Landmark U.S. Coins and Numismatic Americana Featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Summer 2022 Global Showcase Auction

Author: By Stack’s Bowers Galleries / August 12, 2022

Costa Mesa, CA (August 12, 2022) – Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present an exceptional selection of United States coins and Numismatic Americana in their Summer 2022 Global Showcase Auction. This will be remembered as a historic milestone in numismatics, highlighted by the finest known Proof 1825/4/1 half eagle offered as part of the Mocatta Collection. Graded Proof-67 Cameo (PCGS) CAC, this specimen is one of just three known and can be traced to before 1864, through the cabinets of such luminaries as Parmelee, Eliasberg and King Farouk of Egypt. It is accompanied in the Mocatta Collection by numerous other rarities including a pair of 1796 Stars and No Stars $2.50 quarter eagles, a lovely 1879 Flowing Hair $4 Stella, Wire Rim and Rolled Rim “Pattern” 1907 Indian $10 pieces, a Gem Proof 1887 Liberty Head $20, and many others.

A truly astounding selection is offered from the legendary Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Famous for its focus on top-quality Early American coins and medals, this selection is anchored by an incredible 1792 Copper Disme that was once in the collection of Dr. J. Hewitt Judd. Graded SP-62 BN (PCGS) CAC, it is the second finest known and can be traced back to before 1908.  Also offered from the Cardinal Collection is the famous Charles Jay 1793 Sheldon-14 Liberty Cap cent which ranks as the finest known at AU-53+ (PCGS), and an important Specimen-62 (PCGS) 1826 Erie Canal Completion Medal in silver, HK-1000 variety.

The inaugural offering from the Sydney F. Martin Collection is presented in a meticulously researched, stand-alone catalog featuring over 260 coins and medals. Included are his front-line collections of New Jersey coppers and Massachusetts coppers, both among the finest holdings in these series ever assembled. The collection contains 113 of 145 confirmed die pairings of New Jersey coppers including major rarities such as the 1786 Maris 9-G “No Coulter” variety graded PCGS VF-30, as well as superb quality pieces like the 1786 Maris 21-N graded PCGS MS-65+ Red-Brown, one of the very finest known New Jersey coppers of any variety. The Massachusetts half cents and cents dated 1787 and 1788 are even more complete, as Martin gathered 46 of the 51 known die pairings in the series. Rounding out this initial auction are incredible offerings of Saint Patrick coinage, Higley coppers, Pitt tokens, Rhode Island ship medals, and Libertas Americana medals.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is honored to present a historic selection of 35th Anniversary American Eagle Gold and Silver coins on behalf of the United States Mint. Offered are the final 500 each of the classic American Eagle gold and silver 1 ounce coins and the first 500 coins each of the new American Eagle gold and silver 1 ounce coins. Deemed the American Eagle At Dawn and At Dusk Coins, these coins were produced in a special striking ceremony under the guidance of former Director of the Mint David Ryder and will be offered exclusively in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Summer 2022 Auction. In recognition of this historic offering, the auction firm will also waive the Buyer’s Premium on these 35th Anniversary coins, meaning that the highest bid on each lot (the hammer price) will be the final amount paid by the winning bidder, excluding shipping fees. These 35th Anniversary coins are also exempt from sales tax, which should encourage even stronger bidding from collectors!

The incredible JBR Set of Gold Coins from the Fairmont Collection is a landmark feature of the Summer 2022 Global Showcase Auction. Comprising nearly complete runs of the $5, $10, and $20 denominations beginning in 1834, the JBR Set exhibits an astounding combination of Condition Census and Everyman quality across the rarest dates and varieties of U.S. gold. The 554 coins in the set feature an overall CAC approval rate of 63% and rank among the top PCGS Registry Sets in their respective categories. Highlights include an 1864-S $5 graded EF-45 (PCGS) CAC, an 1853/’2′ $10 graded MS-62 (PCGS) CAC, and a monumental selection of Liberty Head $20s led by an 1861-O graded AU-55+ (PCGS) CAC, an 1866-S No Motto graded AU-58 (PCGS), and an 1885-CC graded MS-62 (PCGS) CAC.

One of the most significant collections of Classic Head gold coinage ever formed – the Virginian Collection – was assembled by Daryl J. Haynor and includes some of the finest Classic Head quarter eagles and half eagles known. The cabinet features Condition Census examples of the 1838-C, 1839-C and 1839-O quarter eagles and both the HM-1 and HM-2 varieties of the historic 1838-C half eagle. Virtually all die varieties among circulation strike issues in this series are represented, including the rare 1835 HM-5 and 1836 HM-9 half eagles.

The Georgia Gold Rush Collection, offered by the John O. Sykes Family, represents a pinnacle of numismatic achievement for the Dahlonega Mint gold series. Containing a complete date and major variety set of the coinage of this branch mint, it also includes multiple examples of many issues. The result is that among the 150 coins that comprise this outstanding collection can be found famous Condition Census rarities in Choice and Gem Mint State alongside more affordable, yet still scarce and highly desirable coins in EF and AU grades. Highlights include an 1861-D gold dollar graded MS-63 (PCGS) CAC, an 1861-D Liberty Head half eagle graded MS-63 (PCGS), and an 1854-D three-dollar gold piece graded MS-62 (PCGS) CAC.

The Augustana Collection contains thousands of coins from around the world accumulated over nearly five decades. The goal of the collection was to portray human progress over the last few centuries. The United States coins featured in the sale span from the extinct Charlotte and Dahlonega mints to the work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, reflecting America’s emergence on the world stage. Highlights include an 1844-C Liberty Head half eagle graded MS-62+ (PCGS), a MS-64 (PCGS) CAC 1907 High Relief, Wire Rim Saint-Gaudens $20, and a MS-62 (PCGS) Octagonal 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50.

The Andrew M. Hain Collection is a provenance that requires no introduction among seasoned numismatists. It is most famously associated with a captivating selection of Massachusetts Silver coins and other Early American rarities that were offered in Stack’s January 2002 auction. Over two decades later, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is delighted to present another magnificent selection from this cabinet in the Summer 2022 sale. The core of this offering is a delightful group of early gold coins that have been off the market for many years, highlighted by such treasures as a MS-62 (PCGS) 1802/’1′ Capped Bust Right quarter eagle, an AU-53 (PCGS) OGH 1797 Heraldic Eagle Capped Bust Right $10, and an AU-58 (PCGS) OGH  1803 Capped Bust Right eagle

The Jones Collection is a wide-ranging cabinet of rarities spanning from the very earliest American issues to the renaissance of U.S. coinage in the early 20th century. It is highlighted by a magnificent MS-65 (PCGS) “1776″ Continental Dollar, a Proof-64 (PCGS) CAC 1895 Morgan dollar, and an EF-40 (PCGS) CAC 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co. $50.

The Madrone Collection is an impressive selection of Territorial and other gold rarities that includes such treasures as a pair of AU-53 (PCGS) 1851 Augustus Humbert Lettered Edge $50 coins (the 880 THOUS and 887 THOUS types) and a pair of MS-65 (NGC) 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 coins (Round and Octagonal varieties).

The Pacific Rim Collection offers an important selection of Proof silver dollars including such rarities as a 1921-S Zerbe Special Strike Morgan in Specimen-65 (PCGS), a Proof-65 Cameo (PCGS) CAC 1876 Trade dollar, and a Proof-66 Ultra Cameo (NGC) 1896 Morgan.

An exciting selection of Bitcoins and other Physical Cryptocurrency is presented at the end of the Rarities Night Session. This category has been earning incredibly strong premiums among traditional coin collectors and crypto enthusiasts alike. This selection is highlighted by an extremely rare 2011 Casascius 1 BTC DOUBLE ERROR variety graded MS-66 (PCGS) that is one of just five known, as well as an impressive 2012 Casascius 5 BTC “Bitnickel” graded MS-65 (PCGS).

Beyond these curated selections of U.S. coins, numerous individual rarities can be found in the Summer Global Showcase Auction, including a historic ca. 1777 Philip Syng, Jr. Regulated Bolivian 8 Reales graded VF-25 (NGC), a flawless MS-68 RD (PCGS) 1902 Indian cent, a MS-66 FH 1926-D Standing Liberty quarter, the unique Proof 1829 half dollar graded Proof-66 (NGC), a possible specimen striking 1839-C Liberty Head half eagle graded MS-64 (PCGS), a near-Mint AU-58 (PCGS) 1861-O Liberty Head double eagle, and a world-class 1878 Pattern quarter eagle, Judd-1566 graded Proof-67 Cameo (PCGS).

Passionate collectors of Numismatic Americana will delight in a historic offering from the Collection of Paul A. Volcker, Jr., who served as the 12th Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1979 to 1987. In a career spanning nearly six decades including public service under five U.S. presidents, Volcker worked for private and public firms as an esteemed economist and helped shape the nation’s economic policies. This selection from the Volcker Collection is highlighted by an impressive 96 mm Benjamin F. Fairless Memorial Medal in Gold and a historic Nelson A. Rockefeller Public Service Award Gold Medal.

Additional rarities among the Numismatic Americana include a historic AU-58 BN (NGC) “1781” Libertas Americana Medal in Bronze, a ca. 1790s signed sketch by Augustin Dupre (designer of the Libertas Americana medal), and an 1825 John Quincy Adams Indian Peace Medal in silver.

The entire Summer 2022 Global Showcase Auction is now available for pre-bidding at Live bidding will take place from August 22 through September 1, hosted from Griffin Studios, Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ state-of-the-art auction venue in Costa Mesa, California. For questions about any lots in the Summer 2022 sale or to consign your collection to the future event, contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries at [email protected]  or 800-566-2580.

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 nearly 90-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 D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. 

The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, with offices in New York, Philadelphia, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries hosts an annual Global Showcase in August featuring United States coins and currency, Ancient coins and World coins and currency in its Costa Mesa auction gallery. They are also the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic events, including the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, the Spring and Fall Hong Kong shows, and the Valkenburg Paper Money Shows. 

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