IRVINE, Calif. (June 2012) — Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducted the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo on June 27-29, an impressive sale that realized $10,929,460! The auction featured coins from several major collections, including the Land of Smiles Collection of Liberty Nickels, Selections from the Anne Kate Collection, the Winecrest Collection Part II, the Walking Liberty Tribute Collection, and much more.
The Land of Smiles Collection of Liberty Nickels saw enthusiastic bidding as collectors and dealers alike vied for the beautiful, top-of-the-pop coins in this collection. Highlights included a beautifully toned 1888 example graded MS-66 by PCGS and awarded a green CAC sticker. Among the top finest certified examples of the date, this lovely Superb Gem climbed to a remarkable $23,000. Lot 2357 offered an unbelievable 1905 example in the amazing grade of Proof-68 (PCGS) CAC, the only example of this date certified at that level by PCGS. That coin sold for a hefty $29,375.
U.S. gold coins featured some truly spectacular coins, like the MCMVII (1907) Ultra High Relief double eagle offered as lot 4438. The finest certified by PCGS in the absolutely stunning grade of Proof-69, this Superb Gem rarity sold for $2,760,000, placing it at number 7 among the top 10 auction prices realized for a U.S. coin. Also offered among U.S. gold coins was a breathtaking 1879 Flowing Hair four-dollar gold Stella. The solo finest graded at either service in Proof-68 Ultra Cameo (NGC), this coin sold for a strong $411,250.
Highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2012 Baltimore Sale include:
- Lot 400, MCMI (1901) Pan-American Exposition Special Medal of Honor to Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Bronze. 91.3 mm. By James Earle Fraser. Unc. From the Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Collection. Realized $9,400
- Lot 1049, Undated (Circa 1780) Rhode Island Ship Medal. Betts-562, W-1730. Without Wreath Below Ship. Brass. MS-63 (PCGS). CAC. Realized $11,750
- Lot 1152, 1787 Vermont Copper. RR-15, Bressett 9-I, W-2060. Rarity-6. Bust Left. AG-3 (PCGS). Realized $8,812
- Lot 1154, Undated (Circa 1785) Bar Copper. W-8520. AU-58 BN (NGC). Realized $18,400
- Lot 1203, Undated (Possibly Circa 1793) Washington Success Medal. Large Size. Baker-266B, W-10920. Silvered Brass. Plain Edge. MS-62 (PCGS). CAC. Realized $8,625
- Lot 1280, 1937 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Proof-68 (PCGS). From the Walking Liberty Tribute Collection. Realized $14,100
- Lot 2283, 1867 Shield Nickel. Rays. Proof-66 (PCGS). OGH. Realized $70,500
- Lot 2317, 1888 Liberty Nickel. MS-66 (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. From the Land of Smiles Collection. Realized $23,000
- Lot 2331, 1895 Liberty Nickel. Proof-67 Cameo (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. From the Land of Smiles Collection. Realized $26,438
- Lot 2350, 1902 Liberty Nickel. MS-67+ (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. From the Land of Smiles Collection. Realized $29,375
- Lot 2357, 1905 Liberty Nickel. Proof-68 (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. From the Land of Smiles Collection. Realized $29,375
- Lot 2580, 1847 Liberty Seated Quarter. Proof-65 (PCGS). Realized $30,550
- Lot 3056, 1871-CC Liberty Seated Silver Dollar. EF-45 (PCGS). CAC. Realized $29,375
- Lot 3218, 1895 Morgan Silver Dollar. Proof-64 Cameo (PCGS). CAC. Realized $55,813
- Lot 4127, 1827 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-1, the only known dies. Rarity-5. MS-65 (NGC). Realized $92,000
- Lot 4134, 1839-D Classic Quarter Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS). Realized $41,125
- Lot 4265, 1879 Four-Dollar Gold Stella. Flowing Hair. Judd-1635, Pollock-1833. Rarity-3. Gold (standard alloy). Reeded Edge. Proof-68 Ultra Cameo (NGC). Realized $411,250
- Lot 4336, 1929 Indian Half Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS). From the Truckee Meadows Collection. Realized $52,875
- Lot 4377, 1907 Liberty Eagle. Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS). Realized $49,938
- Lot 4438, MCMVII (1907) Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. Ultra High Relief. Lettered Edge. Proof-69 (PCGS). Realized $2,760,000
Looking ahead to next month, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to be the Official Auctioneer of the August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World’s Fair of Money! Please join us from August 2-11 as we auction several landmark collections at this incredible event. The auction will offer unparalleled opportunities to bid on items from important collections like the Battle Born Collection, the Just Having Fun Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters, the Watermelon Collection, and much more. Visit StacksBowers.com, our microsite that is dedicated exclusively to the ANA sale, to view more details about featured coins and collections.
For a complete list of prices realized in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2012 Baltimore Auction, visit StacksBowers.com or call at 800.458.4646. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is currently accepting consignments for the Official Auction of the November 2012 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. To consign contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries at 800.458.4646 (West Coast office) or 800.566.2580 (East Coast office), or by email at [email protected].
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International Inc., was launched in January 2011, combining the extraordinary histories of Stack’s, the oldest rare coin auction and retail company in America, with Bowers and Merena Auctions, one of the world’s pre-eminent auctioneers of rare coins and paper money. The two companies unite to share a combined legacy that spans more than 100 years, and includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable collections to ever cross an auction block – the John. J. Ford, Jr. and Louis E. Eliasberg collections, the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, and the Norweb Collection, to name just a few. Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the legendary 1933 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle which realized an astounding $7.59 million (sold in partnership with Sotheby’s). The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, New Hampshire and Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including the ANA World’s Fair of Money pre-show and convention auctions, and the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expos in Baltimore, three times yearly, and Philadelphia.