September 30, 2005
This Week In Coin & Currency News
Over $23 Million in Long Beach Auctions!
New: Currency For Immediate Sale
Monthly Fine Art Auctions Debut!
Website tips: Buy It Now!
Numismatic Glossary
Help Wanted: Internet Sales
Coin Club Outreach Program
Instant Quiz: Test your numismatic knowledge
Is It Time To Sell? 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction
Current Auctions: Exclusively Internet Auction, Continuous Internet Auction, Internet Currency Auction, Fine Art Monthly Auction, Amazing Sports Auction, Internet Movie Poster Auction, Amazing Comics Auction
Weekly Specials: Don't miss out on a great deal


New: Currency For Immediate Sale is pleased to introduce currency for immediate purchase! Now, you can purchase the note you want directly from Heritage's extensive inventory without having to compete against other potential buyers and without having to wait up to half a month to find out if you have been successful.

Just search normally within Heritage's currency offerings from our home page for the note you want, add it to your cart, then follow the instructions to buy the note immediately. Happy hunting!

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Collector News
Over $23 Million in Long Beach Auctions!

Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc., (HNAI) held our most recent series of Signature Auctions September 21-24, 2005 as the Official Auctioneer of the Long Beach Coin Expo. Four auctions brought in a grand total of over $23.5 million, smashing our record for the most successful series of Long Beach auctions ever.

US coins by themselves brought in well over $14 million, led by a 1916 Doubled Die Nickel, PCGS graded MS64, which brought $264,500, setting a world record price for a Buffalo nickel at auction. The currency auction was exceptionally strong, bringing in nearly $7 million thanks to strong bidder participation and a wide variety of excellent material which included high denomination notes, outstanding type notes, and extremely rare National Bank Notes. World coins, featuring the tremendously popular and rare 1930 Australian Penny, brought consignors over $1.2 million. In addition, our Online Session, featuring lot viewing at Long Beach and bidding over the Internet, raised an additional $1.2 million.

Long Beach has always been very good to us, and this Expo was no exception, far surpassing the previous record of $18.5 million in coins auctioned in February, 2005. In this incredibly hot numismatic market, each auction is another cause for celebration, and with the great success of this event, we are very much looking forward to our next auction, November 3-5, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida.

Highlights from all three auctions include:

Heritage Numismatic Auctions (#384)

Heritage World Coin Auctions (#387)

Heritage Currency Auctions of America (#386)

Images, descriptions, and prices realized from all three Long Beach Signature Auctions, as well as all previous Heritage auctions, are available in the Permanent Auction Archives at the Heritage website.

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Monthly Fine Art Auctions Debut!

Heritage Galleries and Auctioneers (HGA) has announced the debut of Fine Art Monthlies (FAM), Internet-Only auctions that will feature Paintings, Drawings, Silver, Pottery, Holloware, Art Glass and Antiques.

Heritage has been aggressively expanding into the areas of Fine and Decorative Art over the last few years, and this latest venue is a natural outgrowth of that expansion. Our clients have been asking us for more and more material, and naturally we are happy to oblige.

Each FAM auction will open on the last Monday of the month, and close on the last Sunday of the following month.

The first FAM auction, #75101, is already open on-line at, and offers over 150 lots, including:

Art Nouveau Clock
Rene Lalique, c.1920

C. Avard: Village Street Scene
7.5in. x 8.5in.
Signed lower right

Two French Glass Bookends
Lalique, Twentieth Century

Birger Sandzen (American, 1871-1954)
River Nocturn
Wood print
8in. x 6.5in.
Signed and titled lower margin: Birger Sandzen River Nocturn

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Website Tips: Buy It Now!

While Heritage is best known these days as an auction house, we also carry an inventory of items available for immediate sale for those people who are not interested in waiting or competing for the piece they want for their collections. We have long offered coins directly from inventory, and for the last month or two we have added currency as well.

You can search for items available for immediate sale from the Heritage home page. You'll notice in the above screenshot that there are options to search from Auctions or Buy Now; click on the checked "Auctions" checkbox to unselect it. Then, if you wish to search through only coins or only currency, click on the radio button for "Coins Only" or "Currency Only". If you want to search through both coins and currency, don't click either selection. Enter any keyword you might wish to use to search for a particular item, then click on "Search Now".

Once you find something you like, click on its short description to go to its more detailed web page, very much like the page used for placing bids in auctions. Here, rather than an area to place a bid, you will see a set price for the item in the upper left hand corner. Look over the item, and if you wish to purchase it, click on the "Add to Cart" icon on the upper right side of the page.

This will not only add the item you've selected to your cart, it will take you to the MyCart page. From here, you can buy the item immediately, remove the item you chose from your shopping cart, or go back to the home page (or your search page if you use the back button on your browser) to continue shopping. If you choose to leave the MyCart page for any reason, you can return by clicking on the MyCart link from the home page or on the similar link which appears any time you run your mouse over the MyHeritage tab at the top of any Heritage web page. Once you have chosen everything you wish to buy, click "Checkout>>"

This will take you to a page which allows you to pay for the item. Generally, Heritage accepts credit cards, checks, money orders, and bank wires for these purchases. At this time we do not accept PayPal for inventory purchases.

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Numismatic Glossary:

Relief: (1) The difference in elevation between the raised areas of a coin and the fields. A coin with devices much higher than the fields is in high relief; one with very low devices is in low relief. High relief coins tend to be very popular and often quite beautiful, but somewhat impractical from a production point of view.
(2) The feeling a bidder has when he learns that he has won a coin in an online auction.

Web Note: A one dollar note produced by the experimental Web-fed press between 1992 and 1995. The idea was to be able to print both sides of the note at the same time; however, difficulties in production caused the cessation of production of these notes. Web notes were made in series 1988A, 1993, and 1995, and can be distinguished by the small back check number located to the right of the word TRUST on the reverse instead of near the E in ONE on ordinary notes. These notes usually bring a premium above ordinary notes of the same series, and some, most notably Series 1988A notes issued by the New York Federal Reserve Bank (serial number beginning with B), and star notes of the same series issued by the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank (serial number beginning with F and ending with a star), can be quite valuable.

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Help Wanted: Internet Sales

Heritage is looking for someone to help us with Internet coin sales. If you have computer and Internet skills, and know coins, please contact This is a Dallas-based position.

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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 150,000 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!

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

1. What is the traditional mintmark for coins manufactured at the Paris Mint?
       A cornucopia
       A rooster

2. What was the longest-running US Commemorative coin issue?
       Booker T. Washington
       Oregon Trail

Last week's questions:

1. Which of the following Territorial Gold issuers did not make $50 pieces?
Correct Answer: Baldwin & Co. (36%). They manufactured $5, $10, and $20 pieces only.

2. What is the denomination of the coin pictured in the Pan and Zoom closeup below?

Correct Answer: Half Dollar (32%). This is the Olympic logo as pictured on the 1995 Olympic Half Dollars; reverses of other denominations and dates of the Atlanta Olympic commemorative series were different.

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Is It Time To Sell?

A FUN Week in January

In 2005, Heritage made numismatic history with our FUN Signature Auctions, selling over $60 million worth of coins in one week? and over $30 million in one night.

In 2006, we're out to do even better.

As the traditional opening of the numismatic year, the Florida United Numismatists annual convention attracts dealers and collectors from all over the country. Auctions abound. But while most auctions are held before the convention, only one auction house holds the official auction of the FUN show: Heritage.

As official auctioneers, Heritage brings your coins to the biggest variety of dealers and collectors in Orlando for the show. Not to mention the over 155,000 registered Internet bidders just waiting for the chance to bid on the right material. Yours.

Take advantage of this unparalleled venue by consigning your coins and currency today! Get the widest possible exposure, the biggest selection of bidders, and the best results! Call our consignment hotline at 1-800-US-COINS, x222, and reserve your spot in an event that will undoubtedly make numismatic history once again!

2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction
Sale on January 3 to January 7, 2006
Consignment Deadline: November 24, 2005

2006 January (CAA) Orlando, FL Signature Auction
Sale on January 6 to January 7, 2006
Consignment Deadline: November 19, 2005

2006 January (HWCA) New York Signature Auction
Sale on January 8 to January 9, 2006
Consignment Deadline: November 18, 2005

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

Interested in Selling?
What's My Coin Worth?
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Current Auctions


Rare Coins
Closes Tue. Oct. 4
at 10:00 PM
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Rare Coins
Closes Sun. Oct. 2
from noon to 10:00 PM
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Rare Currency
Closes Sat. Oct. 15
at 10:00 PM
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Paintings, Silver, Art Glass and Antiques and more...
Closes Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 10:00 PM
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Sports cards, autographs, collectibles, and more...
Closes Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 10:00 PM
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Movie posters, lobby cards and more...
Closes Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 10:00 PM
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Comics, comic art and more...
Closes Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 10:00 PM
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