IRVINE, Calif. (July 25, 2014) — Virtually every collector of United States coins will have a keen eye out for the upcoming August 2014 American Numismatic Association’s auction in Rosemont/Chicago, Illinois. The catalogs are out, fresh from the printer, and no doubt collectors have already thumbed through their catalogs numerous times. Certainly the Garrett specimen of the famous 1804 Draped Bust silver dollar has drawn a lot of attention. Another great rarity that will appeal to a broad range of collectors is the undated (1849) Miners’ Bank $10 gold piece. The Miners’ Bank pieces were found to be of lighter gold content than their face value, which resulted in wholesale melting of the firm’s coins in the early 1850s, creating one of the great rarities among the private gold issues of the California Gold Rush era. Specimen coins, those pieces that are so “special” in format and appearance that our terms of Mint State and Proof don’t apply, are represented in the sale by a Specimen 1794 half dime — the first year of the Flowing Hair design type — and a Specimen 1795 Flowing Hair silver dollar — from the second of only two years of that design type. The four coins just mentioned are merely a sample of the numerous rarities and other numismatic items featured in the various 2014 ANA auction catalogs offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
The sale does not center on just a small handful of rarities but is diverse in its offerings, and the quality throughout the catalog is outstanding no matter the coin. Other great highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the ANA’s World Fair of Money include:
Lot 13003 – 1662 Massachusetts Bay Colony. Oak Tree Twopence. Noe-31, Salmon 1-A. Rarity-4. Small 2. MS-65 (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. Ex: Clapp-Wurtzbach-Clarke-Boyd-Ford.
Lot 13007 – 1776 Continental Dollar. Newman 3-D. EG FECIT Variety. Pewter. MS-63 (NGC).
Lot 13013 – 1831 Half Cent. Original. C-1. Rarity-6. Proof-61 BN (PCGS). CAC. Ex: Ray Rouse.
Lot 13027 – 1794 Large Cent. S-48. Rarity-5+. Starred Reverse. VF-25 (PCGS). Ex: Bowers-Van Arsdall.
Lot 13029 – 1795 Liberty Cap Cent.. S-80. Rarity-5+. Jefferson Head. Plain Edge. VF-35 (PCGS).
Lot 13050 – 1867 Shield Nickel. Rays. Proof-65 (PCGS). OGH.
Lot 13062 – 1830 Half Dime. LM-9.1. Rarity-7 (as a Proof). Proof-65 Cameo (PCGS). CAC. Ex: Benson.
Lot 13068 – 1874-CC Liberty Seated Dime. Arrows. EF-45 (PCGS).
Lot 13070 – 1916-D Mercury Dime. MS-66 FB (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 13071 – 1942/1 Mercury Dime. MS-65 FB (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 13074 – 1796 Draped Bust Quarter. B-2. Rarity-3. AU-55 (PCGS).
Lot 13078 – 1834 Capped Bust Quarter. B-4. Rarity-1. MS-67 (NGC).
Lot 13092 – 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. O-101a. Rarity-3+. AU-55 (NGC). Ex: Halsell.
Lot 13108 – 1878-S Half Dollar. EF-40 (PCGS). Ex: Yoder-Bailey.
Lot 13112 – 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. BB-1, B-1, the only known dies. Rarity-4. BB Die State III. VF-35 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From Dr. Richard Aghababian’s Early Impressions Collection. Ex: Samuel W. Wolfson.
Lot 13143 – 1802 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. BB-241, B-6. Rarity-1. BB Die State III. MS-65 (NGC). Ex: Jack Lee.
Lot 13174 – 1873 Gold Dollar. Close 3. Proof-65 (NGC).
Lot 13176 – 1796 Capped Bust Right Quarter Eagle. No Stars on Obverse. BD-2.
Rarity-4. EF-40 (NGC). From Dr. Richard Aghababian’s Early Impressions Collection.
Lot 11037 – 1836 Classic Head Quarter Eagle. McCloskey-8. Proof-64 Cameo (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. From the Dr. James A. Ferrendelli Collection.
Lot 13201 – 1795 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle. Small Eagle. BD-8. Rarity-5+. AU-58 (NGC).
Lot 11104 – 1797 Capped Bust Right Eagle. Small Eagle. BD-1, Taraszka-7. Rarity-5. Die State b/b. AU-58 (NGC). From the Dr. James A. Ferrendelli Collection.
Lot 11117 – 1804 Capped Bust Right Eagle. BD-1, Taraszka-31. Rarity-4+. Die State b/b. Crosslet 4. MS-60 (NGC). From the Dr. James A. Ferrendelli Collection.
Lot 13253 – 1915 Indian Eagle. Proof-66 (PCGS).
Lot 12005 – 1852-O Liberty Double Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS). From the Gilded Age Collection.
Lot 12010 – 1854-S Liberty Double Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS). From the Gilded Age Collection.
Lot 13265 – 1877-CC Liberty Double Eagle. MS-61 (PCGS).
Catalogs for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money are now available online at StacksBowers.com. For a printed copy, or more information on this sale, please call 800.458.4646 (West Coast), 800.566.2580 (East Coast).
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
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 their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Professional Numismatists Guild New York Invitational, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.