue.

German States: Emden. Leopold I City 2 Taler 1674 German States: Emden. Leopold I City 2 Taler 1674
German States: Saxe-Altenburg. Duke Friedrich Wilhelm III gold 10 Ducats 1672 German States: Saxe-Altenburg. Duke Friedrich Wilhelm III gold 10 Ducats 1672
Russia: Peter II gold Ducat 1729 Russia: Peter II gold Ducat 1729
Norway: Christian V gold 2 Ducats ND (1670-99), KM120 Norway: Christian V gold 2 Ducats ND (1670-99), KM120
Just a few of the additional highlights of this auction included:

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society Items being sold are from the extensive collection of Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (a Missouri not-for-profit corporation) and have been assembled over a period of 90 years. Proceeds of the sale of all items will be used exclusively for supplementing the Society's museum operations and scholarly numismatic research efforts and for the benefit of other not-for-profit institutions selected by Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society for public purposes.


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Seldom Seen Selections: The Rarest Carson City Gold Coin
1870-CC $20 -- Cleaned -- ANACS. AU Details
1870-CC $20 -- Cleaned -- ANACS. AU Details
On February 3, 1870, the Carson City Mint officially struck its first coins, silver dollars dated 1870-CC, as reported in the February 5 edition of the Daily Alta California newspaper. The founder of Carson City, Abraham Curry, served as the first superintendent of the new mint.

In keeping with the character of the Comstock Lode, the Carson City Mint would strike during its first year the largest three circulating denominations each in silver and gold — silver quarters, half dollars, and dollars, along with gold half eagles, eagles, and double eagles.

The "1870-CC" date is a magical one for collectors, and no more so than when associated with the twenty dollar denomination, America's largest circulating denomination of the classic era of U.S. gold coinage. The 1870-CC double eagle has a noted and well-earned reputation as the most expensive among the Liberty Head double eagles. Curiously, the Carson City Mint required two die pairs to strike the pieces. Today it is estimated that no more than 45 or 50 examples survive in all grades — a survival rate of 1.25% to 1.4% of the original mintage of 3,789 coins.

Mint State examples of the 1870-CC double eagle are unknown. An example with AU Details, such as the ANACS-graded example in our New York Signature Auction on February 3-5, is bound to be the object of particular attention on the part of multiple bidders. The surfaces of this coin are bright, even yellow-gold, showing light wear consistent with the AU Details grade on each side. A few light marks in the field are as expected, but none are overt or, indeed, large enough to serve as pedigree identifiers.

Offerings of 1870-CC double eagles are infrequent, even at Heritage, and they are noteworthy. The overall rarity of the issue make it by far the most elusive Carson City gold coin, and second within the Liberty Head double eagles only to the extremely rare 1861 Philadelphia Paquet issue.

We expect that this desirable, well-detailed, and eminently collectible 1870-CC double eagle will rouse plenty of collector attention at the auction block.

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Website Tips: Draggable Image Closeups  
If you've been on our website for any length of time, you've probably done a little research into an item or two by looking at closeup images. You have a couple of options on how to do this — the Pan and Zoom feature, usable on all active and upcoming lots, and a simple closeup of an individual image, available on all pages. You can toggle between the two on any lot page for upcoming lots.



We haven't changed Pan and Zoom, but we have made a significant improvement to the closeup image page. Now, if you click on any of the images of a lot (or the Look Closer icon as in the screenshot above), you get a single page where you can navigate back and forth between all images for the same lot. Just click on the thumbnail images in order to view the closeup.



By default, this page allows you to drag the viewable image by clicking and moving the image to the area you wish to inspect. (put screenshots below side by side) If you wish to scroll the image rather than drag it, click on the "Disable Click and Drag Pan Feature" button below the thumbnails.



The listing of thumbnails can intrude on some images. To get around this, you can close and open this listing at any time by clicking on the Hide Thumbnails/Show Thumbnails buttons.



Best of all, this feature is available for all Heritage lots that have images, including the auction archives.

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This Week's Top Ten
1873-CC 10C No Arrows MS64 PCGS
1873-CC 10C No Arrows MS64 PCGS
The ten highest valued Carson City coins with face values less than a dollar to sell in Heritage auctions, one per issue:

  1. 1873-CC 10C No Arrows MS64 PCGS. Realized $632,500.
  2. 1876-CC 20C MS66 PCGS. Realized $460,000.
  3. 1873-CC 25C No Arrows MS62 PCGS. Realized $106,375.
  4. 1870-CC 50C MS61 PCGS Secure. Realized $88,125.
  5. 1875-CC 20C MS67 NGC. Realized $80,500.
  6. 1874-CC 50C Arrows MS64 PCGS. Realized $74,750.
  7. 1873-CC 25C Arrows AU55 PCGS. Realized $74,750.
  8. 1873-CC 10C Arrows MS64 PCGS. Realized $71,875.
  9. 1870-CC 25C AU53 NGC. Realized $70,500.
  10. 1873-CC 50C No Arrows MS66 PCGS. Realized $69,000.
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send it to us!

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Announcements
Lot viewing for New York auction

Don't miss a special opportunity to view auctions lots from our upcoming New York Signature auction. The Signature and Premier Session lots will be available for viewing in conjunction with the NGC Trade & Grade, held January 25th - 28th, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and January 29th 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at our Beverly Hills office. Additionally, these lots will be showcased at our New York office prior to auction from February 1st - 4th.

Space is limited, so please call Roy Porras at 214-409-1295 or RoyP@HA.com to reserve your seat.

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Take Our 19th Annual Coin & Currency Auction Survey

You can win a Certified Uncirculated 1907 High Relief $20!

Heritage is the World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer, but we're always striving to improve, and so today we are asking for your help. Let us know what you collect and what you'd like to see in upcoming Heritage Coin auctions.

By answering all of these questions fully, you can help Heritage to continue to build auctions with the material you want to see. And remember, if you fully answer this confidential survey you may be chosen to win one of these valuable prizes:

1907 High Relief $20
1907 High Relief $20
  • Grand Prize: A Certified Uncirculated 1907 High Relief $20!*
  • First Prize: Five winners can auction up to $100,000 of their coins for free in any one of Heritage's 2014-2015 auctions (no seller's commission).
  • Second Prize: Ten winners can auction up to $50,000 of their coins for free in any one of Heritage's 2014-2015 auctions (no seller's commission).
  • Third Prize: Ten winners will have the opportunity to have a Heritage representative review their collection, give a professional current market evaluation, and have up to 30 coins certified by PCGS or NGC at Heritage's expense (up to a $5,000 value).
  • All respondents will receive a complimentary copy of Heritage Magazine for The Intelligent Collector.
Your confidential, completed survey must be completed by January 31st, 2014 to participate in the drawing. Only one entry per person is eligible to win. Winner will be announced on our website by February 17, 2014. Thank you, and good luck!

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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
  • Automobilia 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
  • Consignment Coordinator
  • Currency Consignment Director
  • Email Marketer
  • e-Publishing Expert
  • Interns
  • Operations Assistant
  • Web Marketing Specialist
  • U.S. Coin Cataloger Needed
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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Automobilia Newest Heritage Auctions Category

Heritage Auctions, the world's largest collectibles auctioneer, has announced its newest category — Automobilia — will debut May 29 with an auction devoted to the fine art, collectibles and personalities relating to the world's love affair with the automobile.

This marks the first time Heritage has held a dedicated auction relating to automotive memorabilia and motoring.

"We feel our 850,000 online bidder members are well tuned to this market," said Karl Chiao, Heritage Auctions' Director of Trusts & Estate and the person who will be overseeing the Automobilia department. "Heritage has had a strong presence at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for some time and enjoys a worldwide reputation as the #1 auctioneer of Lalique mascots. A category devoted to this growing collecting trend will no doubt be well received."

The inaugural Automobilia auction will feature trophies, race-worn items, helmets and equipment, photography, advertising signs, autographs, Petroliana, posters, and even large scale car models. Also considered would be figural mascots, pre-1970 European racing collectibles relating to motorsport events and items perfect for the vintage garage. The consignment deadline has been set for April 7.

"We see this serving fans of history's greatest races and fantastic car brands, including memorabilia from Ferrari, Mercedes, Bentley, Bugatti and more," Chiao said. "This platform offers ideal crossover appeal to collectors of Illustration Art and the original works relating to automotive posters and publications."

If you are an Automobilia expert and would like to be a part of this growth, please visit Heritage's Career Portal.

To consign by April 7 to Heritage Auctions inaugural Automobilia Auction, please contact Karl Chiao, Manager of the Automobilia Department, at 877-HERITAGE (437-4824), ext. 1958 or KarlC@HA.com, or Consignment Coordinator Veronica Shrum at ext. 1918.

More information about automobilia auctions.

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Now Accepting Consignments for our April 9th Domain Name and Intellectual Property Auction

Our November domain name and IP auction was well received, selling over $1.5M in domain names was well received, selling over $1.5 million in domain names, including:

  • MutualFunds.com
  • Animation.com
  • QR.com
  • ZX.com
  • BusinessPhones.com
  • Dayton.com
  • AIE.com
  • Hemisphere.com
We are now accepting consignments for our early April auction, and we plan to accept a total of 70-75 domain names. The consignment deadline is February 14th, and the spots are filling up quickly.

We are looking for domain names that fit any of the following criteria:

1 and 2 word .com domains that are generic in meaning.: These assets are ideal for branding a company, service, product etc.Examples include: Gazelle.com, March.com, Amazon.com, Elephant.com and BlueSky.com.

1 and 2 word product and category names: These names are ideal for investment or development. Like Tablets.com, Animation.com, BusinessPhones.com and OnlineDegrees.com.

2 and 3 letter .com acronyms: These are coveted by investors and end-user companies alike. Such as QR.com, AIE.com and XZ.com.

If you have domain names that fit any of these criteria, send your submissions to IP Director Aron Meystedt at: AronM@HA.com.

If you do not have names that line up with these criteria, stay tuned for our final auction list. There will be many opportunities to acquire these highly desired assets.

More information about Domain Name auctions.

More information about Domain Name auctions.

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Instant Quiz
Trivia

1. Augustus Saint-Gaudens is well known as the designer of the eagle and double eagle. What other denomination did he prepare a design for?
       A) Cent
       B) Nickel
       C) Half dollar
       D) Half eagle
       E) Silver dollar


2. What was the first year of issue of the Capped Bust quarter?
       A) 1807
       B) 1808
       C) 1811
       D) 1815
       E) 1829



Last week's question:

1. Which series receives the designation "Full Head" for fully struck coins?
Correct Answer: C) Standing Liberty quarter (80%).

2. What was the date of the last dollar minted in Carson City?
Correct Answer: C) 1893 (59%).


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Is it Time to Sell?
The numismatic market and prices are strong, and it's time for you to profit from that strength. Last year's Central States' auctions brought in $58 Million, the largest CSNS event ever. The Central States organization and Heritage have established an enduring tradition: attracting the best in numismatic properties for auction, assembling an enthusiastic audience, and then delivering superb prices realized. With your consignment, we will continue to make history in 2014.

It's easy for you to be part of making history at another exciting Central States. Call Heritage today to include your important rare coins and currency in this amazing event — the CSNS coin consignment deadline is March 10 and the currency deadline is March 3. Please call our Consignment Directors at 800-USCOINS (872-6467) ext. 1000 (Coins) or ext. 1001 (Currency) to begin your pursuit of top prices.

2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Schaumburg
Consignment Deadline: March 10, 2014

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

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