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Press Release - January 4, 2007

#1 NGC Registry Set of Bust Half Dollars 1807-1836 Sold for $1,815,000!

DALLAS, TX: A collector has purchased the all-time finest Redbook set of mint state Bust Half Dollars registered with NGC, for $1,815,000 in a private treaty sale announced by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas (www.HA.com). Many of the coins were originally purchased directly from the Eliasberg collection at public auction.

The anonymous collector who purchased the 60 coins was represented by Heritage.
Barry Stuppler of Woodland Hills, California represented the seller, Phil Kaufman, who has also sold several other collections through Heritage's auctions.

According to Heritage Co-Chairman Jim Halperin, who handled the transaction for the firm, "Phil bought most of the nicest coins in the Eliasberg auction in 1997, then spent the next nine years upgrading as many of the coins as he could. And Phil has a great eye! So the coins are just beautiful."

"Assembling this set was an amazing accomplishment," added Greg Rohan, President of Heritage. "I doubt such a set will ever be bettered. Phil should be very proud of his accomplishment, and the new owner is thrilled."

Selected highlights from the collection include:

Below is a complete list of the coins, including a few duplicates, along with NGC grades and PCGS/NGC Census figures (updated May 30, 2006). Photography is available on request.

DATE GRADE VARIETY PEDIGREE CENSUS NGC & HIGHER CENSUS PCGS & HIGHER
1807 MS65 50 over 20   Tie for Finest 1-0-0 2-0-0
1808/7 MS65     Tie for Finest 2-0-0 2-0-0
1809 MS66 Normal Edge   Tie for Finest 2-0-0 3-0-0
1810 MS66   Eliasberg Tie for Finest 2-0-0 0-0-0
1811/10 MS65   Eliasberg 1-0-0 0-1-0
1811 MS66 Small 8   3-0-0 0-1-0
1812/1 MS66 Small 8   Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1812 MS66   Garrett 22-0-0 9-1-0
1813 MS66*     6-1-0 0-0-0
1814/3 MS66     Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1814 MS67     4-1-0 0-0-0
1815/2 MS66     Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1817/3 MS66     Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1817 MS67   Eliasberg Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1817 MS67   Eliasberg Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1818/7 MS66     Tie for Finest 2-0-0 0-0-0
1818 MS67     Tie for Finest 2-0-0 0-0-0
1819/8 MS66   Eliasberg Tie for Finest 5-0-0 1-0-0
1819 MS66   Garrett Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1819 MS66   Garrett Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1820/19 MS66 Square Base 2 Eliasberg Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1820 MS66 Large Date No Knob2   Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1821 MS66     Tie for Finest 6-0-0 1-0-0
1822/1 MS66     Tie for Finest 3-0-0 0-0-0
1822 MS67     Tie for Finest 1-0-0 2-0-0
1823 MS66 Patch 3 Eliasberg Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1823 MS67   Eliasberg Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1824/1 MS66     Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1824/2/0 MS65   Eliasberg 1-1-0 0-0-0
1824/4 MS66   Eliasberg Tie for Finest 2-0-0 0-0-0
1824 MS66     Tie for Finest 2-0-0 4-1-1
1825 MS66     8-3-0 0-0-0
1826 MS67     Tie for Finest 5-0-0 2-0-0
1827/6 MS67   Eliasberg Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1827 MS67 Square 2   Tie for Finest 1-0-0 1-0-0
1828 MS66 Curl 2 no Knob Eliasberg Tie for Finest 1-0-0 1-0-0
1829/7 MS66     Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1829/7 MS66     Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1829 MS66 Small Letters Eliasberg Tie for Finest 4-0-0 1-0-0
1830 MS67 Small O Eliasberg Tie for Finest 2-0-0 1-0-0
1830 MS67 Small O Eliasberg Tie for Finest 2-0-0 1-0-0
1831 MS67   Eliasberg Tie for Finest 2-0-0 0-0-0
1832 MS66   Eliasberg 7-4-0 3-1-0
1833 MS67     3-1-0 2-1-0
1834 MS67 Small date/letters Eliasberg Finest Known 1-0-0 0-0-0
1835 MS67*   Eliasberg Tie for Finest 1-0-0 1-0-0
1836 MS66 Lt Edge   5-1-0 3-0-0
EXTRAS
1808/7 MS64   Eliasberg    
1808 MS66   Eliasberg    
1809 MS64 III Eliasberg    
1809 MS62 III      
1813 MS64 UNI Eliasberg    
1821 MS66   Eliasberg    
1822 MS64   Eliasberg    
1822/1 MS64   Eliasberg    
1824/1 MS64   Eliasberg    
1826 MS66   Eliasberg    
1827 MS65 Curl 2 Eliasberg    
1828 MS66 Knob/Curl 2      
1828 MS66 Sm8-Lg Let Eliasberg    
1832 MS66   Eliasberg    
1833 MS66   Eliasberg    
1833 MS67   Eliasberg    

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