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Classic Rarities Lead February 3-5 New
York US Coin Auction
Classic rarities including rare proofs and later date gold are
highlighted in the February 4 Premier session of the 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins
Signature Auction, to take place at Heritage's 445 Park Avenue
offices in New York.
Proofs minted before 1858 are very rare as a rule, doubly so when
struck at a branch mint. This auction features a proof 1855-S half dollar,
graded Proof-65 by NGC and one of only three known, which was
struck during the second year of the San Francisco Mint's
operations. The other two known examples are closely held, with one
at the Smithsonian Institution; the other has not been seen since
the 1950s. As such, this is an opportunity for the specialist to
own the only collectible example, an opportunity that might not
recur again in many years.
1870 was the first year of operation of the Carson City Mint, and
as a rule, coins dated 1870-CC are both rare and subject to high
collector demand. Nowhere is this more true than with the 1870-CC
double eagle, one of the absolute keys to the Liberty Head series.
This auction features a 1870-CC double eagle graded
AU Details by ANACS, certain to be the object of attention from
double eagle specialists.
As most collectors know, the use of gold US coinage was halted in
1933. Many dates, particularly later dates, saw extremely limited
release into commerce and are very rare today. The 1930-S eagle and the
1931 double eagle, both
of which are featured in this auction, are examples of these late
date rarities. Virtually none of these coins saw any level of
circulation, with most being found in or near Gem grades,
exemplified by the MS65 grade assigned to the eagle and the MS64
grade borne by the double eagle. Both coins were certified by
A few of the many other highlights of this auction include:
Bidding on this auction continues on HA.com/Coins, with
bidding scheduled to end at 10:00 PM CT before the scheduled live
session for coins in sessions 1-4, and at 10:00 AM CT February 5
for session 5. After that time, bidding will continue on all items
through Heritage Live!® until
the hammer falls for the lot.
Seldom Seen Selections: An S.S.
Central America Treasure
A disaster such as the sinking of a ship focuses the attention of
people on what is truly important, life itself. It also brings out
the best and worst in people. A passage from America's Lost
Treasure is of interest, focusing on the tale of survivor William
"Some of the men unbuckled their gold-stuffed belts and flung their
hard-earned treasure upon the deck to lighten their weight. Chase
claimed that he could easily have picked up thousands of dollars,
if he thought he had a chance of reaching safety with this
treasure. Shortly before eight o'clock, the Central America,
with its decks now awash, was rapidly filling with water and
sinking lower into the sea. In a dinner conversation earlier in the
voyage Captain Herndon had told the Eastons that if his ship were
ever to go down, he would go with it. Now, having done everything
he could to save the women and children, and wondering if he could
have done anything different to avoid the imminent tragedy, Captain
Herndon retired to his quarters. Stoic and proud, he returned to
the wheelhouse wearing his full-dress uniform."
Of the gold ingots that slipped to the bottom of the sea 150 years
ago with the S.S. Central America, the most plentiful were
those from the well-respected firm of Kellogg & Humbert. More
than 400 of these ingots were recovered in 1988. In spite of its
considerable heft of 36.40 ounces, the piece we are
offering in our New York Signature
auction is actually one of the smaller ingots recovered. The
smallest from Kellogg & Humbert was 5.71 ounces and the largest
weighed an amazing 933.94 ounces. At the time the Central America
sank, this particular ingot was valued at $620.77.
The ingot is 52
mm tall, 41 mm wide, and 30 mm deep. The top side reads: No
1028/36.40 OZ/825 FINE/$620.77. The individual ingot number is
repeated at the top of the back side. The company imprint is neatly
impressed on the right side. Two assay chips are out of opposing
corners, as always. The ingot is bright overall with no traces of
the rust that is often seen on these ingots.
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The ten highest valued Mexican 8 Reales
pieces to sell in Heritage auctions:
A repeat occurrence of one coin has been omitted.
- Carlos and Joanna 8 Reales ND
(1538). XF. Realized $373,750.
- Felipe III Royal 8 Reales
1609 Mo-A, AU55 NGC. Realized $111,625.
- Felipe IV Royal 8 Reales
1667/6 Mo-G, XF45 NGC. Realized $88,125.
- Felipe V Pillar 8 Reales
1732Mo-F, KM103, Choice AU. Realized $86,250.
- Republic Cap and Rays 8
Reales 1827-PiJS, KM377.12, MS63 NGC. Realized $63,250.
- Republic Cap and Ray 8
Reales 1835-Ho PP, KM377.9, VF details. Realized $48,500.
- Republic silver Pattern 8
Reales 1882 Ho-JA, KM-Pn136var. Realized $47,000.
- Republic Cap & Ray 8
Reales 1827 Pi-JS, KM377.12, AU50 PCGS. Realized $15,862.
- Republic silver-plated
bronze Pattern 8 Reales 1840Do-OM, KM-Pn59, AU55 NGC. Realized
- Felipe V Pillar 8 Reales
1733Mo-MF, KM103, AU58+ PCGS. Realized $13,800.
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Online bidding for the A.W.A.R.E. An Artist Against Alzheimer
Auction ends February 5, 10:00 PM CT with auction closing at the
live event held February 6, 2014. The live event will be held from
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at: Museum Tower, 1918
North Olive Street, Dallas, Texas, 75201.
If you are the high bidder at the close of the online portion at
10:00 PM on Feb 5th 2014, 10:00 PM CT, your online high bid will be
transferred to the live event, February 6th, 2014. For further
information, For more information, contact Stephanie O'Barr,
800.872.6476 x1807 or StephanieO@HA.com.
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Civil War Baseball Makes its Auction Debut in Platinum
Heritage Auctions is proud to present the most
thoroughly documented Civil War soldier's baseball in the
hobby, and it will be featured in our upcoming February
Platinum Night Auction. The headline of the included news
clipping from the February 18, 1911 edition of the Los Angeles
Express reads "Famous War-Time Baseball Will Be Shown at
Banquet," and continues on to state, "Members of Loyal
Legion Will Fondle Old Sphere and Hear Story of the Part It Took in
Army Sport During the Stirring Days of '64." The article's
text tells the story best.
"Captain France was a member of the Seventeenth New York
zouaves, who were attached to the Sixteenth corps under the command
of N.S. Granger. There were a number of good ballplayers in the
Seventeenth and when, in May '64, the corps was encamped at
Decatur, Ala., the baseball enthusiasts conceived the plan of
sending to Nashville, 130 miles north, for a ball and bat.
The plan was executed and many a hot game of baseball was played on
the parade grounds. When the call for dress parade came and a game
was in progress, it was customary for the man having the ball in
his hand at the time to keep it until the next game was played.
In this manner the ball was carried on Sherman's march to the sea,
through the Atlanta campaign, its siege and capture, then through
the Carolinas campaign to Raleigh, Richmond and finally to
Washington. At Washington, while the soldiers were waiting to be
mustered out, the last game of ball was played. When it was over
Lieutenant Barnett was walking off the field with Captain France.
'Here, France,' he called, and gave the ball an underhand toss into
France's waiting hands."
The trail of the provenance picks up shortly after the printing of
the newspaper article with an undated but clearly very old
handwritten letter from Charles H. Pease, a Captain with the 17th
New York Veteran Volunteers (Zouaves) who served with France. He
"This ball was used by the Officers of the 17th N.Y. at
Decatur, Ala in '62 during the ocupation (sic) by Federal troops
and when the 17th received marching orders to go to the front at
Atlanta Ga it was in possession of Capt. James S. France who kept
it long after the war and finally gave it to my son Harry France
Pease in 1915." Pease signs below. The close relationship
between these former brothers in arms is apparent in the middle
name of Pease's son.
The ball itself is crafted in the lemon peel style typical of the
Civil War-era and bears vintage handwritten block-lettered text
that reads, "Zouave B.B.C." and "Officers 17th
N.Y.V.V.I." The ball is deeply toned but text remains bold and
the structural integrity of the sphere is strong with no loose
stitching or major defects to the leather. Also in the lot is a
modern printed transcript of many of Captain Pease's letters home
from the war and a 2011 letter of appraisal from noted Civil War
historian Will Gorges. The ball is consigned by the great-great
grandson of Capt. Charles H. Pease, with his letter of provenance.
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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
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