Mark Feld joins Heritage Auctions
Heritage Auctions has announced that well-respected numismatist
and industry veteran Mark Feld has joined the company as a Senior
Numismatist and Consignment Director, operating out of the
company's Dallas headquarters.
"Numismatics must run in my blood," said Feld. "Numismatic
pioneer B. Max Mehl was my grandmother's uncle and, in addition to
collecting coins as a child, I've been involved in the rare coin
industry on a full-time basis since 1979."
"If the chance comes along to hire talent like Mark, then
Heritage, as a company, is going to take that opportunity in a
second," said Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President of Heritage
Auctions. "Mark has long been familiar to all of us at Heritage,
and, when everything lined up just right to have him join the fold,
there was no hesitation. We are sure his experience and great
reputation will lend itself superbly to the model we've
For more than three decades Feld has been an active and
important presence in the rare coin business, working for Steve Ivy
Rare Coins, Heritage Rare Coin Galleries (and early incarnation of
Heritage Auctions), David Hall, Mark Salzberg, NGC, Pinnacle
Rarities and as owner of his own numismatic business, Mark Feld
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Canadian Youth Wins Heritage's Third Young
Numismatist Essay Contest
Young Winners from Heritage's third quarterly essay contest have
been announced. Justin Bowen, age 15, and now from Ontario won the
$750 First Prize with his essay: Gift From the Canadian
Army. Justin will also receive dues for his local coin club and
an ANA YN membership.
Heritage established the contest in 2012 to encourage young
numismatists and budding authors. Winning essays from all contests
can be read at HA.com/YNessay. Contest rules can also be found
there. Essays are currently being accepted for future awards.
"We continue to receive exceptional contributions from young
numismatists in the United States and Canada" enthused judge Bob
Korver. Since we have not limited the contest geographically, we
would be pleased to see other countries represented in the future.
In many ways, Justin's winning essay is very international in
flavor. Living in Calgary, he was visiting England to renew
acquaintance with his birth country prior to moving back. There he
enjoyed a brief numismatic encounter with Canadian soldiers, and he
wrote his story Gift From the Canadian Army from Ontario
after the family relocation plans changed. What are we to make of
such challenging geography? Numismatics is where you find it, you
can take it with you, and you can use it to make new friends. I
suspect he may have given the greater gift to the soldiers in this
chance encounter. I invite readers to enjoy his story at HA.com/YNessay. His essay will also be printed
and distributed with every numismatic shipment sent by Heritage for
the next three months, so tens of thousands of collectors will have
the opportunity to read it! And we have already received our first
request for reprinting in a state club journal."
"From the excellent group of entries," added contest judge
Stewart Huckaby, "we also selected three Honorable Mention winners
who will each receive $50 plus an ANA YN membership. All prior
submissions and Honorable mention winners are also eligible for
future contests. I was especially impressed with The Numismatic
Spark by 11 year-oldWilliam Blythe of Kentucky, as it was a
personal reminder of discovering the wonders of collecting as a
Added fellow contest judge John Dale Beety, "Holding
Brutus by Jacob Lichtblau of New Jersey (age 17) is worthy
reading for anyone who hasn't collected ancient coins — and he will
find an appreciative audience among all those who do! Jacob reminds
us that coins make excellent storytellers. Budding 8 year-old
collector Adriana Tsang of Massachusetts, who was also an Honorary
Mention winner in our first contest, provides the roots of her
collecting interest in Collecting Coins, and tentative
decisions about the many ways to collect coins."
Concluded Korver: "I am very impressed by all of the essays
submitted thus far — they speak well of the future of the hobby. Or
they will if these youngsters are encouraged to grow through
the efforts of their elders. Positive actions, both by individuals
and clubs, can mean so much to developing a passion for
numismatics. I am appreciative of Heritage's sponsorship of this
important effort. We solicit your help by making young collectors
aware of this contest at HA.com/YNessay."
Essays should be emailed to Korver@HA.com, or mailed to:
Bob Korver (YN Essay Contest)
3500 Maple Ave.
Dallas TX 75219
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Website Tips: Date Ranges
Have you ever wanted to search for US coins in a particular date
range — for instance, the short set of Walking Liberty Half Dollars
(1941-47) or Type 2 Double Eagles (1866-76)? Now you can!
To search for a date range, go to the Refine Search area on the
left side of the Heritage search results for coins. Look for "US
Coin Year". Enter the date range you want to search for, click
search, and you will see only coins from the date range you
selected! To do a search for all coins after a date, put the
earliest date of the range you want into the box, and to search for
all coins before a certain date, just put the range end date into
the second box.
Search for date range is not available for world coins at this
time. We will be adding this feature for more of our categories as
we get the chance.
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This Week's Top Ten
The eleven highest-valued Spanish and Spanish Colonial 8 escudos
coins to sell in Heritage auctions:
- Guatemala: Carlos III gold 8 Escudos 1768-G, KM31, Cal.
666, AU. Realized $103,500
- Chile. Carlos III 8 Escudos 1775 DA. Santiago mint. EB
in oval for Ephraim Brasher. KM27. VF Details. Realized
- Mexico: Philip V Portrait gold 8 Escudos 1733-Mo F,
KM148 (listed as rare), Cayon-10030, Calico-422, MS64 NGC.
- Mexico: Ferdinand VII gold 8 Escudos 1813-MR
Guadalajara, KM162, Calico 1202, AU55 NGC. Realized
- Mexico: Felipe V Portrait gold 8 Escudos 1733Mo-F,
KM148, Cayon-10030, Calico-422, MS64 NGC. Realized $44,562
- Mexico: Ferdinand VII gold 8 Escudos 1813Ga-MR, KM162,
Calico 1202, Choice AU. Realized $43,125
- Guatemala: Ferdinand VI gold 8 Escudos 1754G-J, KM7,
Calico 551, XF45 NGC. Realized $37,375
- Mexico: Ferdinand VI gold 8 Escudos 1747Mo-MF, KM148,
Calico 596. Realized $32,200
- Mexico: Felipe V gold 8 Escudos 1743-Mo MF, KM148, MS62
NGC. Realized $32,200
- Mexico: Philip V gold cob 8 Escudos 1715-Mo J,
Cayon-9950, MS64 NGC. Realized $32,200
- Spain: Carlos III (1759-88) gold 8 Escudos 1772-S CF,
KM409.2, Cayon-12836, MS64 NGC. Realized $32,200
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send
it to us!
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Heritage's Mark Borckardt to teach new ANA Summer
Our very own Mark Borckardt is among the slate of world-renowned
numismatists teaching the new "Legends in Numismatics" course at
The American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar. The course will
be offered during both sessions, June 22-28 and June 29-July 5, in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
will be a rare opportunity for students to get first-hand
experience with some of the icons in the numismatic industry. Along
with Mark Borckardt, instructors will include Neil Shafer, Fred
Holabird, and Ira Goldberg. This week-long session will give
students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of territorial
gold, money of panics and depressions, coins that made history and
the first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
From June 22-28, instructors will include Ira Goldberg, Neil
Shafer, Fred Holabird, and Heritage's own Mark Borckardt. This
week-long session will give students an opportunity to enhance
their knowledge of territorial gold, money of panics and
depressions, coins that made history and the first U.S. Mint in
Find out more about the
Legends In Numismatics course at the ANA Summer Seminar.
The ANA Summer Seminar is given in two sessions, June 22-28 and
June 29-July 5. For more details, please visit the ANA's website.
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Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office
Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with a broad
range of expertise to join our new S.F. office located in Jackson
Square. If you have a good working knowledge base of U S. coins and
currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have an
opening for a permanent position as a buyer in our San Francisco
office. Duties will include dealing with walk-in clients,
evaluating and purchasing coins and currency, working local coin
shows, and accepting Auction consignments. Pay will be commensurate
with numismatic experience.
If you are interested in this position, please contact Jobs@HA.com.
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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your
When you win any lot worth with a hammer price of $1,000 or more
(or $2,500 for Art and Nature & Science lots), you will receive
a coupon that entitles you (or your heirs) to re-consign that lot
to Heritage at a reduced seller's commission. Selling through
Heritage is a convenient and hassle free way to maximize your
return (find out why). Maybe you'll need to
make room in your collection for something better, perhaps your
collecting tastes will change, or maybe it will be your heirs that
benefit; but be sure to save the coupon, which could be worth
hundreds or thousands of dollars.
- Coins: 0% Seller's Commission for all items $1K or
- Comics: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for all
items between $1K & $10K, and 0% for items $10K and over.
- All Other Categories: 50% of the usual Seller's
Commission for everything else over $1K ($2,500 for Art &
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As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially
rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best
talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong
general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These
specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others
will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open
at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new
state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown
Manhattan and Beverly Hills.
Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in
the following categories:
- Asian Art Specialist
- Coin Buyer: (San Francisco, Dallas, New York)
- Decorative Arts & Design Specialist
- European Art Specialist
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New York,
- World Coins Director: Hong Kong
If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we
seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.
We are also seeking to fill the following corporate
- Building Operations / Maintenance Supervisor:
- Client Data Specialist: Dallas, Part-time
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
- Consignment Coordinator: Dallas
- Currency Cataloger: Dallas
- Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
- PHP Web Developer: Dallas
- Rare Books Cataloger: Dallas
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply here.
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La Madona Rosa, the largest rose quartz known
outside of the Smithsonian, anchors The Hoppel Collection in
The famed Rose Quartz: La Madona Rosa specimen — a
spectacular, wildly aesthetic piece of natural history, discovered
by Brazilian miners in the 1950s and so named for its resemblance
to traditional depictions of the Virgin Mary — is expected to bring
$200,000+ as part of Heritage Auctions' landmark presentation of
The Hoppel Collection, the finest and most comprehensive mineral
collection to come to auction in modern times.
La Madona Rosa, almost towering at more than
15 inches tall, is a specimen comparable to — and thought to be
better by many — than the other major example of rose quartz
currently known to exist: the "Van Allen Belt" specimen presently
residing in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
The collection debuts June 2 in Dallas as part of Heritage's
Nature & Science Signature® Auction,
featuring nearly 400 lots of fresh to market discoveries, and will
continue to be offered across several events over the next two
"This is art of the highest caliber, made by the unseen and
enigmatic hand of Nature," said James Walker, Director of Fine
Minerals for Heritage Auctions. "You don't have to be a scientist
to appreciate the sublime beauty of all the pieces in this
collection; you just have to love exquisite things."
Considered the most significant private mineral collection ever
to be auctioned, the Hoppel Collection's more than 2,000 specimens
is a defining moment for the mineral collecting community in two
"The Hoppel Collection holds items that, simply, are rarely seen
outside of museums or institutions," said Walker. "It will also
create a body of publicly-available, searchable information on
significant, museum-quality minerals. This will move the category
away from ambiguous, covert pricing, toward open, market-driven
pricing. Collectors will now determine the worth in a transparent
Heritage unveiled The Hoppel Collection at the 2013 Tucson Gem
& Mineral Show and is currently preparing to exhibit highlights
during the first China (Changsha) International Mineral & Gem
Show, May 16-20, 2013. The entire collection will be offered at no
reserve in a series of Heritage Signature® auctions through this
year and well into 2014.
the Home Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colo., comes a gorgeous
and textural Rhodochrosite specimen, expected to bring
$150,000+. The example is rare for its size, an impressive 11-1/2"
long, from a mine closed since 2003.
Making a rare appearance at auction is a significant
and imposing multicolored Tourmaline crystal discovered in
Brazil's Sapo Mine, expected to bring $60,000+. A full 16" tall,
it's comprised of a multitude of crystals with pink bases and
cores, over-coated with transparent blue-green Tourmaline. One of
two unusually large tourmaline specimens in the collection, the
example is notable for the unusual pastel blue-green coloration at
the very tips of the crystals, which appears to be similar to a
slight dusting of snow on rooftops.
A rare, crystalized
native gold specimen found in Mariposa County, Calif., is
expected to bring $30,000+. The dramatic fan of pure gold is prized
among collectors and institutions alike, with similar examples from
the same mine now housed in Houston's renowned Museum of Nature
also features a rare example of well-formed crystals
of Lazurite from Afghanistan, expected to bring $6,000+.
Generally found as the basic component of lapis lazuli and used
since 3,000 B.C. for jewelry and religious objects, the Hoppel
Collection specimen is presented as an unusual and desirable
separation of cobalt-colored crystals of lazurite, golden pyrite
and white calcite, basically, Lapis Lazuli deconstructed.
A number of rare gemstones and semiprecious gems are in the
collection as well, including a large example of a natural
Colombian Emerald embedded in its original dark gray Calcite
matrix, which is expected to bring $7,500+, and a 237
carat mint green fluorite faceted gem fashioned from material
from the Wise Mine of Cheshire County, New Hampshire, which may
More information about Nature & Science
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Bidding ends soon for the Dallas Bar Association
Home Project Auction
bidding for the 2013 Dallas Bar Association (DBA) Home Project Auction, which benefits Habitat
for Humanity, will end May 29, 10 PM CT with the auction closing at
the live event held May 30th. The live event — the annual Wrap
Party — will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Pete's
Dancing Marlin located at 2730 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas
Everyone is invited to attend the Wrap Party on May 30th and
continue bidding in person. We value your participation in our
fundraising efforts and want you to enjoy the evening. Thank you
for your support for the 22nd Annual DBA Home Project house. Good
luck with your bids!
More information about Charity auctions.
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Is it Time to Sell?
Heritage is dedicated to selling your rare coins and currency
for top dollar in the marketplace, providing you with the right
auction at the right venue. Your coins can sell alongside thousands
of rarities. In recent auctions, Heritage has achieved
extraordinary prices realized. Our world-class marketing is second
to none. Our more than 750,000 online bidder-members ensure a wide
reaching audience for your coins.
We invite your consignment to the Official Summer FUN 2013
Auction. Call one of our Consignment Directors today!
2013 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coin Signature Auction –
What's My Coin Worth?
Consign to a Heritage Auction
Consignment Deadline: May 28, 2013
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