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March 3, 2006
This Week In Coin & Currency News
The Duke's Creek Collection at ANA
Great Numismatic Rarities in Private Sale
Website tips: A New Heritage Website
Numismatic Glossary
Help Wanted: Numismatist
Heritage Offers Huge Discounts on NumisMedia Guides
Around Heritage Auctions
Coin Club Outreach Program
Instant Quiz: Test your numismatic knowledge
Is It Time To Sell? 2006 April (CSNS) Columbus, Ohio Signature Auction
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Collector News
The Duke's Creek Collection at ANA

Heritage is proud to present, as an anchor of our upcoming 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction, the fabulous Duke's Creek Collection of Dahlonega Gold.

Consisting almost entirely of mint state pieces from this popular Southern mint, the Duke's Creek collection offers complete sets of Dahlonega mint gold dollars and quarter eagles. The quality evidenced in this collection is tremendous. Many of these coins are unsurpassed in grade at either major grading service, and a number of the pieces stand alone as the finest known. No fewer than five of these coins grade as full Gems, including an 1858-D Dollar which grades an incredible MS66, and 1847-D and 1851-D Quarter Eagles both of which grade MS65 — and which account for exactly half of the known Gem Dahlonega Quarter Eagles.

Southern gold coins are in demand not only from numismatists who collect by date and mintmark, but by type collectors, many of whom like to put together type collections by mint. Coins such as the 1855-D Gold Dollar, 1839-D Quarter Eagle, and 1854-D Three Dollar, which are the only Dahlonega mint coins of their respective types, are especially popular and desirable to a wide variety of numismatists. The quality of these coins in the Duke's Creek Collection gives collectors seeking the finest possible quality in these coins an opportunity that they will likely not run across again. The 1855-D Dollar, ex: Harry Bass, is one of a mere four to have received the MS64 grade from a major grading service, with none finer. The 1839-D Quarter Eagle boasts the same near-Gem grade, equalled by only two other pieces, and excelled by none. And the 1854-D Princess is not only one of a mere dozen of the date to receive any Mint State grade from one of the major services, but one of only two to reach the MS62 level, and is unsurpassed by any other coin of the date.

Highlights of this collection include:

This collection, along with many other great coins, will be offered in Atlanta on April 7-9, as part of the official auction of the American Numismatic Association?s 2006 National Money Show. Bidding through will open very soon!

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Great Numismatic Rarities in Private Sale

A private collector, who is building one of the finest type sets of United States coins ever assembled, purchased two important numismatic rarities recently for over $5 million. The two coins were a 1907 Ultra High Relief $20 Lettered Edge, PR69 PCGS, and a 1796 No Stars Quarter Eagle, MS65 PCGS.

The two coins are the finest graded by either of the two major services (NGC and PCGS), the Ultra High Relief being the only PR69 and the 1796 No Stars quarter eagle the only MS65. Heritage Auction Galleries sold the coins for $3,350,000 and $1,725,000, respectively.

Interestingly, both coins had been sold at auction just last year. The Ultra High had realized $2.99 million in Heritage's November 2005 Signature auction, and the 1796 $2.50 had sold in American Numismatic Rarities' July, 2005 New York auction for $1,380,000. And Jim Halperin, bidding for Heritage, had underbid the second coin at $1,322,500. We sold both coins to our client on behalf of their two purchasers.

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Website Tips: A New Heritage Website

If you've visited this week, you have undoubtedly noticed a change in the website. Much like the other Heritage Auctions websites, the coin home page now gives you the opportunity to immediately browse all of our available items by type, simply by looking at the home page. Just click on the appropriate link on the right side of the page, and you will go directly to a listing of all coins of the type.

Other changes include a more prominent role for MyHeritage, on the left side of the page. Click on MyHeritage Summary in order to go directly to the summary page, or click on any of the other MyHeritage features in order to use the members-only features that you have become accustomed to. Of course, from every page on the site, you can always click directly onto MyHeritage, near the top of the page.

You may have noticed that Currency is no longer part of, and this is because we decided that Currency more than merited its own site! But fear not — we're still offering the great selection of material that you've become accustomed to, and the site is easy to find. You can find currency at, or by clicking on the Currency link at the top of any Heritage website, or by clicking on the "Looking for Currency" link near the top of the coin home page, or by clicking on the "Rare Currency" icon at the left side of the coin home page.

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Numismatic Glossary:

Siege Money: Money coined or created for use in a city or castle otherwise cut off from the outside world by a military siege. Siege money was created out of any available material, and is highly collectible today.

Laureate: Wearing a laurel wreath. Roman emperors and many other subjects were depicted laureate on their coins.

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Help Wanted: Numismatist

Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas is seeking a talented numismatist for our sales department. Duties include assisting dealers and collectors and auction consignors in person and by telephone, evaluating prospective purchases, in Dallas and shows and conventions. Salary commensurate with numismatic skills and sales experience.

Please contact Paul Minshull at with your background and experience.

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Heritage Offers Huge Discounts on NumisMedia Guides

As a valued Heritage client, we wanted to let you know about the special discounts we have negotiated with NumisMedia for you. We believe you'll find these guides to be an indispensable coin-pricing resource. Heritage, along with many other numismatic insiders, consider NumisMedia to be the most accurate rare coin pricing source available anywhere.

NumisMedia Online Dealer Price Guides - Market, PCGS, and NGC Prices:
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NumisMedia presents NGC and PCGS Dealer Wholesale Prices representing dealer bid prices, and is available to dealers. In subscribing to the NGC/PCGS Wholesale Prices, you will also have access to the NumisMedia Market Prices, dealer to dealer trading prices based on sight-seen trades from activity throughout the country.

Bonus: In addition, subscribers to the Online Dealer Price Guides will receive a copy of the Fair Market Value Price Guide each month and gain access to the Online Fair Market Value Price Guide. This is an additional $96/year value.

NumisMedia Monthly FMV Price Guide:
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The NumisMedia FMV Price Guide is a monthly publication with concise listings of the most recent Fair Market Value prices for coins offered by dealers in the numismatic community. The Fair Market Value prices listed represent accurately graded, sight-seen coins that are accepted by a majority of the dealers across the country.

There are over 40 pages of VF through MS67 listings in the following categories: Flying Eagle Cents, Indian Cents & Lincoln Cents (1909-1933) Brown, Red & Brown, and Red; Buffalo Nickels; Barber Dimes, Quarters, & Halves; Mercury Dimes (incl. Full-Bands); Walking Liberty Halves; Morgan & Peace Dollars; $1 Gold through $20 Gold; & Gold & Silver Commemoratives. The balance of U.S. coinage is available in our online price guide with your paid subscription.

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Around Heritage Auctions

An incredible collection of Lincolniana, manuscripts, autographs, rare books, and Americana was presented by Heritage Auction Galleries, February 21 & 22 in Dallas. Anchored by the Henry Luhrs & Lincoln Library Collection, the auction realized $3,211,407 (with the total still rising due to after-auction sales). Heritage conducted the main auction in Dallas, with a very active simulcast in New York City.

This spectacular event was remarkable for the wide range of material included, and was particularly strong in material from Lincoln and early America. According to Tom Slater, Heritage's Americana Director, "The Luhrs Collection was one of the most significant and extensive to be auctioned in years, and the largest such event that Heritage has held in this important collecting specialty."

"Henry Luhrs," continued Slater, "was a 'Collector's collector,' a man of sophisticated and varied tastes whose collection was eclectic and wide-ranging, and most impressive in autographs of American Presidents and historical figures. Collectors seeking 'fresh' material were ecstatic, as every item had been off the market for at least forty years - and some for eighty years, as Mr. Luhrs collected from the 1930s to 1960."

"The response to this auction has been even stronger than we had hoped," concluded Slater. "Some 2500 individuals who were not previously Heritage clients requested catalogs, and the auction produced 125 first-time bidders who spent $1000 or more! Such numbers are unprecedented in our business, and shows what can happen when great, fresh material is presented effectively and well publicized. Much of the material in the Luhrs collection was highly specialized. Our researchers made exhaustive efforts to highlight the important, historic nature of many of these items, and the bidders responded with prices which were often multiples of pre-sale estimates."

The most valuable lot in the auction was a very important document for both Lincoln and Civil War collectors. Lot 25033 was a significant autograph letter signed by President-elect Abraham Lincoln and written to Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, advising him to address the growing secession crisis in his inaugural speech. The "Confidential" Springfield, Illinois letter of December 21, 1860 advises Curtin "to express, without passion, threat, or appearance of boasting, but nevertheless, with firmness, the purpose of yourself and your state to maintain the Union at all hazards." Estimated at $80,000-$120,000, the lot realized $131,450.

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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 was the highest mintage Walking Liberty Half Dollar?

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


Last week's questions:

1. Which of the following colonial coins is slated to be reproduced in part on an upcoming 2006 Benjamin Franklin Commemorative Dollar?
Correct Answer: Continental Currency Dollar (66%).

2. What was the date of the first US Coin to commemorate a Winter Olympic Games?
Correct Answer: 2002 (16%).

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Is It Time To Sell?

Discover Columbus!

Heritage Auction Galleries will once again be presenting the official coin and currency auctions at this year's Central States Numismatic Society Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Central States is one of America's leading regional coin clubs, and Heritage has been presenting their official auctions since 1993. Tens of thousands of numismatists have participated in our successful CSNS auctions, and this year will be bigger and better than ever. The world's most active coin and currency buyers - collectors, dealers, and agents - will be joining us in Columbus this April, supported by tens of thousands of Internet bids.

You can sell your coins and currency alongside such treasures as the Jim O'Neal Collection of National Gold Bank Notes and the fabulous 1792 Specimen Half Dime! The deadline for consigning to these important auctions are March 17 for Currency and March 24 for coins. The earliest consignments get the most pre-sale publicity, so call our Consignor Hotline at 1-800-872-6467, extension 222, today!

2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction
Sale on April 26 to April 29, 2006
Consignment Deadline: March 16, 2006

2006 April (CSNS) (CAA) Signature Auction
Sale on April 27 to April 29, 2006
Consignment Deadline: March 8, 2006

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

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