Highlights Include Exceptional 1854 Type II Gold Dollar in NGC MS-68 and
1920-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle in NGC MS-63
IRVINE, Calif. – Bowers and Merena Auctions, America's leading rare coin auction house, returns as Official Auctioneer of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention, with the next auction scheduled for June 4-7, 2008, at the Baltimore Convention Center. This is the second of three official Baltimore auctions by Bowers and Merena in 2008, continuing their longstanding and ongoing association with the convention.
The auction boasts more than 3,000 coin and currency lots and an impressive list of highlights. Topping the list is Lot 3544, a captivating 1854 Type II Gold Dollar rarity certified MS-68 by NGC that is tied with only one other NGC MS-68 as the finest-known 1854 Type II Gold Dollar. This particular specimen possesses razor sharp detail throughout and is perfectly complemented by exceptionally smooth, virtually pristine surfaces. Also worthy of note are Lot 3980, a choice uncirculated 1920-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle certified MS-63 by NGC, considered to be a legendary condition rarity in the Saint-Gaudens Series; and Lot 3733, a beautiful near-gem 1801 Capped Bust Right Eagle, BD-2, HBCC-3194, Taraszka-25, Rarity-2, certified MS-64 by PCGS.
Leading the list of extraordinary currency highlights are Lot 2537, a Fr. 114. 1901 $10 Legal Tender Note. PCGS Very Fine 30PPQ. S/N 1; and Lot 2630, a Fr. 282. 1923 $5 Silver Certificate Star Note. PCGS Superb Gem New 67PPQ.
“Every trip to Baltimore is a much-anticipated event for us at Bowers and Merena,” said Steve Deeds, president. “There is such a strong contingent of coin and currency enthusiasts at every show and we go to great lengths to bring the best selection possible for our auctions. This June auction is no exception, very strong across the board with a wide variety of quality pieces for all interests and all levels of collecting.”
Additional coin highlights include:
1926-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-65 (NGC).
1918-D Mercury Dime. MS-66 FB (NGC).
1867 Shield Nickel. Rays. Proof-65 (PCGS).
1799 Capped Bust Right Eagle. BD-7, HBCC-3188, Taraszka-19. Rarity-3. Small Stars Obverse. MS-63 (PCGS).
1804 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle. BD-7, HBCC-3083, Miller-59. Rarity-4. Small 8/Large 8. MS-64 (NGC).
1969-S Lincoln Cent. FS-028. Doubled Die Obverse. AU-58 (PCGS).
1860 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. Proof-65 Cameo (NGC).
1937-D Buffalo Nickel. FS-020.2. 3-Legged. MS-66 (NGC).
1896 Morgan Silver Dollar. Proof-68 * Ultra Cameo (NGC).
1876-CC Liberty Half Eagle. Winter 1-A, the only known dies. MS-61 (NGC).
1918-D Lincoln Cent. MS-66 RD (PCGS).
1913 Lincoln Cent. MS-67 RD (PCGS).
1892-S Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-62 (PCGS).
1919-D Mercury Dime. MS-65 FB (NGC).
1813 Capped Bust Half Eagle. BD-2, HBCC-3126, Miller-120. Rarity-4. MS-64 (PCGS).
Additional currency highlights include:
Fr. 242. 1886 $2 Silver Certificate. PCGS Superb Gem New 68PPQ.
Fr. 314. 1886 $20 Silver Certificate. PMG Choice Extremely Fine 45.
Fr. 118. 1901 $10 Legal Tender Note. PMG Gem Uncirculated 65EPQ.
Fr. 1215. 1922 $100 Gold Certificate. PCGS Gem New 65PPQ.
Fr. 249. 1899 $2 Silver Certificate. PCGS Superb Gem New 68PPQ.
Fr. 40. 1923 $1 Legal Tender Note. PCGS Superb Gem New 68PPQ.
Fr. 768. 1918 $2 Federal Reserve Bank Note. PCGS Choice New 63PPQ.
Fr. 370. 1891 $10 Treasury Note. PCGS Superb Gem New 67.
Newark, OH. $2 Original Series. Fr. 387. The FNB. Charter #858. Choice Crisp Uncirculated.
Fr. 1180. 1905 $20 Gold Certificate. PMG Very Fine 30.
Fr. 335. $50 1891 Silver Certificate. PCGS Extremely Fine 40.
All lots and images in the Bowers and Merena Official Auction of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention can be viewed online at www.bowersandmerena.com, and printed catalogs are available upon request by calling 800.458.4646.
Bidding will open in mid-May. Pre-auction bids are welcome at www.bowersandmerena.com; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by phone at 800.458.4646; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by postal mail addressed to Bowers and Merena, Baltimore Auction June 2008, 18061 Fitch, Irvine, CA, 92614. Interested bidders are also encouraged to bid in-person at the live auction June 4-7, 2008, or live online through the Bowers and Merena website. A complete auction and lot viewing schedule is available at www.bowersandmerena.com or by calling 800.458.4646.
Bowers and Merena Auctions was founded in 1983 and has grown to become the world’s preeminent numismatic auctioneer with more than half a billion dollars in rare coin and currency sales. Bowers and Merena has handled four of the five most valuable United States coin collections ever sold, including the Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. Collection, the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, the Garrett Collection for The Johns Hopkins University, and the Norweb Collection.
For more information about Bowers and Merena and the Official Auction of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention in June, call 800.458.4646. For media inquiries, ask for President Steve Deeds. Complete prices realized for all past auctions are available at www.bowersandmerena.com.