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Classic Rarities Lead February 3-5 New York US Coin Auction
Seldom Seen Selections: An S.S. Central America Treasure
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Classic Rarities Lead February 3-5 New York US Coin Auction
1855-S 50C PR65 NGC
1855-S 50C PR65 NGC
Classic rarities including rare proofs and later date gold are highlighted in the February 4 Premier session of the 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction, to take place at Heritage's 445 Park Avenue offices in New York.

Proofs minted before 1858 are very rare as a rule, doubly so when struck at a branch mint. This auction features a proof 1855-S half dollar, graded Proof-65 by NGC and one of only three known, which was struck during the second year of the San Francisco Mint's operations. The other two known examples are closely held, with one at the Smithsonian Institution; the other has not been seen since the 1950s. As such, this is an opportunity for the specialist to own the only collectible example, an opportunity that might not recur again in many years.

1870 was the first year of operation of the Carson City Mint, and as a rule, coins dated 1870-CC are both rare and subject to high collector demand. Nowhere is this more true than with the 1870-CC double eagle, one of the absolute keys to the Liberty Head series. This auction features a 1870-CC double eagle graded AU Details by ANACS, certain to be the object of attention from double eagle specialists.

As most collectors know, the use of gold US coinage was halted in 1933. Many dates, particularly later dates, saw extremely limited release into commerce and are very rare today. The 1930-S eagle and the 1931 double eagle, both of which are featured in this auction, are examples of these late date rarities. Virtually none of these coins saw any level of circulation, with most being found in or near Gem grades, exemplified by the MS65 grade assigned to the eagle and the MS64 grade borne by the double eagle. Both coins were certified by PCGS.

A few of the many other highlights of this auction include:

1870-CC $20 -- Cleaned -- ANACS. AU Details 1870-CC $20 -- Cleaned -- ANACS. AU Details
1931 $20 MS64 PCGS. CAC 1931 $20 MS64 PCGS. CAC
Bidding on this auction continues on HA.com/Coins, with bidding scheduled to end at 10:00 PM CT before the scheduled live session for coins in sessions 1-4, and at 10:00 AM CT February 5 for session 5. After that time, bidding will continue on all items through Heritage Live!® until the hammer falls for the lot.

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Seldom Seen Selections: An S.S. Central America Treasure
36.40-Ounce Kellogg & Humbert Gold Ingot
A disaster such as the sinking of a ship focuses the attention of people on what is truly important, life itself. It also brings out the best and worst in people. A passage from America's Lost Treasure is of interest, focusing on the tale of survivor William Chase:

"Some of the men unbuckled their gold-stuffed belts and flung their hard-earned treasure upon the deck to lighten their weight. Chase claimed that he could easily have picked up thousands of dollars, if he thought he had a chance of reaching safety with this treasure. Shortly before eight o'clock, the Central America, with its decks now awash, was rapidly filling with water and sinking lower into the sea. In a dinner conversation earlier in the voyage Captain Herndon had told the Eastons that if his ship were ever to go down, he would go with it. Now, having done everything he could to save the women and children, and wondering if he could have done anything different to avoid the imminent tragedy, Captain Herndon retired to his quarters. Stoic and proud, he returned to the wheelhouse wearing his full-dress uniform."

Of the gold ingots that slipped to the bottom of the sea 150 years ago with the S.S. Central America, the most plentiful were those from the well-respected firm of Kellogg & Humbert. More than 400 of these ingots were recovered in 1988. In spite of its considerable heft of 36.40 ounces, the piece we are offering in our New York Signature auction is actually one of the smaller ingots recovered. The smallest from Kellogg & Humbert was 5.71 ounces and the largest weighed an amazing 933.94 ounces. At the time the Central America sank, this particular ingot was valued at $620.77.

The ingot is 52 mm tall, 41 mm wide, and 30 mm deep. The top side reads: No 1028/36.40 OZ/825 FINE/$620.77. The individual ingot number is repeated at the top of the back side. The company imprint is neatly impressed on the right side. Two assay chips are out of opposing corners, as always. The ingot is bright overall with no traces of the rust that is often seen on these ingots.

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Website Tips: Passwords  
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued Mexican 8 Reales pieces to sell in Heritage auctions:

Carlos and Joanna 8 Reales ND (1538). XF
Carlos and Joanna 8 Reales ND (1538). XF
  1. Carlos and Joanna 8 Reales ND (1538). XF. Realized $373,750.
  2. Felipe III Royal 8 Reales 1609 Mo-A, AU55 NGC. Realized $111,625.
  3. Felipe IV Royal 8 Reales 1667/6 Mo-G, XF45 NGC. Realized $88,125.
  4. Felipe V Pillar 8 Reales 1732Mo-F, KM103, Choice AU. Realized $86,250.
  5. Republic Cap and Rays 8 Reales 1827-PiJS, KM377.12, MS63 NGC. Realized $63,250.
  6. Republic Cap and Ray 8 Reales 1835-Ho PP, KM377.9, VF details. Realized $48,500.
  7. Republic silver Pattern 8 Reales 1882 Ho-JA, KM-Pn136var. Realized $47,000.
  8. Republic Cap & Ray 8 Reales 1827 Pi-JS, KM377.12, AU50 PCGS. Realized $15,862.
  9. Republic silver-plated bronze Pattern 8 Reales 1840Do-OM, KM-Pn59, AU55 NGC. Realized $13,800.
  10. Felipe V Pillar 8 Reales 1733Mo-MF, KM103, AU58+ PCGS. Realized $13,800.
A repeat occurrence of one coin has been omitted.

Our thanks to E.L. of California for his excellent suggestion!

Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send it to us!

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U.S. Coin Cataloger Wanted

Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with broad expertise in U.S. coins to join our award-winning staff. If you have an extensive knowledge base of U.S. coins and have exceptional writing skills we have an opening as a cataloger. You can work with the most successful team of numismatists in the world. This is a full-time position based in our Dallas headquarters. Duties will include cataloging, evaluating and attribution of U.S. coins, assisting with catalog production, and contributing numismatic articles for newsletters and other publications.

If you are interested, please contact BrittM@HA.com.

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Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas Office

Heritage Auctions is seeking talented numismatists with a broad range of expertise to join our Dallas office. If you have a good working knowledge base of U S. coins and currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have openings for permanent positions as a buyer. 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
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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:
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Around Heritage Auctions
Syd Solomon. Cost Note, 1987
Online bidding for the A.W.A.R.E. An Artist Against Alzheimer Auction ends February 5, 10:00 PM CT with auction closing at the live event held February 6, 2014. The live event will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at: Museum Tower, 1918 North Olive Street, Dallas, Texas, 75201.

If you are the high bidder at the close of the online portion at 10:00 PM on Feb 5th 2014, 10:00 PM CT, your online high bid will be transferred to the live event, February 6th, 2014. For further information, For more information, contact Stephanie O'Barr, 800.872.6476 x1807 or StephanieO@HA.com.

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Civil War Baseball Makes its Auction Debut in Platinum Night

The Most Thoroughly Documented Civil War Soldiers' Game Used Baseball in the Hobby
Heritage Auctions is proud to present the most thoroughly documented Civil War soldier's baseball in the hobby, and it will be featured in our upcoming February Platinum Night Auction. The headline of the included news clipping from the February 18, 1911 edition of the Los Angeles Express reads "Famous War-Time Baseball Will Be Shown at Banquet," and continues on to state, "Members of Loyal Legion Will Fondle Old Sphere and Hear Story of the Part It Took in Army Sport During the Stirring Days of '64." The article's text tells the story best.

"Captain France was a member of the Seventeenth New York zouaves, who were attached to the Sixteenth corps under the command of N.S. Granger. There were a number of good ballplayers in the Seventeenth and when, in May '64, the corps was encamped at Decatur, Ala., the baseball enthusiasts conceived the plan of sending to Nashville, 130 miles north, for a ball and bat.

The plan was executed and many a hot game of baseball was played on the parade grounds. When the call for dress parade came and a game was in progress, it was customary for the man having the ball in his hand at the time to keep it until the next game was played.

In this manner the ball was carried on Sherman's march to the sea, through the Atlanta campaign, its siege and capture, then through the Carolinas campaign to Raleigh, Richmond and finally to Washington. At Washington, while the soldiers were waiting to be mustered out, the last game of ball was played. When it was over Lieutenant Barnett was walking off the field with Captain France. 'Here, France,' he called, and gave the ball an underhand toss into France's waiting hands.

The Most Thoroughly Documented Civil War Soldiers' Game Used Baseball in the Hobby
The trail of the provenance picks up shortly after the printing of the newspaper article with an undated but clearly very old handwritten letter from Charles H. Pease, a Captain with the 17th New York Veteran Volunteers (Zouaves) who served with France. He writes:

"This ball was used by the Officers of the 17th N.Y. at Decatur, Ala in '62 during the ocupation (sic) by Federal troops and when the 17th received marching orders to go to the front at Atlanta Ga it was in possession of Capt. James S. France who kept it long after the war and finally gave it to my son Harry France Pease in 1915." Pease signs below. The close relationship between these former brothers in arms is apparent in the middle name of Pease's son.

The ball itself is crafted in the lemon peel style typical of the Civil War-era and bears vintage handwritten block-lettered text that reads, "Zouave B.B.C." and "Officers 17th N.Y.V.V.I." The ball is deeply toned but text remains bold and the structural integrity of the sphere is strong with no loose stitching or major defects to the leather. Also in the lot is a modern printed transcript of many of Captain Pease's letters home from the war and a 2011 letter of appraisal from noted Civil War historian Will Gorges. The ball is consigned by the great-great grandson of Capt. Charles H. Pease, with his letter of provenance. Click here to view the auction preview.

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Instant Quiz

1. What was the date of the $50 Half Union patterns?
       A) 1849
       B) 1854
       C) 1870
       D) 1877
       E) 1915

2. What was the first US Mint located west of the Mississippi River?
       A) Carson City
       B) Dahlonega
       C) Denver
       D) New Orleans
       E) San Francisco

Last week's question:

1. Augustus Saint-Gaudens is well known as the designer of the eagle and double eagle. What other denomination did he prepare a design for?
Correct Answer: A) Cent (19%).

2. What was the first year of issue of the Capped Bust quarter?
Correct Answer: D) 1815 (32%).

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Is it Time to Sell?
The numismatic market and prices are strong, and it's time for you to profit from that strength. Last year's Central States' auctions brought in $58 Million, the largest CSNS event ever. The Central States organization and Heritage have established an enduring tradition: attracting the best in numismatic properties for auction, assembling an enthusiastic audience, and then delivering superb prices realized. With your consignment, we will continue to make history in 2014.

It's easy for you to be part of making history at another exciting Central States. Call Heritage today to include your important rare coins and currency in this amazing event — the CSNS coin consignment deadline is March 10 and the currency deadline is March 3. Please call our Consignment Directors at 800-USCOINS (872-6467) ext. 1000 (Coins) or ext. 1001 (Currency) to begin your pursuit of top prices.

2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Schaumburg
Consignment Deadline: March 10, 2014

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

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