The World's #1 Numismatic Dealer
Heritage Auctions presents The Eugene H.
Gardner Collection of Rare Coins
|One of the finest
collections of American silver ever assembled, more than 3,000
coins in all; first auction scheduled for June 23 at Heritage
Auctions New York
Heritage Auctions announces the sale of the rare coin collection of
Eugene H. Gardner, to be sold in four unreserved auctions to take
place in New York in 2014 and 2015.
Eugene H. Gardner, Sr.
Highlights of the first auction will be on display at the Central
States Numismatic Society Convention in April. Lot viewing of the
entire first auction will begin at Heritage Auctions in Dallas May
1, then move to The Long Beach Coin Expo June 3-6, and then at
Heritage Auctions in New York City, June 20-22. The first auction
will take place the next day, June 23, in-person and live online.
The second auction is slated for October, 2014 in New York.
The Eugene H. Gardner Collection is the product of a keen eye and a
passion for numismatics that began in 1954 when as a college
student he initiated his first collection, which was sold in 1965.
His current collection is widely considered by numismatic experts
to be among the finest collections of silver coinage ever
assembled. The collection features complete sets of all Liberty
Seated and Barber series. Highlights include: 1796 With Pole Half
Cent MS61 Brown NGC; 1802 Half Dime XF45 PCGS; 1796 JR-1 Dime, MS66
PCGS (one of three or four known in the Pre-Cud Die State); 1845-O
Dime MS69 PCGS; 1876-CC Twenty Cent Piece (Eliasberg) MS64 PCGS;
1823/2 Quarter PR64 NGC; 1873-CC No Arrows Quarter MS63 PCGS; 1796
15 Stars Half Dollar MS62 NGC; 1796 16 Stars Half Dollar MS64 PCGS;
1797 Half Dollar MS63 PCGS; 1838-O Half Dollar PR64 NGC; 1870-S
Seated Dollar XF40 PCGS [photos available upon request].
Gardner, 78, founded the investment advisory firm that is now
Gardner Russo & Gardner in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1968.
Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions, inventorying the Eugene
Gardner collection prior to armored transport from Lancaster, PA to
"I see these auctions as the culmination of a gratifying and
absorbing collecting career," said Gardner. "It allows me to
introduce my largely-completed collection to the numismatic
fraternity, which is very exciting to me. I love the thought of
sharing the auction experience with my family. We've really all
been in this together. In fact, my grandchildren know how to get my
attention by just saying, 'Opa, what new coins do you have?'"
"Gene Gardner is more than a coin collector," said Greg Rohan,
President of Heritage Auctions. "He's a numismatist who has an
appreciation for the historic and aesthetic side of the hobby in
addition to being one of the nicest people in numismatics, and so
generous with his time and with his knowledge. Gene has created
books for his personal use for many of his sets; their beautiful
photographs and detailed commentaries are posted on the NGC website
for all to share. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., John Jay Pittman, and
Eric P. Newman are just three of the names that appear in the
provenance of coins in the Gardner Collection. Gene Gardner
is a collector who appreciates the finest available coins, and his
collection clearly illustrates that connoisseurship."
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Seldom Seen Selections: AU50 1875 Ten, a
classic Eagle rarity
The 1875 Liberty eagle is a well-known — some might even say
legendary — rarity in the ten dollar Coronet series. It is so rare
that few collectors or dealers have ever seen one. Only 100
business strikes were originally produced plus 20 proofs. Although
David Akers estimated only five or six business-strike examples
survive in all grades, we are able to trace 14 different coins.
Some pieces, including the present coin, may actually be circulated
PCGS has certified this piece as an AU50,
but we believe that it shows some characteristics of a proof. The
fields still retain a significant amount of reflectivity around the
devices (although this by itself is certainly not evidence of its
proof status). However, the left base of the 1 in the date is
positioned over the left edge of a dentil; and on the reverse, the
top of the second stripe is weak, two of Walter Breen's diagnostics
for proofs. In an earlier appearance in the Four Landmark
Collections, this coin was graded PR50 by Bowers and Merena.
A planchet flake is seen on the upper portion of Liberty's neck and
is mostly surrounded by a deeper coppery patina. The surfaces show
the usual number of small abrasions and handling marks one expects
from any coin that has seen 10 points of wear. The only mark of any
significance is in the upper left obverse field, extending downward
from the juncture of Liberty's forecurl and the bottom of the
coronet. Rich red and lilac coloration is seen over each side.
This auction presents an
extremely rare opportunity to acquire this seldom-seen 19th
century gold issue.
|Ever wanted to have a
quick, convenient place to take notes about a lot that interests
you in a Heritage Auction? Now you have that opportunity, and you
need not look for pen and paper to do it. Heritage now provides you
the opportunity to keep notes on our website on any item that shows
up in any of the following places:
- MyWantlist Matches
- MyAuction Archives
When you visit any of these pages, you will see a dropdown called
"Lot Actions" immediately above your listings. Choose . At the far
left of each of these listings is a checkbox. Click on the
checkboxes next to any or all of the items on which you wish to
enter notes. If you want to take notes on every item in your
listing, click on the checkbox at the top. Once you have checked
every item you wish to edit, go to the Lot Actions dropdown above
the item listings, choose "Add/Edit MyNote", and click on the
Here, you will see a listing of every item you have chosen to
enter, complete with description, lot number, and thumbnail image.
Make any edits you wish, and then click on any "Save" button to
save all of your edits. Note that you will be limited to 256
characters of notes on any one item, or about 50 words or so. The
bottom of each listing will show you the amount of room you have
Once you've entered your notes, they will instantly be visible from
your MyBids, MyTrackedLots, MyConsignments, or MyWantlist Matches
listings, immediately below the short description of the item. You
can enter notes on items in present, past, and even future
auctions, so long as they show up in one of these listings.
To remove a note, just click on the checkbox to the left of the
item, choose "Remove Note" from the Lot Actions dropdown, and click
MyNotes is a tremendous tool for you as a bidder, with an array of
uses that is limited only by your imagination.
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The ten lowest mintage circulation strike eagles:
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list?
Send it to us!
- 1907 Indian Head, Rolled Edge
- 1907 Indian Head, Wire Rim
- 1798/7 7x6 stars
- 1798/7 9x4 stars
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U.S. Coin Cataloger
Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with broad
expertise in U.S. coins to join our award-winning staff. If you
have an extensive knowledge base of U.S. coins and have exceptional
writing skills we have an opening as a cataloger. You can work with
the most successful team of numismatists in the world. This is a
full-time position based in our Dallas headquarters. Duties will
include cataloging, evaluating and attribution of U.S. coins,
assisting with catalog production, and contributing numismatic
articles for newsletters and other publications.
If you are interested, please contact
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Coin Buyer Wanted -
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
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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
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
- 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 &
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
If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we
seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.
- Asian Art Specialist
- Automobilia Specialist
- Coin Buyer
- Decorative Arts & Design Specialist
- European Art Specialist
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New York,
- World Coins Director: Hong Kong
We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
- Client Data Specialist part-time
- Client Services Representative
- Consignment Coordinator
- Currency Consignment Director
- Email Marketing Specialist
- e-Publishing Expert
- Fine Jewelry Cataloger
- Marketing Catalog Coordinator
- Operations Assistant
- Shipping Associate
- Web Content Specialist (part-time)
- Web Marketing Specialist
- U.S. Coin Cataloger Needed
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Shoeless Joe Jackson, Muhammad Ali,
And Babe Ruth Treasures Highlight Platinum Night In NYC, The
Hobby's Premier Event
The New York Yankees have won 27 World Championships to date, and
Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali claimed the Heavyweight boxing title
three times, each achievement a record unmatched in sports history.
On Feb. 22, in New York, Heritage's "Platinum
Night" auction will sell key artifacts of each respective
historic first championship to the most determined collector.
Widely considered to be the most significant article of New York
Yankees memorabilia ever to surface, the pocket watch presented
to Babe Ruth for his contributions in claiming the franchise's
first World Championship in 1923 is consigned to auction by the
gentleman who bought it from Ruth's caddy in the late 1980's.
From the team's second Championship in 1927 through their most
recent in 2009, rings have been awarded for winning the World
Series, but the first of 27 team Championships was marked by an
elegantly engraved gold pocket watch. Ruth's personal model was
gifted to his friend Charles Schwefel, owner of the famed Gramercy
Hotel in Manhattan. Schwefel's wife then passed the watch to her
nephew, who often caddied for the Babe at St. Albans Country Club
in Queens, NY.
"While a few 1923 Championship pocket watches have surfaced from
lesser players and front office personnel, it was widely believed
that Babe Ruth's had been lost," said Chris Ivy, Director of
Heritage Sports Collectibles. "Learning that this wasn't true, that
this extraordinarily piece still existed, was a great thrill, I can
tell you. The pre-auction estimate is $750,000+, but it's truly a
priceless artifact of Yankee history."
If there has been any figure in American sports
as captivating as Babe Ruth, it was a brash, young boxer from
Louisville, KY named Cassius Clay, better known to the sports world
by his adopted name Muhammad Ali. Though he achieved some limited
fame with a Gold Medal performance at the Rome Olympics in 1960, it
wasn't until 1964 that he became a household name with his historic
victory over a heavily favored Sonny Liston, the first of two
meetings with the seemingly invincible powerhouse.
The boxing gloves Clay/Ali was
wearing as he shocked the world in that February 1964 bout in
Miami are expected to bring more than $250,000 on Feb. 22, just
two days before the 50th Anniversary of the fight in which the
legendary boxer earned his first of three Heavyweight
Another historic beginning is commemorated with the only known factory model bat
from the arsenal of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, best remembered
today as the biggest star of the 1919 Chicago White Sox to be
banned for life from organized baseball for his participation in
the throwing of that year's World Series.
The unique labeling format, as well as the factory side-writing on
the bat, assigns use to Jackson's official debut season of 1911,
one notable as the only Major League rookie campaign to record a
batting average of .400 or better.
"This bat serves as a key piece of evidence for the many millions
who believe that Jackson deserves enshrinement in the Baseball Hall
of Fame," said Ivy.
Other significant baseball bats on offer in this Platinum Night
auction include one used by Babe Ruth during his
first Yankees season of 1920 and Mickey Mantle's special model
issued for the 1956 All-Star Game, the only Mantle bat that can
be definitively attributed to the sole Triple Crown season of his
More information about sports
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Three-Day Fine & Decorative Arts Event Offers 1,700+
Eclectic Lots Of Furniture, Private Collections
A diverse, 1,700-lot auction spanning Continental furniture and
lighting, more than 350 works of fine art and sculpture, and a
selection of Pre-Columbian and Asian Art is set to capture the
imagination of decorators and collectors alike Feb. 21-23 at
Heritage Auctions. The Fine & Decorative
Arts including Estates Signature Auction is one of the firm's
most popular auction events held biannually at the firm's Design
District Annex, 1518 Slocum St.
"There's no telling what treasures might cross the block," said Ed
Beardsley, Vice President of Decorative Arts at Heritage.
"Punctuated with an exciting selection of beautiful, finely crafted
Continental furniture and decorative arts, this auction is filled
with rare and noteworthy objects appealing to every range of
A selection of exceptional furniture presented includes a Louis XVI-style bureau
Mazarin made of ebonized wood decorated with stunning Boulle
marquetry. The piece is accented by figures dancing within gilt
borders on a silvered ground and is expected to hammer for $20,000.
An early 19th century German Empire mahogany
temple-form roll-top desk intricately fitted with hidden
drawers and compartments is estimated to bring $30,000+, while
an early 19th
century French Chinoiserie Lacquered and Gilt Bronze mounted
writing desk is expected to generate bidder interest at
Stand out pieces include an Edwardian mahogany
circular staircase, expected to hammer for $8,000 and a
striking pair of Modernist carved,
white marble chairs, estimated at $7,000. The auction also
features three rare specimen tables, the largest supporting a micromosaic
table top depicting birds and six mosaics of flowers and
classical landmarks on a tripartite gilt wood base, which could
sell for $15,000.
Leading the extensive selection of decorative arts are four,
Louis XV-style gilt
bronze, five-light sconces, estimated at $20,000, while the
auction's fine art paintings and sculpture features Victoire, an
imposing bronze on a marble base, after Mathurin Moreau (French,
1822-1912), is presented with a $20,000 estimate.
A selection of exceptional furniture several private collections
offered during the three-day auction event includes a selection of
art glass, led by a Lalique frosted
Bacchantes vase, estimated at $2,500. An important
private collection of rare match safes is highlighted by a circa
1900, 14 karat gold
Blackington safe made in North Attleboro, Mass., which may
bring $1,500, and a circa 1898 Gorham safe,
sporting an enameled blue Yale pendant, which is also expected to
bring $1,500+. An important selection of rare meerschaum pipes with
original cases from a private New York collection is on offer as
well and a lot of seven figural
pipes, all dating to the late 19th century, may sell
More information about Fine and Decorative Art auctions.
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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
What's My Coin Worth?
Consign to a Heritage Auction
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