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Heritage Auctions presents The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of Rare Coins
Seldom Seen Selections: AU50 1875 Ten, a classic Eagle rarity
Website Tips: MyNotes
This Week's Top Ten
U.S. Coin Cataloger Wanted
Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas Office
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Employment Opportunities
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February 15, 2014
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Heritage Auctions presents The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of Rare Coins
One of the finest collections of American silver ever assembled, more than 3,000 coins in all; first auction scheduled for June 23 at Heritage Auctions New York

Eugene H. Gardner, Sr
Eugene H. Gardner, Sr.
Heritage Auctions announces the sale of the rare coin collection of Eugene H. Gardner, to be sold in four unreserved auctions to take place in New York in 2014 and 2015.

Highlights of the first auction will be on display at the Central States Numismatic Society Convention in April. Lot viewing of the entire first auction will begin at Heritage Auctions in Dallas May 1, then move to The Long Beach Coin Expo June 3-6, and then at Heritage Auctions in New York City, June 20-22. The first auction will take place the next day, June 23, in-person and live online. The second auction is slated for October, 2014 in New York.

The Eugene H. Gardner Collection is the product of a keen eye and a passion for numismatics that began in 1954 when as a college student he initiated his first collection, which was sold in 1965. His current collection is widely considered by numismatic experts to be among the finest collections of silver coinage ever assembled. The collection features complete sets of all Liberty Seated and Barber series. Highlights include: 1796 With Pole Half Cent MS61 Brown NGC; 1802 Half Dime XF45 PCGS; 1796 JR-1 Dime, MS66 PCGS (one of three or four known in the Pre-Cud Die State); 1845-O Dime MS69 PCGS; 1876-CC Twenty Cent Piece (Eliasberg) MS64 PCGS; 1823/2 Quarter PR64 NGC; 1873-CC No Arrows Quarter MS63 PCGS; 1796 15 Stars Half Dollar MS62 NGC; 1796 16 Stars Half Dollar MS64 PCGS; 1797 Half Dollar MS63 PCGS; 1838-O Half Dollar PR64 NGC; 1870-S Seated Dollar XF40 PCGS [photos available upon request].

Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions, inventorying the Eugene Gardner collection
Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions, inventorying the Eugene Gardner collection prior to armored transport from Lancaster, PA to Dallas, TX.
Gardner, 78, founded the investment advisory firm that is now Gardner Russo & Gardner in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1968.

"I see these auctions as the culmination of a gratifying and absorbing collecting career," said Gardner. "It allows me to introduce my largely-completed collection to the numismatic fraternity, which is very exciting to me. I love the thought of sharing the auction experience with my family. We've really all been in this together. In fact, my grandchildren know how to get my attention by just saying, 'Opa, what new coins do you have?'"

"Gene Gardner is more than a coin collector," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "He's a numismatist who has an appreciation for the historic and aesthetic side of the hobby in addition to being one of the nicest people in numismatics, and so generous with his time and with his knowledge. Gene has created books for his personal use for many of his sets; their beautiful photographs and detailed commentaries are posted on the NGC website for all to share. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., John Jay Pittman, and Eric P. Newman are just three of the names that appear in the provenance of coins in the Gardner Collection. Gene Gardner is a collector who appreciates the finest available coins, and his collection clearly illustrates that connoisseurship."

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Seldom Seen Selections: AU50 1875 Ten, a classic Eagle rarity
1875 $10 AU50 PCGS
1875 $10 AU50 PCGS
The 1875 Liberty eagle is a well-known — some might even say legendary — rarity in the ten dollar Coronet series. It is so rare that few collectors or dealers have ever seen one. Only 100 business strikes were originally produced plus 20 proofs. Although David Akers estimated only five or six business-strike examples survive in all grades, we are able to trace 14 different coins. Some pieces, including the present coin, may actually be circulated proofs.

PCGS has certified this piece as an AU50, but we believe that it shows some characteristics of a proof. The fields still retain a significant amount of reflectivity around the devices (although this by itself is certainly not evidence of its proof status). However, the left base of the 1 in the date is positioned over the left edge of a dentil; and on the reverse, the top of the second stripe is weak, two of Walter Breen's diagnostics for proofs. In an earlier appearance in the Four Landmark Collections, this coin was graded PR50 by Bowers and Merena.

A planchet flake is seen on the upper portion of Liberty's neck and is mostly surrounded by a deeper coppery patina. The surfaces show the usual number of small abrasions and handling marks one expects from any coin that has seen 10 points of wear. The only mark of any significance is in the upper left obverse field, extending downward from the juncture of Liberty's forecurl and the bottom of the coronet. Rich red and lilac coloration is seen over each side.

This auction presents an extremely rare opportunity to acquire this seldom-seen 19th century gold issue.

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Website Tips: MyNotes  
Ever wanted to have a quick, convenient place to take notes about a lot that interests you in a Heritage Auction? Now you have that opportunity, and you need not look for pen and paper to do it. Heritage now provides you the opportunity to keep notes on our website on any item that shows up in any of the following places:

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When you visit any of these pages, you will see a dropdown called "Lot Actions" immediately above your listings. Choose . At the far left of each of these listings is a checkbox. Click on the checkboxes next to any or all of the items on which you wish to enter notes. If you want to take notes on every item in your listing, click on the checkbox at the top. Once you have checked every item you wish to edit, go to the Lot Actions dropdown above the item listings, choose "Add/Edit MyNote", and click on the "Submit" button.


Here, you will see a listing of every item you have chosen to enter, complete with description, lot number, and thumbnail image. Make any edits you wish, and then click on any "Save" button to save all of your edits. Note that you will be limited to 256 characters of notes on any one item, or about 50 words or so. The bottom of each listing will show you the amount of room you have remaining.


Once you've entered your notes, they will instantly be visible from your MyBids, MyTrackedLots, MyConsignments, or MyWantlist Matches listings, immediately below the short description of the item. You can enter notes on items in present, past, and even future auctions, so long as they show up in one of these listings.

To remove a note, just click on the checkbox to the left of the item, choose "Remove Note" from the Lot Actions dropdown, and click "Submit."

MyNotes is a tremendous tool for you as a bidder, with an array of uses that is limited only by your imagination.

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This Week's Top Ten
1907 $10 Rolled Edge MS67 PCGS
1907 $10 Rolled Edge MS67 PCGS
The ten lowest mintage circulation strike eagles:

  1. 1907 Indian Head, Rolled Edge
  2. 1875
  3. 1907 Indian Head, Wire Rim
  4. 1876
  5. 1883-O
  6. 1877
  7. 1873
  8. 1798/7 7x6 stars
  9. 1798/7 9x4 stars
  10. 1863
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
  • Automobilia Specialist
  • Coin Buyer
  • 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:
  • Client Data Specialist part-time
  • Client Services Representative
  • Consignment Coordinator
  • Currency Consignment Director
  • Email Marketing Specialist
  • e-Publishing Expert
  • Fine Jewelry Cataloger
  • Interns
  • Marketing Catalog Coordinator
  • Operations Assistant
  • Shipping Associate
  • Web Content Specialist (part-time)
  • Web Marketing Specialist
  • U.S. Coin Cataloger Needed
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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Shoeless Joe Jackson, Muhammad Ali, And Babe Ruth Treasures Highlight Platinum Night In NYC, The Hobby's Premier Event

1923 New York Yankees World Championship Watch Presented to Babe Ruth
1964 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Fight Worn Gloves from First Liston Bout
The New York Yankees have won 27 World Championships to date, and Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali claimed the Heavyweight boxing title three times, each achievement a record unmatched in sports history. On Feb. 22, in New York, Heritage's "Platinum Night" auction will sell key artifacts of each respective historic first championship to the most determined collector.

Widely considered to be the most significant article of New York Yankees memorabilia ever to surface, the pocket watch presented to Babe Ruth for his contributions in claiming the franchise's first World Championship in 1923 is consigned to auction by the gentleman who bought it from Ruth's caddy in the late 1980's.

From the team's second Championship in 1927 through their most recent in 2009, rings have been awarded for winning the World Series, but the first of 27 team Championships was marked by an elegantly engraved gold pocket watch. Ruth's personal model was gifted to his friend Charles Schwefel, owner of the famed Gramercy Hotel in Manhattan. Schwefel's wife then passed the watch to her nephew, who often caddied for the Babe at St. Albans Country Club in Queens, NY.

"While a few 1923 Championship pocket watches have surfaced from lesser players and front office personnel, it was widely believed that Babe Ruth's had been lost," said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles. "Learning that this wasn't true, that this extraordinarily piece still existed, was a great thrill, I can tell you. The pre-auction estimate is $750,000+, but it's truly a priceless artifact of Yankee history."

If there has been any figure in American sports as captivating as Babe Ruth, it was a brash, young boxer from Louisville, KY named Cassius Clay, better known to the sports world by his adopted name Muhammad Ali. Though he achieved some limited fame with a Gold Medal performance at the Rome Olympics in 1960, it wasn't until 1964 that he became a household name with his historic victory over a heavily favored Sonny Liston, the first of two meetings with the seemingly invincible powerhouse.

1964 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Fight Worn Gloves from First Liston Bout
The boxing gloves Clay/Ali was wearing as he shocked the world in that February 1964 bout in Miami are expected to bring more than $250,000 on Feb. 22, just two days before the 50th Anniversary of the fight in which the legendary boxer earned his first of three Heavyweight Championships.

Another historic beginning is commemorated with the only known factory model bat from the arsenal of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, best remembered today as the biggest star of the 1919 Chicago White Sox to be banned for life from organized baseball for his participation in the throwing of that year's World Series.

1911 Shoeless Joe Jackson Game Used Rookie Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9

The unique labeling format, as well as the factory side-writing on the bat, assigns use to Jackson's official debut season of 1911, one notable as the only Major League rookie campaign to record a batting average of .400 or better.

"This bat serves as a key piece of evidence for the many millions who believe that Jackson deserves enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame," said Ivy.

Other significant baseball bats on offer in this Platinum Night auction include one used by Babe Ruth during his first Yankees season of 1920 and Mickey Mantle's special model issued for the 1956 All-Star Game, the only Mantle bat that can be definitively attributed to the sole Triple Crown season of his career.

1920 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9

More information about sports auctions.

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Three-Day Fine & Decorative Arts Event Offers 1,700+ Eclectic Lots Of Furniture, Private Collections

Fine & Decorative Arts including Estates Signature Auction
A diverse, 1,700-lot auction spanning Continental furniture and lighting, more than 350 works of fine art and sculpture, and a selection of Pre-Columbian and Asian Art is set to capture the imagination of decorators and collectors alike Feb. 21-23 at Heritage Auctions. The Fine & Decorative Arts including Estates Signature Auction is one of the firm's most popular auction events held biannually at the firm's Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum St.

"There's no telling what treasures might cross the block," said Ed Beardsley, Vice President of Decorative Arts at Heritage. "Punctuated with an exciting selection of beautiful, finely crafted Continental furniture and decorative arts, this auction is filled with rare and noteworthy objects appealing to every range of collector."

Louis XVI-style bureau Mazarin
A selection of exceptional furniture presented includes a Louis XVI-style bureau Mazarin made of ebonized wood decorated with stunning Boulle marquetry. The piece is accented by figures dancing within gilt borders on a silvered ground and is expected to hammer for $20,000. An early 19th century German Empire mahogany temple-form roll-top desk intricately fitted with hidden drawers and compartments is estimated to bring $30,000+, while an early 19th century French Chinoiserie Lacquered and Gilt Bronze mounted writing desk is expected to generate bidder interest at $20,000.

Edwardian mahogany circular staircase
Stand out pieces include an Edwardian mahogany circular staircase, expected to hammer for $8,000 and a striking pair of Modernist carved, white marble chairs, estimated at $7,000. The auction also features three rare specimen tables, the largest supporting a micromosaic table top depicting birds and six mosaics of flowers and classical landmarks on a tripartite gilt wood base, which could sell for $15,000.

Leading the extensive selection of decorative arts are four, Louis XV-style gilt bronze, five-light sconces, estimated at $20,000, while the auction's fine art paintings and sculpture features Victoire, an imposing bronze on a marble base, after Mathurin Moreau (French, 1822-1912), is presented with a $20,000 estimate.

Lalique Frosted Glass Bacchantes Vase
A selection of exceptional furniture several private collections offered during the three-day auction event includes a selection of art glass, led by a Lalique frosted Bacchantes vase, estimated at $2,500. An important private collection of rare match safes is highlighted by a circa 1900, 14 karat gold Blackington safe made in North Attleboro, Mass., which may bring $1,500, and a circa 1898 Gorham safe, sporting an enameled blue Yale pendant, which is also expected to bring $1,500+. An important selection of rare meerschaum pipes with original cases from a private New York collection is on offer as well and a lot of seven figural pipes, all dating to the late 19th century, may sell for $800.

More information about Fine and Decorative Art auctions.

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Instant Quiz

1. What is the highest mintage Carson City silver dollar?
       A) 1878-CC
       B) 1882-CC
       C) 1883-CC
       D) 1884-CC
       E) 1890-CC

2. Who was the original author of A Guide Book of United States Coins (aka The Red Book)?
       A) Q. David Bowers
       B) Walter Breen
       C) Kenneth Bressett
       D) Chet Krause
       E) R.S. Yeoman

Last week's question:

1. If a sovereign has an M mintmark, where is it from?
Correct Answer: A) Australia (46%).

2. Which of the following celebrities is/was not a well-known numismatist?
Correct Answer: D) George Raft (23%).

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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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