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Early Gold From The Bently Collection to Launch Bently Foundation
San Francisco US Coin auction scheduled for March 21-23
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Early Gold From The Bently Collection to Launch Bently Foundation
1927-D double eagle, MS63 PCGS
1927-D double eagle, MS63 PCGS
Nearly 600 coins from The Collection of Donald E. Bently, the late founder, owner and CEO of Bently Nevada Corporation, will be sold Thursday, March 20, with lot viewings taking place March 16-20, at the Bently Reserve, in a special single owner catalog by Heritage Auctions. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Bently Foundation, which launched this month and was founded by Donald's son, Christopher Bently, CEO of Bently Enterprises and Bently Holdings. Christopher established Bently Foundation as a means to support the communities served by his suite of companies, believing that with corporate success comes the responsibility to engage with the community and inspire positive change. The San Francisco auction is one among several taking place across the country, and is expected to raise more than $7.5 million for the Foundation. Throughout the live auction, bids will be taken from the floor, phone and Heritage Live on HA.com.

"My father taught me to be forward thinking and to have vision," said Christopher. "Bently Foundation will be 100% dedicated to nurturing and improving our world, fostering support for organizations, individuals and ideas that align with our core values of cultivating the arts, advancing environmental sustainability and aiding animal welfare. All proceeds from the coin auction will go directly to the Bently Foundation."

Donald Bently was an engineering pioneer whose technology created the foundation of the new Mechanical Engineering discipline of the Diagnostics of Machinery Malfunctions. He instilled values of innovation, sustainability and community engagement into his son Christopher, who will ensure the coins' profits are used toward community initiatives.

"Christopher Bently is selling this father's coin collection to build a new legacy of creativity, sustainability, and animal rights in Bay Area and Nevada communities through Bently Foundation," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "Don had a particularly nuanced focus on California Gold Rush, Old West, San Francisco Mint and the Carson City Mint coinage."

The numismatic world is abuzz about this collection's offering of the ultra-rare 1927-D double eagle, MS63 PCGS, the rarest coin ever minted in Denver and the absolute key among circulation issue Saint-Gaudens double eagles. Only seven coins are definitively known to be available to collectors, with four more residing in museums and an additional two examples not traced for at least the last 40 years. Any offering of this coin is a newsworthy event, in large part because of the seven-figure prices this issue routinely brings at auction.

1830 Templeton Reid quarter eagle, AU55 PCGS
1830 Templeton Reid quarter eagle, AU55 PCGS
The roster of 19th century rarities in the auction is led by a stunning 1830 Templeton Reid quarter eagle, AU55 PCGS, an exceedingly important find from the first private gold coiner in Georgia. "This historic piece is a relic from the dawn of the American gold rush," said Rohan, "which took place not in California, but near the Appalachian Trail." The pre-auction estimate for the 1830 Templeton Reid quarter eagle is $200,000+.

1870-CC $20 AU53 PCGS. Variety 1-A
1870-CC $20 AU53 PCGS. Variety 1-A
Other highlights of the coin collection include an 1841 Liberty quarter eagle, PR53 PCGS, which is a favorite 19th century curiosity among collectors, although one with a controversial history. Dubbed the "Little Princess," the coin does not appear in the 1841 Mint Report, yet experts believe it exists in both proof and business strike examples, with fewer than 20 pieces known. The pre-auction estimate for "Little Princess" is $100,000+.

An 1854-S Liberty quarter eagle, the Discovery Coin for the type, is one of only 12 remaining of 236 pieces struck, while a proof-only 1863 quarter eagle, survives as a scarce coin from a limited mintage of only 30 pieces, of which perhaps 12 to 15 examples survive. This rare coin has a pre-auction estimate of $100,000+.

The collection's highly-cultivated selection of gold coins is further reflected in the 1870-CC twenty dollar, AU53 PCGS, the 1864-S ten dollar, AU53 NGC, and the elusive 1920-S twenty dollar, MS60 NGC, which escaped an eternity as a gold bar deep within Fort Knox, a fate that befell all but an estimated 75 examples. These and many more coins exemplify Donald's wisdom and passion in his pursuit.

1930-S $20 MS65 PCGS 1930-S $20 MS65 PCGS
1851 LE Humbert Fifty Dollar, Lettered Edge, 880 Thous. MS60 PCGS. K-2 1851 LE Humbert Fifty Dollar, Lettered Edge, 880 Thous. MS60 PCGS. K-2
Among the many additional highlights of this auction are:

This auction is available for bidding now at HA.com/Coins.

About Bently Foundation

Bently Foundation, established by Bay Area entrepreneur Christopher Bently, is an ecologically responsible nonprofit supporting organizations and individuals in the areas of the environment, animal rights, and the arts, based in the communities served by Bently Enterprises. The Foundation, in regards to the environment, aims to educate and motivate sustainable initiatives in the present without compromising the resources of future generations. For the arts, inspiration comes from the Bay Area art scene. The goal is to help incubate, curate, and preserve projects of worth. Giving voice to animals, as they cannot speak for themselves, the Foundation's goal is to help create compassion and empathy through their support of animal welfare organizations.

For more information about Bently Foundation, please visit www.bentlyfoundation.org.

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San Francisco US Coin auction scheduled for March 21-23
1831 25C Small Letters PR66 NGC. 1831 25C Small Letters PR66 NGC.
The auction of The Collection of Donald E. Bently to benefit the Bently Foundation is scheduled for March 20, but our auctions in San Francisco will not end there. March 21 will see the floor sessions of our US Coins Signature Auction, also taking place at the Bently Reserve in downtown San Francisco. A connected live session will take place over the Internet on March 23, exclusively through Heritage Live.

Highlighting this auction is a rare proof 1831 quarter, graded PR66 by NGC. We know of three varieties of 1831 quarters that have been certified as proofs by the major grading services, with this piece the sole B-1 example we're aware of. Recently rediscovered in Europe, this coin was acquired in the mid-19th century by a visiting nobleman, and it remained with his family until it was consigned to our auction.

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

1898 $20 PR64 Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC 1898 $20 PR64 Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC
Bid on this auction now at HA.com/Coins.

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Website Tips: Sorting auction results  
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Above all results, on the right-hand side of the page, you will see a number of different ways to sort. Best Match is the default, but you can sort by Price: Lowest First (if you are looking to buy, but have a budget), Price: Highest First (if you want to see really cool stuff), Alphabetical, Lot Number, or any of a number of other criteria. Just choose the way you wish to sort, and the site will sort for you.

The site now remembers your sort preferences, and keeps your preference for the Bid/Buy side of search separate from your Archive searches. So, if you like to view the least expensive items up for auction and the most expensive items that have already sold, you won't have to reset your sort every visit or every time you switch from Bid/Buy to the Archive.

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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest priced overdates to sell in Heritage auctions, one per issue:
1839/8 $10 Type of 1838 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC
1839/8 $10 Type of 1838 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC

  1. 1839/8 $10 Type of 1838 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. Realized $1,610,000.
  2. 1825/4 $5 AU50 NGC. Realized $690,000.
  3. 1828/7 $5 MS64 NGC. CAC. Realized $632,500.
  4. 1796/5 H10C MS66 PCGS. Realized $345,000.
  5. 1918/7-D 5C MS65 PCGS. Realized $264,500.
  6. 1817/4 50C XF Details ANACS. O-102a. Realized $253,000.
  7. 1798/7 $10 7x6 Stars MS62 PCGS. Realized $218,500.
  8. 1796/5 $5 Small Eagle MS62 NGC. CAC. Realized $207,000.
  9. 1802/1 $1 Wide Date MS64 NGC. CAC. Realized $199,750.
  10. 1815/2 50C MS66+ NGC. O-101. Realized $182,125.
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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:

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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.

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One Of The Rarest Bottles Of Wine In The World, A 1934 Vieux Cepage, May Bring $50,000+

bottle of 1934 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Richebourg Vieux Cepages
A single bottle of 1934 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Richebourg Vieux Cépages, one of the rarest and most important bottles of wine in the world, may bring more than $50,000 when it crosses the block at Heritage Auctions on March 21.

The bottle is being offered as the cover lot of the $3.5+ million Exquisite Collection of a Northeastern Gentleman, only the third time Heritage has offered a single-cellar sale. The auction will take place in Beverly Hills and will be simulcast to a live bidding room in Hong Kong.

"Domaine de la Romanee Conti is widely viewed as the most prestigious winery in the world and this is the rarest wine it has ever produced," said Frank Martell, Director of Fine Wines at Heritage. "If Domaine de la Romanee Conti is Ferrari, then this bottle, from this era, would be the 250GT, and this particular bottling, called Vieux Cepages, would be the 1958 steel-bodied 250GT Long Wheel Base, the very rarest of it's already storied breed."

Vieux Cepages was the title afforded Domaine de la Romanee Conti's oldest Richebourg vines, kept completely apart from the regular cuvee during vinification. With only a few hundred bottles produced, this is indisputably one of the most important and rarest bottles that exists in the centuries long history of the winery.

"Even with unlimited resources it would be virtually impossible to find another bottle of this wine, and it would not come with the stellar provenance our example carries," said Martell. "On a rarity scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10. I can't say unequivocally that this is a once in a lifetime bottle, but it's not too far from that. Top collectors will be taking very careful note of this. Given that buying such aged wine is not for the faint of heart, we're also offering a more modern exceptional rarity, a six-liter bottle of 2002 Romanee Conti, which we expect to sell for $90,000 or better."

The Collection of a Northeastern Gentleman features 861 lots, marking what Heritage experts consider the company's finest and most complete offering to date. Among the choice names on offer will be various best in class vintages of Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Haut Brion, Latour, Comte de Vogue Bonnes Mares and Musigny, 18 Jeroboam and 12 Methuselah from DRC, 21 vintages of Roumier Bonnes Mares, Leroy, Ponsot, Coche Dury, Ramonet, Dom Perignon, Krug, Cristal, Philipponnat, Gaja, Araujo, Bryant, Colgin, Insignia and Shafer and much more.

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Rare Dracula Three Sheet Movie Poster May Scare Up Big Results At Heritage Auctions

Dracula (Universal, R-1947). Three Sheet
The only known copy of an almost 7-foot-tall movie poster for the 1947 reissue of Dracula could sell for $40,000 when it crosses the block March 22-23 in Heritage Auctions' Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction in Dallas. The fearsome three sheet poster showing a lecherous Bela Lugosi ready to strike his next victim highlights more than 1,200 unique lots of movie monsters, stunning heroines, and a cache of rare silent movie posters discovered above an Ohio garage.

"This auction has mystery, intrigue, and hidden treasure — and we're not talking about the movies!" said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage. "Many of the posters offered are appearing at auction for the first time and some were just recently discovered in an attic above a garage in Ohio."

King Kong (RKO, 1933). French Double Grande Style A
A king-sized French double grande for RKO's 1933 classic King Kong vibrantly depicts the hulking super-ape attempting to roll a band of intrepid explorers off a moss-covered log. Fresh, bright colors immortalize one of the film's iconic scenes on a poster that spans more than 5 feet high by more than 7 feet wide and which is expected to sell for $40,000+. It is one of two Kong posters in the auction, the other being a Style B French grande poster, cast in Rene Peron's signature art deco style, which may sell for $15,000+.

Another Fine Mess (MGM, 1930). One Sheet
A rare one sheet for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's 1930 signature short Another Fine Mess is considered one of the finest known to exist and is expected to sell for $25,000+. "One sheets for short subjects are as scarce as hen's teeth," Smith said. "Most theaters didn't want to spend the money to promote a short that was basically tacked on to a full feature so the one sheets that do exist are extremely scarce and desirable."

A one sheet for Cimarron, RKO's 1931 big budget Western comes to auction with provenance from The Berwick Discovery of Lost Movie Posters, a trove of posters discovered in an attic in Berwick, Pa. in early 2012. The Cimarron poster features glorious art by Frederic C. Madan and is expected to sell for $20,000 as the previous copy sold for more than $100,000.

His Birthright (Haworth Pictures Corp., 1918). One Sheet
Speaking of rare finds, a collection of rare posters that were discovered earlier this year hidden above a garage in Troy, Ohio, are expected to bring more than $12,000. The posters were produced by the Strobridge Litho Co. for a variety of silent films and events between 1895 and 1918. The stash includes two rare one sheets for His Birthright and The Temple of Dusk, both starring Sessue Hayakawa, the first Japanese American actor to find stardom in the United States and Europe. Also in the trove are four, 1890s Barnum and Bailey circus posters, including a rare German language poster, and a crisp promotional poster of boxer James J. Corbett, aka "Gentleman Jim," valued at $1,500.

The auction also features original poster artwork by artist Mike Bryan, whose photo realist paintings breathed life into the signature images used on the poster for Orion's Platoon, in 1986, and RoboCop, in 1987. The art was created using a sophisticated combination of airbrush, ink, and colored pencil on a blueprint ghosted image from a photograph on paper. Bryan's paintings enjoy a solid place in modern pop culture. Both make their auction debut with an $8,000+ and $10,000+ estimate, respectively.

More information about Vintage Movie Poster auctions.

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Instant Quiz

1. Which of the following is not known as a Maryland colonial issue?
       A) Penny
       B) Threepence
       C) Fourpence
       D) Sixpence
       E) Shilling

2. Some Gobrecht dollars have the inscription "C. Gobrecht F." below Liberty's base. What does the F stand for?
       A) Fecit
       B) Franklin
       C) Fugio
       D) James Fraser
       E) Laura Gardin Fraser

Last week's question:

1. When did the words "Half Dollar" first appear on the reverse of the 50 cent piece?
Correct Answer: E) 1892 (24%).

2. What was the first year of the Platinum American Eagle?
Correct Answer: D) 1997 (36%).

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Is it Time to Sell?
Heritage is once again, proud to announce that they are the Official Auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo. Now in its 50th year, Long Beach has proven time and again to be the venue to choose when it is time to consign your collection. The market for numismatics remains solid, proven by the recent ANA Signature Auction held in Atlanta, GA showing total prices realized at nearly $15 million.

To consign to Heritage's Signature auction held during the Golden anniversary of this lauded convention, contact Heritage today to join in on this momentous event. The June Long Beach coin consignment deadline is April 22nd. Please call one of our Consignment Directors at 800-USCOINS (872-6467) ext. 1000 (Coins) or ext. 1001 (Currency) to begin your consignment experience.

June 5 - 8 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: April 22, 2014

David Mayfield
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1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

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