$6 Million Sells at
Summer FUN — over 99% sold by value and by number of lots
One of the finest known 1876 twenty cent pieces
led the results as Heritage's July 6-9 auction in Orlando realized
nearly $6 million. This auction was held in conjunction with the
summer convention of Florida United Numismatists. All prices
include a 17.5% Buyer's Premium.
Leading the way with a sale price of $88,125 was the aforementioned
1876 twenty cent
piece, a stunning example graded MS67 by PCGS. This ill-fated
twenty cent denomination lasted only four years, and only four
circulation strike issues (1875, 1875-CC, 1875-S, and 1876) are
generally considered collectible. This coin is exceeded in grade by
a sole MS67+ example at the two major grading services.
A 1893-S dollar graded AU55 by
PCGS brought a price of $38,796.15 when the final hammer fell.
This date is the well-known key among the heavily collected
circulation strike Morgan dollar series, and a high quality choice
AU coin like this piece is not out of place in an otherwise Mint
The high relief MCMVII (1907)
double eagle is a tremendous example of the engraver's art, in
high demand in any grade. These coins were an accurate
representation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' vision for American
coinage, but only about twelve thousand were struck before the
relief was drastically lowered. A Wire Rim example of the high
relief double eagle, graded MS64 by PCGS, sold for $32,900 in the
Additional highlights of this auction include but are not limited
to the following:
Our next auction of US coins is scheduled to open very soon at
- 1916-D 10C MS64 Full Bands
NGC. Realized $25,850.
- 1652 Pine Tree Shilling,
Large Planchet, Reversed N, MS64 NGC. Realized $24,675.
- 1976 SWO-521Aa National
Bicentennial Medal PR64 NGC. Realized $23,500.
- 1806 25C B-9, MS63 PCGS.
Gold CAC. Realized $23,500.
- 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire
Rim MS64 PCGS. Realized $23,500.
- 1911-D $5 MS62+ PCGS.
CAC. Realized $22,325.
- 1866 $20 Motto MS62
PCGS. Realized $21,150.
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A World of Money: A
Fabulous "Fine Work" 5 Guineas
Our ANA auction of world and
ancient coins features a fabulous 1701 "Fine Work" five guinea
coin awarded the MS64 grade by NGC, reflecting a state of
preservation that will excite even the most discerning collector.
The obvious focal point — the superbly engraved portrait of the
King — is nothing less than exquisite in its soaring, high-relief
execution. From there, the blooming fields are set aglow in
original luster that carries the eye to the outer register, where
the deeply defined legends and beaded rims provide the perfect
frame for this specimen. The presence of pinscratches that reside
near the legend and extend from the King's name to above his head
are likely all that prevent the Gem designation, and two of the
beads below the King's long locks are flawed, which will serve as a
future identifier. Despite the near-flawless obverse, the reverse
may actually be the star of this piece. Cartwheeling luster
immediately introduces a level of sophistication, sweeping the
surfaces in a golden glow, and purposefully highlighting the
impressed images and fresh expanses, all the while proving that
this coin has managed to escape any real instances of handling. The
whole of this specimen is sheathed in the most glorious, golden
hue, and along with its impeccable technical quality and stunning
metal texture, has been awarded with the title of the
finest-certified example of the type, making it a clear candidate
for center-placement in its next cabinet.
William, Prince of Orange, touched English soil on November 5,
1689, as the Catholic king James II (a convert from Protestantism)
fled to France. James' new religious alliance with the church at
Rome was cause for national unrest, and potential civil war.
Instead, what occurred was the Glorious Revolution, a bloodless
affair. On January 28, 1690, Parliament declared to all that the
throne had been vacated. What followed was a formal Declaration of
Rights giving legal supremacy to Parliament, and acceptance of the
terms of accession by the prince.
On the death of Queen Mary at the very end of December 1694,
William ruled alone for the first time. His silver coinage and
small gold commenced in 1695, but the first large gold pieces were
minted in 1699. The first 5 Guineas varied greatly on the reverse
from the coins issued by him with Mary, essentially reverting to
the cruciform style seen on the gold of Charles II. The king's
portrait was shallowly engraved.
And then Isaac Newton came to the
mint in 1696. His scientific mind brought discipline to the
bookkeeping and he attended to the coinage designs as few had
before him. At the end of December 1699, Newton succeeded to the
post of "master worker" or coining chief at the Royal Mint. Newton
had no use for the aging mint engravers, the Roettiers. He favored
a young assistant named James Bull, and then the German engraver of
great talent, John Croker. At first, he set to simply re-engraving
dies made by Roettiers, producing the famous "Flaming Hair"
shillings in 1698-99. The King's portrait seen on those shillings
bears an uncanny resemblance to the so-called "Fine Work" busts
used on the 5 Guineas and 2 Guineas of 1701. The mint's own records
are vague. James Bull may have contributed some effort to the
creation of this portrait but the master engraver seems to have
been Croker. Similar flourishes of engraving ingenuity are to be
found on any number of medals of the period known to have been made
by Croker, most of them signed by him.
Newton's first indenture, or commission to produce coin, occurred
on December 23, 1700. He had taken a particular interest in the
fineness of English gold as compared to the French and Spanish gold
commonly seen in commerce in England. No record exists specifying
that Newton directed Croker to produce the dies used to mint this
5-Guinea coin, of superlative design and gold quality, but the
dates of involvement at the mint by both men strongly suggest how
this fabulous coin came to be.
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Website Tips: Phone
|If you've ever been to a Heritage Signature auction,
you've probably noticed people near the front of the room, hard at
work during the floor session taking bids over the phone from
people all around the country and sometimes around the world. Now,
there is a way to sign up for this service without leaving your
On the individual item page for each lot where phone bidding is
available, you will see a button immediately below the bid box with
a link that says "Request to Phone Bid". To sign up, simply click
on the link.
This will bring up a new page, where you will enter the phone
number where you can be reached the day of the auction. This will
allow us to contact you before the auction to best help you bid on
— or even pass on — the lot you want.
We recommend that phone bidding be used in conjunction with a proxy
bid from the Heritage website. We will have the amount of any proxy
bids you might have placed from the Heritage website available, in
order to ensure that you cannot bid against yourself. Indeed, it is
common for people who have signed up for phone bidding to be on the
phone with a Heritage representative when their Internet proxy bid
wins the lot!
Please note also that phone bidding is not necessarily available
for all lots. The auction must include a floor session, of course,
but there is often a minimum dollar amount for the item. For coins,
phone bidding is limited to lots valued in excess of $4000, as
determined by the current bid. Other Heritage venues will vary;
please check the lot you are interested in to find out more.
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The ten highest valued W-mint US coins to
sell in Heritage auctions, one per issue:
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Send it to us!
- 1995-W $1 Silver Eagle PR70 Deep
Cameo PCGS. Realized $41,125.
- 2006-W $100 One-Ounce Platinum
Eagle, First Strike PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Realized
- 1999-W $10 Quarter-Ounce Gold
Eagle, Unfinished Proof Dies, FS-401, MS70 PCGS. Realized
- 2015-W $100 High Relief
One-Ounce Gold, .9999 Fine, First Strike, Moy Signature, MS70
Prooflike PCGS. Realized $11,162.
- 1990-W G$50 One-Ounce Gold Eagle
PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Realized $10,925.
- 2008-W $100 One-Ounce Platinum
Eagle, First Strike PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Realized $9,987.
- 2007-W $100 One-Ounce
Platinum Eagle, First Strike PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Realized
- 1995-W G$50 One-Ounce Gold Eagle
PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Realized $9,775.
- 2006-W $50 One-Ounce Gold Eagle,
First Strike PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Realized $9,400.
- 2008-W $50 One-Ounce Gold
Buffalo, First Strike PR70 Deep Cameo PCGS. Realized
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The KoKo Collection: An Astounding
Assortment of Mystery & Detective Literature
Dashiell Hammett's Red
Harvest (est. $30,000) is expected to be the leading
feature in The KoKo Collection, part of the September 14 Rare Books
Auction at Heritage Auctions. Drawing on his experience as a
Pinkerton operative, Hammett's momentous debut novel, published in
1929, defined the archetype for the literary private investigator.
Also offered is Hammett's 1930 follow-up, The Maltese Falcon (est.
$20,000), his most popular work and among the most beloved of the
genre, thanks in no small part to Humphrey Bogart's brilliant turn
as Sam Spade in John Huston's 1941 cinematic adaptation.
"The KoKo Collection will mark the auction debut of several
historically important novels," said James Gannon, Director of Rare
Books. "A collection like this only comes along once in a lifetime
and indeed required a lifetime to assemble."
The collection features several books by authors who, like Hammett,
wrote for the hard-boiled pulp magazine Black Mask. Perhaps
the most famous of these authors, Raymond Chandler, has several
works featured in the sale, including a presentation copy of his
last masterpiece, The Long Good-Bye (1954) (est. $4,000).
More Black Mask contributors crossing the auction block will
be Paul Cain with his tough-as-nails Fast One from 1934
(est. $4,000) and Raoul Whitfield with his 1930 uncommon debut
Green Ice (est. $2,000).
The enduring popularity of crime literature owes no small debt to
the frequency of successful film adaptions made during the
Classical Hollywood era, and The KoKo Collection includes several
of these landmark books into film. Little Caesar by W.R. Burnett
(est. $3,000), published in 1929 and adapted two years later,
provided the standard by which all gangster portrayals are judged
with Edgar G. Robinson's Rico. The nearly impossible to find If
I Die Before I Wake (1938) by Sherwood King (est. $2,500),
served as the source for Orson Welles's The Lady from
Few writers' bodies of work provided as many beloved films as
Cornell Woolrich's. His cycle of "Black" novels were adapted by the
likes of Jacques Tourneur and François Truffaut; among the
available Woolrich titles is a copy of The Black Curtain (1941, adapted
as Street of Chance the next year), inscribed by the
notorious recluse (est. $3,000).
More information about Rare Book
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An exciting consignment opportunity presents
itself, as Heritage proudly presents four auctions on September
6-12 in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles
Expo. Heritage's Long Beach auctions have been fixtures, in
conjunction with Long Beach coin shows, for literally decades.
These auctions have a long-established record of attracting eager
bidders and producing strong sale results for consignors. And we
expect this pattern to continue.
You can personally benefit from Heritage's connections to buyers
from around the world and sell your coins alongside the millions of
dollars of rare, desirable and important offerings that have
already been consigned.
The consignment deadlines – July 10 for World and Ancient coins,
July 17 for Currency, and July 24 for US coins – will be here
before you know it. Call our Consignment Hotline at 1-800-872-6467
September 6-11 Long Beach
Expo US Coins Signature Auction
Consignment Deadline: July 24, 2017
September 6-12 Long Beach
Expo Currency Signature Auction
Consignment Deadline: July 17, 2017
September 6-12 Long Beach
Expo World Currency Signature Auction
Consignment Deadline: July 17, 2017
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