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An 1865 Newfoundland, Canada
Victoria gold Pattern Specimen 2 Dollars, SP63 PCGS, one of the
rarest and most important pattern coins in all Canadian
numismatics, is expected to bring well more than $80,000 when it
crosses the block on April 10, in Chicago, as part of Heritage
Auctions' Chicago International Coin
Fair (CICF) World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction.
"This is a monumental rarity in Canadian numismatics," said
Cristiano Bierrenbach, Vice President at Heritage Auctions, "and
likely the only example in private hands, also coming with an
illustrious string of ownership. Given the importance of this coin,
look for a final price realized that reflects it. Collectors of all
tastes will be able to find one or several pieces for their
cabinets in this auction."
This auction also marks the single largest auction Heritage's World
and Ancient Coins division has ever held, with more than 6500 lots
in total. With such a diverse offering, collectors from across the
spectrum will find something that fits their tastes.
A gold aureus of the Roman
Emporer Pertinax (AD 193), NGC Gem MS, from The Lexington
Collection, represents one of the most important and
interesting offerings from the Ancient Coins section of the
auction, estimated at $60,000+.
"This amazing coin of Pertinax very clearly demonstrates the perils
of power in the ancient Roman Empire," said David Michaels,
Director of Ancient Coins at Heritage. "Pertinax was an old soldier
and a sage by the time he was installed as emperor and he had ruled
all of 86 days before being assassinated. Due to the brevity of his
reign the coinage of Pertinax is not only quite rare, but also of
unusually high artistic quality."
The rating of Gem MS is the highest possible grade assigned to
ancient coins by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, placing this
among the finest known aurei of Pertinax.
Dedicated collectors of Russian rarities will find much to admire
in an exceedingly exceptional 1797 Paul I Poltina, or
half-rouble, AU 58 NGC, expected to bring more than $40,000.
Latin American collectors eagerly await the offering of an 1817 Ferdinand VII Real,
AU53 NGC, probably the finest Caracas real from 1817 in private
hands, which should top $30,000 in what is expected to be spirited
competition. Canadian collectors who cannot go after the 2 dollar
pattern that sits atop the auction should find some solace, and a
spectacular coin, in a 1902 Edward VII Specimen 25
Cent, SP68 PCGS, which should also bring more than $30,000.
"This is the most impressive Canadian quarter our cataloger has
ever seen," said Bierrenbach, "and easily among the most visually
stunning coins in the entire auction."
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
- Nicholas II Presentation
gold 25 Roubles (2-1/2 Imperials) 1896 MS61 NGC: Estimate
- George V Specimen 50 Cents
1921 SP64 PCGS: Estimate $100,000+.
- German Colony gold 20 Mark
1895, MS66 NGC: Estimate $30,000+.
- Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) AV
aureus, NGC AU: Estimate $30,000+.
- C. Cassius Longinus,
Imperator and Assassin of Caesar (44-42 BC) AV aureus NGC MS?:
- 1898 Szechuan Brass 1
Dollar (7 Mace and 2 Candareens) Pattern ND MS63 NGC: Estimate
- 1646 Pernambuco 3 Florin
(60 Stuivers) Brazilian Ducat: Estimate $30,000+.
Unique Wass, Molitor $20 discovered,
offered in April
Advanced collectors of Territorial gold coinage will have a
once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire a newly discovered variety —
an entirely unique
example of an 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co. $20 gold piece,
AU53, known as the Large Head Obverse, offered by Heritage
auctions from The Riverboat Collection in the official auction of the
Central States Numismatic Society Convention (CSNS), April
23-25, 2014 in Chicago.
"The 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co. $20 gold with the Large Head
obverse is one of the most elusive issues in the Territorial gold
series," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "This
coin, from the celebrated Riverboat Collection, has recently
been examined by several expert numismatists and some exciting new
findings have come to light."
Until now it was believed that all four surviving examples of this
Large Head variety shared the same obverse and reverse. Careful
study of the images of the Riverboat coin on the Heritage
website by numismatic researcher Wayne Burt indicated otherwise.
Further investigation by Burt, Saul Teichman, Stuart Levine, and
Heritage cataloger David Stone revealed that the Riverboat
specimen features the same Large Head obverse as the K-8 coins, but
the reverse exhibits the design used on the Wass, Molitor Small
Head $20, K-7. Information from bibliophile Dan Hamelberg proved
essential in this research.
The two reverse designs are easy to
differentiate, as the eagle's left (facing) wingtip points to the
"R" in "FRANCISCO" on the K-7 reverse, while the wingtip points to
the "F" on the K-8 reverse. The Riverboat specimen is the
only known example of this newly discovered Territorial gold
"The coin in the Riverboat Collection represents an entirely
different variety from the coin pictured in Donald Kagin's
Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States," said
Rohan, "and the recent study indicates the coin is almost certainly
unique. Ken Bressett informs us that this discovery is under
consideration and is a good candidate for inclusion in the Red
The 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co. $20 pieces were originally
produced to provide much-needed circulating coinage during a period
when the San Francisco Mint found it impossible to produce gold
coins because of a shortage of parting acids.
Both Large and Small Head varieties were struck in large numbers.
The coins were well-received by the public and circulated widely
for a time, but the great majority of the coins were turned in to
the San Francisco Mint and melted when that facility resumed gold
coinage on a large scale. Like most other Territorial gold issues,
the Wass, Molitor twenty dollar pieces were rarely encountered as
early as 1860.
The Riverboat specimen was probably the first Wass, Molitor Large
Head $20 to appear at auction, in a Chapman sale in 1896. It was
definitely the last example to be publicly offered when it appeared
in Stack's Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection in 1984, more than
30 years ago.
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Have you seen our 360 Degree View feature for many of our featured
coins? You can now inspect items from all sides before placing your
For coins, the 360 degree view shows the coin being tilted under a
light. This allows you as a potential buyer to see the bands of
luster on the coin directly; you need no longer rely on still
images. Other collectibles, such as some of the costumes in our
recent Entertainment auction, may rotate the entire item so that
you can see all sides.
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The highest priced lots in the ten earliest auction events in our
A repeat occurrence of one coin has been omitted. All coins sold in
- 1927-S $20 MS65 NGC.
- 1875 $5 AU50 PCGS. Realized
- 1896 $10 PR65 Cameo NGC.
- 1887 $3 PR65 PCGS. Realized
- 1860 $2.50 PR64 Cameo NGC.
- 1895 $1 PR66 NGC. Realized
- 1877 Half Union or Quintuple
Eagle, Judd-1547 (1549), High R.7, PR 62 Gilt. Realized
- 1801 $10 MS64 NGC. Realized
- 1906 $10 PR65 NGC. Realized
- 1860-C $2.50 MS63 NGC.
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CSNS Lot Viewing in
Conjunction with NGC Invitational
Don't miss this special opportunity to view auctions lots from our
upcoming CSNS Signature Auction
#1204. The Signature as well as Platinum Night Session lots
will be available for viewing in conjunction with the NGC Trade
& Grade, held April 14th - 16th, 9:00 AM
- 6:00 PM at our Dallas headquarters at 3500 Maple Ave;
17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219.
Space is limited, so please call Roy Porras at 214-409-1295 or
reserve your seat.
We look forward to seeing you there.
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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
- Asian Art Specialist
- Coin Buyer
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New
- 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
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
- e-Publishing Expert
- Fine Jewelry Cataloger
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- Operations Assistant
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- Web Content Specialist (part-time)
- U.S. Coin Cataloger Needed
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Orson Welles Treasure Trove, Made
Available For Auction, Almost 30 Years After His Death
Beatrice Welles, the daughter of the late great director Orson
Welles — auteur of Citizen Kane, commonly considered the
greatest film ever made — is making a trove of material
related to her famous father, never before offered to the
public, available for auction as part of Heritage Auctions'
In all, there are more than 70 lots of Orson Welles-related
ephemera, film memorabilia, clothing and personal accoutrements,
including script pages and black and white film stills from
Citizen Kane, scripts and still photos from The
Magnificent Ambersons, a pair of personal
scrapbooks relating to War of the Worlds,
Welles' 'Bell & Howard
240' 16mm Movie Camera, circa 1957, mainly used by Welles to
film home movies while living in Spain in the 1950s, his personally-owned and
used Smith-Corona 2200 electric typewriter, circa 1970s,
his personal humidor,
circa 1960s, gifted to him from director Michael Winner, who worked
with Welles on the 1967 film Swinging London, documents from
Welles' famous Mercury Theatre, and a host of other material
related to Welles' legendary career.
For Beatrice Welles, the daughter of the director and actress Paola
Mori, putting the material up for auction represents a chance to
open up the archives for fans of Orson Welles worldwide, giving
them a chance to have something closely related to the great
filmmaker, as well as a chance for her to re-connect with her
"These things were all in trunks in my parent's house and garage
after they both passed away," said Welles. "After they died, I
couldn't stand to look at anything having to do with them — I was
so close to them both. They were everything to me — and much of the
stuff was just sitting on top of these two tables (Orson Welles)
used as a desk. I said to a friend one day, 'I can't look at these
things anymore. I also felt very much, that I was intruding into
their private lives."
That friend gathered the material in the house, went through the
trunks in the garage, and put most of it away.
"All of these things came with me wherever I moved to," said
Welles. "I finally decided to get a storage unit."
That storage unit is where much of the material has lived until
late 2012, when Welles finally went back and started to sort
through it. What emerged is an incredible grouping that reflects
just as much on Welles as a pioneering filmmaker as it does on him
as a man and a father.
"When I finally went and opened the trunk and started looking I
realized that this is a treasure trove that I didn't even know
existed," added Welles. "There were many things in there that I
realized I needed to bring home — private letters, scripts, things
he had from when he was a child, like essays from the ages of 10,
11 and 12. Those things I'm keeping. The rest of it, though, I
realized would mean so much to someone else."
Welles related that her father was not a materialistic man in any
way, and that the fact that this trove exists is truly
"He was so prolific," she said, "always working on four or five
different things at once. He was also a gypsy and he didn't believe
in keeping anything. It's really extraordinary that there is
anything like this that exists."
For collectors of Hollywood history and film memorabilia, there is
already a buzz being generated.
"This is not a chance that is going to come along again anytime
soon," said Margaret Barrett, Heritage's Director of Entertainment
Auctions. "Orson Welles is a Hollywood legend. His work continues
to influence directors, writers and actors of all genres. This is
an opportunity for many film lovers to have a piece of cinema
More information about
Entertainment & Music auctions.
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Heritage is once again, proud to announce
that they are the Official Auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo. Now
in its 50th year, Long Beach has proven time and again to be the
venue to choose when it is time to consign your collection. The
market for numismatics remains solid, proven by the recent ANA
Signature Auction held in Atlanta, GA showing total prices realized
at nearly $15 million.
To consign to Heritage's Signature auction held during the Golden
anniversary of this lauded convention, contact Heritage today to
join in on this momentous event. The June Long Beach coin
consignment deadline is April 22nd. Please call one of our
Consignment Directors at 800-USCOINS (872-6467) ext. 1000 (Coins)
or ext. 1001 (Currency) to begin your consignment experience.
5 - 8 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: April 22, 2014
What's My Coin Worth?
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