Press Release - January 21, 2004

Heritage World Coin Auctions approaches prices realized of $1 million in 2004 FUN Signature Sale

Dallas, Texas: Heritage, the official auctioneer of the 2004 Florida United Numismatists convention, realized a record $30,369,147 in actual sales between January 7 and 12 for its World, Currency, and U.S. Signature and Bullet Sales held in Orlando, Florida. The FUN Heritage World Coin Auction achieved $941,894 in sales with a spectacular sell-thru rate of 98%.

HWCA Director Warren Tucker commented, “The highlight of the sale was a beautifully preserved 1873 Republic of Costa Rica 20 Pesos. It is one of the finest known examples of this very rare Latin American gold issue. Estimated between $14,000 and $17,000, it was hammered down for $27,000. Another important piece was the Crete 1901 Prince George 2 Drachmai, which was estimated from $1,600 to $2,000 but brought $7,475.”

“The Ancients session also had impressive pieces,” Tucker continued. “A Roman Empire AV gold aureus of Uranius Antoninus was bid to $10,350. A bare-headed aureus of Augustus realized $3,565.”

Featured consignors for the 2004 HWCA FUN Sale included The Dr. Irving Arenberg Collection, Part 2, and The Morris Geiger Collection, Part 3.

Prices realized for all lots in the 2004 HWCA FUN Signature Sale are posted online at www.HeritageCoin.com. Membership at that site is free, and, among numerous benefits, includes access to Heritage’s Permanent Auction Archives-a complete listing of prices realized, descriptions, and images for all Heritage Signature Sales, Bullet Auctions, and Exclusively InternetTM Auctions from 1993-date, as well as all Heritage-CAA Signature Sales and CurrencyAuction.comTM online auctions.

Highlights from the 2004 HWCA FUN Signature Sale:

Images, descriptions, and prices realized are available in the Permanent Auction Archives at the Heritage website, www.HeritageCoin.com.

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