Stacks Bowers Galleries Official U.S. and World Baltimore Auction Realizes Nearly $17 Million

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / November 20, 2012

IRVINE, Calif. (November 2012) — Stack’s Bowers Galleries realized an impressive $16,791,184 with 10 U.S. and world sessions conducted at the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo November 13-17, 2012. The entire auction saw nearly 10,000 lots cross the block, including 5,914 lots of U.S. coins and exonumia, 1,098 lots of U.S. currency, plus 2,970 lots of world coins and currency.

“Our November 2012 Baltimore Auction drew a huge crowd of bidders and strong prices realized for U.S. and world coin and currency lots,” said Chris Napolitano, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. “Our lot viewing sessions were completely full from start to finish, and competition between bidders was exceptional in all sessions. Many premium quality U.S. coins brought considerable prices realized, especially pieces from The Ted L. Craige Collection, The John “Jack” Royse Collection, and The Elmer C. Welden Collection.”

One of the most exciting lots sold was the 1652 New England sixpence. The extremely rare American coin was discovered in February 1990 as Lillian Rade searched through a frozen potato field in East Hampton, N.Y. The incredible discovery made national news and was even covered by “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not,” which illustrated the coin and told its remarkable story in a December 11, 1991 feature. The coin was then sold in 1991 for $35,000. Twenty-one years later, the same coin was available for sale at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Early American Coin session held in cooperation with the Colonial Coin Collectors Club, and sold for a record-breaking amount of $431,250.

In addition to the 1652 New England sixpence, other U.S. coins and currency highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo sale include: 

• Lot 2036. 1798 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. Small Eagle. B-2. BB-81. Rarity-3. BB Die State II. 15 Stars on Obverse. VF-35 (PCGS). CAC.From The Carl and Josephine Legacy Collection. Realized $14,188

• Lot 3048. 1867 Shield Nickel. Rays. Proof-65 (PCGS). OGH. Realized $54,625

• Lot 3068. 1839 Liberty Seated Half Dime. No Drapery. V-2. Repunched Date. Proof-65 Cameo (PCGS). Secure Holder. Realized $54,625

• Lot 3118. 1919-S Standing Liberty Quarter. MS-67 FH (PCGS). From The Just Having Fun Collection. Realized $184,000

• Lot 3138. 1796 Draped Bust Half Dollar. Small Eagle. O-102. 16 Stars. Fine-12 (PCGS). Realized $69,000

• Lot 3169. 1799/8 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. B-3, BB-141. Rarity-3. BB Die State III. 15-Star Reverse. MS-64 (PCGS). Secure Holder.Realized $120,750

• Lot 3280. 1898 Liberty Half Eagle. Proof-67 Deep Cameo (PCGS). CAC. From The Elmer C. Welden Collection. Realized $92,000

• Lot 3281. 1908 Indian Half Eagle. Proof-65 (PCGS). CAC. Realized $57,500

• Lot 3285. 1929 Indian Half Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC. From The Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Realized $63,250

• Lot 3286. 1799 Capped Bust Right Eagle. Taraszka-22, BD-10. Rarity-3. Large Obverse Stars. MS-63+ (PCGS). CAC. From The Elmer C. Welden Collection. Realized $80,500

• Lot 3287. 1799 Capped Bust Right Eagle. Taraszka-22, BD-10. Rarity-3. Large Obverse Stars. MS-63 (PCGS). Realized $54,625

• Lot 3295. 1892 Liberty Eagle. Proof-65 Cameo (PCGS). Realized $53,188

• Lot 4188. Obsolete Notes. Uxbridge, Massachusetts. Blackstone Bank. ND (186X). $20. Choice About Uncirculated. Realized $7,638

• Lot 4250. Obsolete Notes. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Wyoming Bank At Wilkes-Barre. ND (186x). $5. Choice About Uncirculated. Proof. Realized $3,055

• Lot 4346. Early Treasury Notes. TN-8P. ND (181x). Act Of December 26, 1814. $100. Proof. PMG Choice Uncirculated 63 Net. Previously Mounted. Realized $12,650 

• Lot 4354. Early Treasury Notes. TN-16. March 25, 1815. Act Of February 24, 1815. $3. Remainder. PMG Choice About Uncirculated 58. Realized $25,300

• Lot 4355. Large Size. Fr. 3. 1861 $5 Demand Note. PCGS Very Fine 30 PPQ. Realized $12,925

• Lot 4470. Large Size. Fr. 268. 1896 $5 Silver Certificates. PCGS Gem New 66 PPQ. Realized $24,150

• Lot 4488. Large Size. Fr. 311. 1880 $20 Silver Certificates. PMG Very Fine 30 EPQ. Realized $18,400

• Lot 4669. Small Size. Fr. 2404. 1928 $50 Gold Certificates. PMG Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ. Realized $5,750

• Lot 6001. Undated (1616) Sommer Islands Sixpence. BAM Type I, W-11445. Large Portholes. VF-20 (PCGS). From The John “Jack” Royse Collection. Realized $86,250

• Lot 6002. Undated (1652) Massachusetts Bay Colony NE Sixpence. Noe 1-A, W-10. Rarity-7. VF Details–Damage or Tooling (PCGS).From The John “Jack” Royse Collection. Realized $431,250

• Lot 6020. 1670-A French Colonies 5 Sols. Paris Mint. EF-40 (PCGS). From The John “Jack” Royse Collection. Realized $18,400

• Lot 6056. 1797 Excelsior Copper. W-5790. George Clinton. Fine-15 (PCGS). From The John “Jack” Royse Collection. Realized $218,500

• Lot 6148. Undated (Circa 1663-1672) St. Patrick or Mark Newby Farthing. Breen-210, W-11520. Silver. Nothing Below King. AU-58+ (PCGS). From The Ted L. Craige Collection. Realized $80,500

• Lot 6245. 1721-B French Colonies Sou, or 9 Deiners. Rouen Mint. W-11825. VF-20 (PCGS). From The Ted L. Craige Collection.Realized $23,000

• Lot 6413. 1783 John Chalmers Shilling. W-1785. Short Worm. EF-40 (PCGS). CAC. Realized $21,150

• Lot 6720. 1817 New Spain (Texas) Jola, or 1/2 Real. VF-20 (PCGS). Secure Holder. Realized $41,125

• Lot 6768. 1787 Fugio Copper. Pointed Rays. Newman 1-Z, W-6610. Rarity-7. Obverse Cross After Date, No Cinquefoils, Label with Raised Rims, STATES UNITED. EF Details–Altered Surfaces (PCGS). From The Rob Retz Family Collection. Realized $18,400

World coins and currency highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2012 Baltimore Auction include:

• Lot 10401. GREAT BRITAIN. Crown, 1697. PCGS EF-40 Secure Holder. Realized $7,461

• Lot 10635. PUERTO RICO. 20 Centavos, 1895-PGV. NGC MS-65. Realized $7,475

• Lot 10762. VENEZUELA. 2 1/2 Centavo, 1877. PCGS MS-64. Secure Holder. Realized $5,346

• Lot 11447. MEXICO. Revolution. Guerrero, Suriana. 2 Pesos, 1915. NGC AU-58. Realized $27,600

• Lot 12025. BRAZIL. 1,600 Reis, 1782-B. PCGS Genuine–Surface Damage, AU Details Secure Holder. Realized $13,512

• Lot 12548. CANADA. Royal Bank of Canada. $5, 3.1. 1938, P-S161. Realized $5,581

• Lot 12566. COSTA RICA. Banco Nacional de Costa Rica. 10 Colones, 5.6. 1940. P-205a. Realized $2,174

• Lot 12599. FRENCH INDO-CHINA. Banque de L’Indo Chine. 1,000 Piastres, ND (1951). P-84s1. Realized $5,288

• Lot 12677. JAPAN. Bank of Japan. 1,000 Yen, ND (1945). P-45. Realized $4,700

• Lot 12735. NEW ZEALAND. Reserve Bank of New Zealand. 50 Pounds, ND (1956-67). P-162c. Realized $3,819

For a complete list of prices realized in the November 2012 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, visit or call 949.253.0916.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will continue its tenure as the only official auctioneer of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, and will return to Baltimore in March for the next Official Auction. To consign U.S. coins to the March 2013 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, the May 2013 ANA New Orleans National Money Show or the Official Auction of the ANA Chicago 2013 World’s Fair of Money, please call 800.458.4646 (West Coast) or 800.566.2580 (East Coast). To consign world coins and currency to our April 2013 Hong Kong Auction or the Official Auction of the ANA Chicago 2013 World’s Fair of Money, please call800.458.4646 (West Coast) or 800.566.2580 (East Coast).


About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International Inc., combines 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 preeminent 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, Sr. 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 that 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 2013 ANA World’s Fair of Money and the ANA/PNG Pre-Show, the 2013 ANA National Money Show, and the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, three times yearly. 


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