Stacks Bowers Galleries Breaks Multiple Auction Records to Realize More Than $46 Million in Chicago as Official ANA Auctioneer

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / August 19, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. – Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducted the Official Auction of the August 2013 ANA World’s Fair of Money from August 11-16 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Fourteen live auction sessions and two Internet-only sessions brought the total sales to a staggering $46,483,309. Some of the most famous names in numismatics were represented in this sale, with pieces from the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, the Thos. H. Law Collection, the Richard Jewell Collection, the Bentley Shores Collection, the Dr. Edward and Joanne Dauer Collection of Silver Certificates, the Demarete Collection, and others, all offered throughout this amazing event.

Significant highlights abounded in all numismatic areas, and the sections of U.S. coins featured a number of important lots, including several record-breakers. Lot 4043 showcased an incredible 1792 half disme graded MS-66 by PCGS. Pedigreed back to the Judd and Hayes collections, as well as back to David Rittenhouse, the first director of the United States Mint, this amazing piece of history fetched a whopping $793,125 when it crossed the block during our Rarities Night event on Thursday evening.

Morgan dollars featured a number of notable pieces, including an amazing 1889-CC graded MS-68 by PCGS, making it the finest certified example of the date by three points. In addition to impeccable condition, this coin also boasts a fabulous pedigree, which includes the collections of John G. Mills, John H. Clapp, Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., and Jack Lee. This coin was hotly contested and eventually sold for an impressive $881,250 after active bidding.

U.S. gold coins were highlighted by the wonderful Bentley Shores Collection of Indian Eagles, a complete and definitive collection of superb pieces. The collection contained not one but two examples of the famous 1907 Rolled Rim, Periods! The first was graded MS-67 (PCGS) and sold for an incredible $470,000, and the second example in PCGS MS-66+ brought $329,000.

“This was our third consecutive Official ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction and our most successful ANA auction to date in terms of prices realized,” said Brian Kendrella, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. “It is always an honor and privilege to work with the American Numismatic Association and to be part of this tremendous annual show, and we are proud to be able to present such a vast and diverse catalog of historic numismatic items to our bidders at the auction and around the world.”

U.S. coin highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries 2013 Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money include:

  • Lot 1008, "1781" (1782) Libertas Americana Medal. Bronze. Betts-615. MS-65 BN (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. Realized $58,750
  • Lot 1035, 1801 Thomas Jefferson Indian Peace Medal. Small Size. Silver Shells. Julian IP-4. Choice About Uncirculated. From the Charles W. Wharton Collection. Realized $117,500
  • Lot 1080, 1801 Thomas Jefferson Indian Peace Medal. First Size. Silver Shells. Julian IP-2. Choice Very Fine. Ex: F.C.C. Boyd Estate. Realized $246,750
  • Lot 1340, 1787 Fugio Copper. Club Rays. Newman 5-F. Rarity-7. Concave Ends, UNITED STATES. VF Details (PCGS). From the Robert Ayers Collection. Realized $35,250
  • Lot 2258, 1921-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS). CAC. From the George Edward Collection. Realized $108,688
  • Lot 4019, 1793 Wreath Cent. S-9. Vine and Bars Edge. MS-69 BN (PCGS). Realized $481,750
  • Lot 4043, 1792 Half Disme. MS-66 (PCGS). Ex: Rittenhouse-Judd-Hayes. Realized $793,125
  • Lot 4245, 1878-S Liberty Seated Half Dollar. MS-63 (PCGS). CAC. From the Richard Jewell Collection. Realized $164,500
  • Lot 4305, 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. B-1. VF-35 (PCGS). Secure Holder. Realized $211,500
  • Lot 4357, 1850-O Liberty Seated Silver Dollar. MS-64 (PCGS). Realized $105,750 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4374, 1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-68 (PCGS). Realized $881,250 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4382, 1893-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. Proof-66 Cameo (NGC). Realized $323,125 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4411, 1944 Lincoln Cent–Struck on a Steel Planchet–MS-64 (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. Realized $158,625 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4430, Harris, Marchand & Co. Gold Ingot. No. 6468. 51.00 Ounces. 880 Fine. Realized $305,500
  • Lot 4472, 1797 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle. Small Eagle. BD-3. Rarity-6. 16 Stars. MS-61 (PCGS). Realized $411,250 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4494, 1908 Indian Half Eagle. Proof-67+ (PCGS). CAC. Realized $152,750 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4512, 1865 Liberty Eagle. Proof-66+ Deep Cameo (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. Realized $528,750 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4523, 1907 Indian Eagle. Wire Rim, Periods. MS-67 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From the Bentley Shores Collection. Realized $211,500
  • Lot 4524, 1907 Indian Eagle. Rolled Rim, Periods. MS-67 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From the Bentley Shores Collection. Realized $470,000 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4525, 1907 Indian Eagle. Rolled Rim, Periods. MS-66+ (PCGS). Secure Holder. From the Bentley Shores Collection. Realized $329,000
  • Lot 4526, 1907 Indian Eagle. No Periods. MS-68 (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. From the Bentley Shores Collection. Realized $176,250 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4528, 1908 Indian Eagle. No Motto. MS-67+ (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. From the Bentley Shores Collection. Realized $105,750 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4537, 1908-S Indian Eagle. MS-69 (NGC). From the Bentley Shores Collection. Realized $182,125 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4538, 1909 Indian Eagle. Proof-67 (NGC). From the Bentley Shores Collection. Realized $141,000 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4571, 1933 Indian Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From the Bentley Shores Collection. Realized $367,188
  • Lot 4585, 1861 Liberty Double Eagle. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC. Realized $352,500 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 4609, 1908 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. Motto. Matte Proof-67 (PCGS). CAC. Realized $152,750 – World Record Price at Auction
  • Lot 21127, (1824) R.W. Owen Ropery Montreal Token. Copper. Breton-564. Choice Mint State. From the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection. Realized $52,875
  • Lot 22117, Pennsylvania–Philadelphia. (1790s) Ricketts’ Circus Token. Rulau-E Pa 429. Rarity-8. Bronze. MS-62 (NGC). From the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection. Realized $47,000
  • Lot 22332, New York–New York. (Ca. 1829-1830) Wright & Bale Token. Low-330, HT-340A, Miller NY-1000. Rarity-8 [?]. Brass. MS-63 (NGC). From the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection. Realized $28,200

 

For a complete list of prices realized in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the August 2013 ANA World’s Fair of Money, visit www.stacksbowers.com or call at 800.458.4646. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is currently accepting consignments of U.S. items for the Official Auction of the November 2013 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo and the January Americana sale that will take place in January 2014 in New York.

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, The Norweb Collection, and the Cardinal 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 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of our sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. 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 & Collectibles Baltimore Expo, three times yearly.

 

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