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Mark Feld joins Heritage Auctions

Mark FeldHeritage 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 established."

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 Rare Coins.

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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 beginner."

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)
Heritage Auctions
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
Guatemala: Carlos III gold 8 Escudos 1768-G, KM31, Cal. 666, AU

  1. Guatemala: Carlos III gold 8 Escudos 1768-G, KM31, Cal. 666, AU. Realized $103,500
  2. Chile. Carlos III 8 Escudos 1775 DA. Santiago mint. EB in oval for Ephraim Brasher. KM27. VF Details. Realized $80,500
  3. Mexico: Philip V Portrait gold 8 Escudos 1733-Mo F, KM148 (listed as rare), Cayon-10030, Calico-422, MS64 NGC. Realized $54,625
  4. Mexico: Ferdinand VII gold 8 Escudos 1813-MR Guadalajara, KM162, Calico 1202, AU55 NGC. Realized $54,625
  5. Mexico: Felipe V Portrait gold 8 Escudos 1733Mo-F, KM148, Cayon-10030, Calico-422, MS64 NGC. Realized $44,562
  6. Mexico: Ferdinand VII gold 8 Escudos 1813Ga-MR, KM162, Calico 1202, Choice AU. Realized $43,125
  7. Guatemala: Ferdinand VI gold 8 Escudos 1754G-J, KM7, Calico 551, XF45 NGC. Realized $37,375
  8. Mexico: Ferdinand VI gold 8 Escudos 1747Mo-MF, KM148, Calico 596. Realized $32,200
  9. Mexico: Felipe V gold 8 Escudos 1743-Mo MF, KM148, MS62 NGC. Realized $32,200
  10. Mexico: Philip V gold cob 8 Escudos 1715-Mo J, Cayon-9950, MS64 NGC. Realized $32,200
  11. 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 Seminar Course

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.

Course CatalogThis 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 Philadelphia.

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 Winnings!

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 more.
  • 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 & Natural History).

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  Employment Opportunities

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, Beverly Hills)
  • 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 positions:

  • Building Operations / Maintenance Supervisor: Dallas
  • 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
  • Interns
  • 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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  Around Heritage

La Madona Rosa, the largest rose quartz known outside of the Smithsonian, anchors The Hoppel Collection in Auction

La Madona RosaThe 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 years.

"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 ways.

"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 auction setting."

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.

RHODOCHROSITEFrom 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 & Science.

LAZURITEThe auction 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 bring $5,000+.

More information about Nature & Science auctions.

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Bidding ends soon for the Dallas Bar Association Home Project Auction

Home Project Auction Online 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 75226.

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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  Heritage Interactive
Opinion Poll

Answer this quick question and see how your opinion compares with your peers.

How far do you travel to visit your local coin shop?
       A) Less than 20 miles
       B) Between 20 and 50 miles
       C) Over 50 miles
       D) I don't visit coin shops, but buy my coins at shows
       E) I buy most of my coins over the Internet

If you are on Outlook 2007 or later take the Quiz online

Last week's question:

We know that many coin collectors also collect currency. How would you describe your currency collecting?
A) I am primarily a currency collector (5%).
B) I collect both coins and currency in equal amounts (5%).
C) I collect currency actively, but am much more of a coin collector (14%).
D) I occasionally pick up a piece of currency for my collection, but don't collect it seriously (44%).
E) The only reason I collect currency is to spend it (32%).

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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 – Orlando
Consignment Deadline: May 28, 2013

David Mayfield
Vice President, Numismatic Auctions
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

Interested in Selling?
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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
June 5-9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1186
June 5-9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1186

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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131322
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131322
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241322
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231322
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141322
Closes May 28
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Other Signature Auctions
May 30 DBA Home Project Auction - Habitat for Humanity - Dallas #537 May 30 DBA Home Project Auction - Habitat for Humanity - Dallas #537
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June 2 Nature & Science Signature Auction - Dallas #5110 June 2 Nature & Science Signature Auction - Dallas #5110
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June 8 Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas #6098 June 8 Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas #6098
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June 9 Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas #6099 June 9 Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas #6099
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June 14 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5159 June 14 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5159
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June 14 Silver Signature Auction - Dallas #5127 June 14 Silver Signature Auction - Dallas #5127
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June 15 Decorative Art & European Paintings Signature Auction - Dallas #5139 June 15 Decorative Art & European Paintings Signature Auction - Dallas #5139
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121321
Closes May 26
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151321
Closes May 26
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161321
Closes May 26
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171322
Closes May 28
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251322
Closes May 28
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201322
Closes May 30
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