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Gold rarities highlight offerings at Atlanta ANA auction
The ML Moser Collection offered at Central States
Website Tips: Shipment tracking details
This Week's Top Ten
Special Lot Viewing Opportunity
U.S. Coin Cataloger Wanted
Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas Office
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
Employment Opportunities
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February 22, 2014
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Gold rarities highlight offerings at Atlanta ANA auction
1845 $2 1/2 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC
1845 $2 1/2 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC
Rare gold coins are featured as Heritage Auctions presents the official auction of the Atlanta ANA National Money Show on February 27-28. An accompanying live session will be held exclusively through HA.com on March 2. A 17.5% Buyer’s premium will be added to the hammer price for all lots.

The February 27 Premier Session of this auction is loaded with gold rarities, including always in-demand early issues, low mintage 19th century issues, 20th century coinage that saw very limited release, and proofs. An 1845 quarter eagle, graded Proof-67 Ultra Cameo by NGC, is considered the finest of only three confirmed examples of this early proof issue. Pedigreed to the Trompeter collection, this coin originated as a part of a three piece gold proof set struck during a period where proofs of any kind were rarely produced.

Many of the rarest 20th century gold coins had relatively high mintages but were released in extremely small quantities to circulation, with the vast majority of examples finding the melting pot after 1933. The 1920-S eagle was one of the last five issues of the ten dollar gold series. Of those five issues, two (the 1926 and 1932) are very common, but the other three are rarities, worthy of intense collector attention in any grade. Our Atlanta auction features a 1920-S eagle graded MS65 by NGC, an impressive grade on an absolute basis and doubly impressive since the 1920-S is the premier condition rarity of the entire Indian Head eagle series.

US gold coins minted before 1834 range from very scarce to virtually unobtainable, and a single example would be the highlight of most collections. This auction features a 1826 half eagle, also graded MS65 by NGC, likely the second or third finest example known. Only 30-35 examples of this date are believed to exist in all grades.

Just a few of the additional highlights of this auction include:

1920-S $10 MS65 NGC 1920-S $10 MS65 NGC
1931 $20 MS64 PCGS. CAC 1931 $20 MS64 PCGS. CAC
This auction is open for bidding now at HA.com/Coins.

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The ML Moser Collection offered at Central States
1893-S MS65 NGC
1893-S MS65 NGC
1893-S MS65 NGC
Heritage auctions is pleased to present an especially noteworthy offering coming up in our Central States Numismatic Society US Coin Auction, April 23-27 in Chicago. The ML Moser Collection is one of the finest groupings of Morgan Dollars ever assembled, and it stands atop the NGC Registry as the #1 Morgan Dollar Collection.

NGC has honored this collection with seven awards for excellence, accolades we couldn't agree more with. NGC's Mark Salzberg calls the consignor "tenacious" in his collecting pursuits. When you see these coins, you'll know why.

Each coin was chosen not only for its high technical grade, but for its aesthetic appeal. The group is well-matched and is almost exclusively blast white. Eight of the coins have earned the MS68 or MS68+ designation while another 35 have been assigned the grade of MS67. The coveted 1893-S is graded MS65. Unbelievably, the consignor had the luxury of choosing the 1893-S we are offering here against another MS65!

This museum quality collection will be on display at the Heritage table at the ANA National Money Show February 27-29. If you are attending the show or our auction, remember to stop by the Heritage table to see one of the finest and well-matched Morgan Dollar collections ever assembled, in grades that will make you head spin.

1895-S MS66 NGC 1896-S MS66 NGC 1881-CC MS68 NGC
1895-S MS66 NGC 1826 $5 MS65 NGC 1826 $5 MS65 NGC
1895-S MS66 NGC 1896-S MS66 NGC 1881-CC MS68 NGC

If you can't make it to the show, view highlights of this collection now at HA.com/Coins!

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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued S-mint Morgan dollars to sell in Heritage auctions, one per issue:
1893-S $1 MS67 NGC
1893-S $1 MS67 NGC

  1. 1893-S $1 MS67 NGC. Realized $546,250.
  2. 1892-S $1 MS67 PCGS. Realized $460,000.
  3. 1896-S $1 MS69 PCGS. Realized $402,500.
  4. 1895-S $1 MS67 Deep Mirror Prooflike PCGS. Realized $207,000.
  5. 1883-S $1 MS67 Prooflike PCGS. CAC. Realized $161,000.
  6. 1884-S $1 MS65 NGC. Realized $149,500.
  7. 1921-S $1 SP65 PCGS. CAC. Realized $117,500.
  8. 1898-S $1 MS68 PCGS. Realized $97,750.
  9. 1903-S $1 MS67 PCGS. Realized $86,250.
  10. 1880-S $1 MS69 Prooflike PCGS. Realized $86,250.
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send it to us!

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Special Lot Viewing Opportunity

All of the lots from The March 21 Donald E. Bently Collection auction, to be held in San Francisco, will be on display at the Atlanta ANA Money Show, at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Ballroom A.

Viewing hours will be 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27 and 28 and 9:00 AM to noon on Saturday, March 1.

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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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First Edition Copy Of Jacob De Cordova's 1849 Map Of Texas May Bring $150,000+

[Map]. Jacob De Cordova. J. De Cordova's Map of the State of Texas (1849)
Chatting soon after their Thanksgiving feast, Patrick Martin learned one of his guests had strong family ties to Texas. Pushing the wine glasses and butter dish to one side, Martin opened a small black book and unfolded n early, hand-colored map of the Republic of Texas, complete with the short-lived Santa Fe County. It wasn't until he took the map to an appraisal event that he learned it was none other than an 1849 first edition Map of Texas, hand signed by Jewish settler Jacob De Cordova, which is expected to sell for $150,000 in Heritage Auctions' Texana Signature Auction March 15 in Dallas.

"By the time it got to my hands it was sheer luck it hadn't been damaged," Martin said of the map's long history in his family. "I remember looking it over when I was younger, 8, 10, 12 years old, unfolding it in my parents' basement. The map shows Indian territories and I thought Indians were cool."

De Cordova's Map of Texas was first issued in 1849 and published by Texas' General Land Office as the first official map of Texas. It measures 32" x 35 1/4", is hand-colored with West Texas virtually entirely absent and only a portion of the Panhandle (noted as the Fannin Land District) shown as settled. Only a few copies of the map are known to exist. Among them are at least two being held by institutions: one in Special Collections at the University of Texas at Arlington and the other at the Rosenburg Library in Galveston.

"The accuracy of this map, and its importance to understanding the development of Texas cannot be overstated," said Joe Fay, Manager of Rare Books at Heritage Auctions. "Sam Houston himself called it 'the most correct and authentic map of Texas ever compiled.' The hand-colored map shows the state of Texas at a critical point, most noticeable when comparing it to subsequent revisions, reflecting big changes from the Texas of this map to the Texas of just a few years later. When I saw this walk into the appraisal event in Birmingham, and Mr. Martin and I unfolded it, I was floored. It's one of the most desirable high points in the field of Texana, and few collectors or dealers ever get the opportunity to see it in the wild."

Martin's family traces their copy to his great-great-grandfather Nicholas Martin and his son, Hudson. Nicholas was colonel in a Virginia militia that fought in Texas during the Mexican-American War and Hudson was a Virginia attorney who helped settlers secure land grants across the Lone Star State.

"So it could have been Hudson or it could have been Nicholas, we're not really sure," Martin said. "We were a family of savers, we didn't throw things out. The map spent its life in an outbuilding on the family farm that was used as a law office and when my grandfather died no one wanted it."

When it came time for the family to clean out the homestead, Patrick's father grabbed a box of legal documents on a whim, not knowing the book was tucked safely inside. Patrick discovered the map as a boy and it sparked his imagination and a lifelong passion for history. He spent hours examining early cities and towns, roads, rivers, Indian villages and even De Cordova's own signature.

"My parents didn't have any objection to me playing with it and I could have easily done some damage," he said. "Until recently, I was still pulling it out and showing it to guests if they were history buffs. We moved the butter and the wine glasses and started taking it out. At that point it could have been a disaster."

Now that the map is headed to auction, Martin is eager to see how the public will react to its discovery. He intends to split the proceeds with his sister.

More information about Historical auctions.

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Instant Quiz

1. Which of the following coins does not have the mintmark on the obverse?
       A) Indian head eagle
       B) Lincoln cent
       C) Reeded Edge (Bust) half dollar
       D) Saint-Gaudens double eagle
       E) Standing Liberty quarter

2. Which doubled die obverse variety is known as "Hot Lips"?
       A) 1888-O Morgan dollar
       B) 1942-D Washington quarter
       C) 1955 Lincoln cent
       D) 1969-S Lincoln cent
       E) 1974-D Kennedy half dollar

Last week's question:

1. What is the highest mintage Carson City silver dollar?
Correct Answer: E) 1890-CC (18%).

2. Who was the original author of A Guide Book of United States Coins (aka The Red Book)?
Correct Answer: E) R.S. Yeoman (72%).

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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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