July 8, 2005
This Week In Coin & Currency News
A Fabulous Collection of Walkers
Results From the Big Apple
Seldom Seen Selections: A Piece of Gold Dated 1933
Website tips: A Quick Way to Track
Numismatic Glossary
Coin Club Outreach Program
Instant Quiz: Test your numismatic knowledge
Is It Time To Sell? 2005 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auctions
Current Auctions: 2005 San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction, Exclusively Internet Auction, Continuous Internet Auction, Internet Currency Auction, Amazing Sports Auction, Internet Movie Poster Auction, Amazing Comics Auction
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Collector News
A Fabulous Collection of Walkers

To open off Platinum Night in our San Francisco ANA Signature Auction, we could think of nothing better than the Robert Moreno Collection, a fabulous collection of Walking Liberty Half Dollars ranked #1 in the NGC Registry and the winner of the Best in Category and Best Classic Set in the 2004 NGC Registry. Platinum Night, to take place on the evening of July 28, represents the finest coins available in our Signature Auction, and this collection is chock-full of these coins, containing many finest known pieces.

Robert Moreno began collecting coins and stamps at the age of seven - young by any standards - under the tutelage of his philatelist grandfather. A dedicated collector, Mr. Moreno concentrated on completing high quality sets of the coins that he grew up with, especially Buffalo nickels and Standing Liberty quarters. He pursued only NGC and PCGS-certified coins that were premium quality for their assigned grade. In addition to his own experienced eye for both technical and aesthetic qualities, Mr. Moreno had the assistance of ANA Governor Barry Stuppler as his exclusive advisor. Specialists in this popular series will appreciate the uniform quality crossing the auction block.

Mr. Moreno has also been a serious student of Buffalo nickels, Standing Liberty quarters, and Peace dollars. His search for quality is exemplified by his Peace dollar proofs: four out of five are the "Finest Known" examples. Mr. Moreno's fervor for coin collecting continues, as does his appreciation for the quality and beauty of the coins. What a numismatic achievement! After half a century of collecting, Mr. Moreno feels strongly that collectors seeking to assemble world-class collections benefit tremendously from the advice of a recognized expert. While relying upon the grading expertise of NGC and PCGS, Mr. Moreno always sought the highest quality example of that grade that he could find. His diligence has been rewarded.

Among the many highlights from the Robert Moreno Collection are:

This collection and the rest of the San Francisco ANA Signature Auction are open for bidding now at HeritageCoins.com.

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Results From the Big Apple
Our annual New York City Signature Auction, held June 29-30 at the Grand Hyatt, realized nearly $4.8 million, making 583 successful bidders very happy. Adding results from the 365 successful bidders who won over $400,000 at the NYC Bullet Auction (which closed Monday evening) brings the total to over $5.2 million, before adding additional sales from our Post-Auction Buys. Combined, a total of 2,984 bidders participated in the NYC auctions.

New York has always been very good to us, and we're always pleased with the enthusiasm of the Big Apple bidders. Our important anchor consignments - the Stig Ericsson and Empire State Collections - performed very well in this auction. We note continued demand for coins of the highest quality, and rarity is definitely a key factor in the purchase decision. This dual hunt for quality and rarity bodes well for our upcoming 2005 San Francisco ANA Signature Auction.

Highlights from the New York City Signature Auction include:

Images, descriptions, and prices realized from the NYC Signature Auction and all previous auctions are available in the Permanent Auction Archives at the Heritage website, www.HeritageCoins.com

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Seldom Seen Selections: A Piece of Gold Dated 1933

As a part of our upcoming ANA Signature Auction, Heritage is pleased to present an ingot from the United States Assay Office, New York, dated 1933. This ingot, 20.11 ounces of 999.8 fine gold, represents perhaps the best chance people with budgets below six figures have to own gold bearing the date of such a pivotal year in the history of gold in the United States.

The United States Assay Office at New York began operations in 1854, after being established by a Congressional Act of March 3, 1853. Operations continued until the end of 1982 when remaining gold was transferred to the depository at West Point. They produced gold and silver ingots, those of gold consisting of smaller ingots to supply the arts and sciences, and larger ingots for export purposes. Even today, after distribution of a hoard of 18 such ingots, these are seldom seen. Only about 24 or 25 gold ingots from the New York Assay Office are known today.

This ingot is not only important as a representative of the few surviving gold bars, but is even more significant as it is dated 1933! That was the year that President Roosevelt signed the order preventing private ownership of gold. It was only a day after his inauguration that Roosevelt met with Congress in an emergency session. Congress quickly passed "An Act to Provide Relief in the Existing National Emergency in Banking, and For Other Purposes." This law, and Presidential Order 6260, which Roosevelt signed on August 28, 1933, made it illegal for United States Citizens to possess gold in any form, except as a collectible.

The receipt number and lot number are both illegible, having been heavily filed, as on at least two of the ingots currently known. Minor signs of handling are noted, including light wear on the round Assay Office logo.

This lot is open for bidding now at HeritageCoins.com.

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Website tips: A Quick Way to Track

Ever get the new Heritage catalog, go through it, find the items that interest you, decide to track them and find that actually finding and tracking all the lots on the website takes forever? We have a solution for you. All Heritage sites now offer a lightning-fast way to track items that interest you, by simply typing in the lot number.

To find this feature, simply go to the home page of the auction that contains the lots that you wish to track. For any Heritage Coin auction, the easiest way to do this is to click on the picture of the auction's catalog on the home page. Once there, scroll down until you see this box:

To track lots, enter the lot number of the item that interests you in the text box, one per line. Then click "Submit".

You will immediately be taken to the MyTrackedLots page, where you can see all lots you have tracked from this auction and any other auctions from the current portal. The page will tell you which lots were successfully tracked from your request. Invalid lot numbers will not be tracked.

This method is ideal for use in any Heritage auction for which you have a catalog in hand. For auctions without catalogs, such as our weekly Exclusively Internet Auctions and Continuous Internet Auctions, or if you do not know the numbers of the lots you wish to track, you should probably track your lots the traditional way, as you find them from the search page or as you inspect the lots on their individual pages. Please note also that lots on which you have placed a bid will show up in MyBids, rather than MyTrackedLots.

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Numismatic Glossary:

Piedfort: A coin struck with normal dies on an extra thick planchet. Not generally associated with US coinage, but occurs with world coinage with some regularity; in fact, some world commemoratives are more commonly found as piedforts than on normal planchets.

Princess: A nickname for the head design used on the Type 3 Gold Dollar and the Three Dollar Gold Piece. Also sometimes used as slang for a Three Dollar Gold Piece

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Coin Club Outreach Program

In a move to help strengthen the coin hobby and increase membership in America's coin clubs, Heritage has created the Coin Club Outreach program.

The Coin Club Outreach program features a speaker's bureau to deliver presentations at coin club meetings, promotional items to be offered to clubs to help generate revenue and enlist new members, and access to the Heritage website and mailing list of over 100,000 active coin and currency enthusiasts. Anyone interested in scheduling a speaker for a coin club or other collector group is invited to contact:

David Lisot, Director
Heritage Coin Club Outreach
1-800-872-6467 ext. 303

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Heritage Interactive
Instant Quiz

NEW: Instant quizzes and polls twice a week at www.heritagecoins.com!

Answer these quick questions and see how you stack up against your peers.

1. Which of the following had the highest mintage?
       1964 Half Dollar
       1967 Half Dollar
       1971-D Half Dollar
       1976-D Half Dollar
       The entire Barber Half Dollar series

2. What is the date of the coin pictured in this Pan and Zoom closeup?


Last week's questions:

1. Why were there no Charlotte Mint coins dated 1845?
Correct Answer: A fire at the mint (48%).

2. What is the denomination of the coin pictured in this Pan and Zoom close-up?

Correct Answer: Twenty Dollars (36%). The image is of the initials of the designer, James B. Longacre, which appear on the truncation of the neck. Most other Longacre-designed coins bear only his initial 'L'.

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Is It Time To Sell?

The Beach is Long, and the Time is Right

As official auctioneer of the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo, we've been proud to sell over $30 million in great coins already this year. Rarities such as an uncirculated 1794 Dollar, a 1838-O Half Dollar, and the finest known British 1643 Charles I Triple Unite have made headlines throughout the numismatic world.

Now, once again in September, Heritage is proud to bring more great US coins, World Coins, and Currency to our finest customers through the proven venue of the Long Beach show. We are thrilled to have outstanding collections of Colonial coinage, Half Dimes, Washington Quarters, and Illinois Nationals, as well as numismatic Washingtonia, already consigned to these auctions. If you have material to sell, give us a call and take this opportunity to participate in these auctions. The time is right!

Where else can you reach a base of over 150,000 registered Internet bidders from all over the world, as well as an appreciative audience of collectors and dealers on site at the show - in the midst of one of the hottest numismatic markets we've ever seen? Contact us today, and find out how we can help you get the most from your material.

The consignment deadlines are August 4 for Currency and World Coins, and August 11 for US Coins. Call us today to ensure that you can take full advantage of this opportunity!

2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction
Sale on September 21 to September 24, 2005
Consignment Deadline: August 11, 2005

2005 September (CAA) Long Beach Signature Auction
Sale on September 23 to September 24, 2005
Consignment Deadline: August 4, 2005

2005 (HWCA) Long Beach Signature Auction
Sale on September 21 to September 24, 2005
Consignment Deadline: August 4, 2005

Leo Frese
Director of Consignments
1-800-US-COINS ext. 222 (24 hour voice mail)

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Auction: 2005 San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382
Auction Dates: July 27-29, 2005
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