Stacks Bowers Galleries to Sell Millions in Baltimore

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / November 1, 2013

IRVINE, Calif. (November 2013) — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is once again gearing up for another stellar auction as the Official Auctioneer of the November 2013 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. Please join us November 6–8, 2013, at the Baltimore Convention Center, as we present this impressive auction that will feature U.S. coins, currency, tokens and medals, world coins and paper money, and ancient coins. Selections from many important collections will be showcased here, including pieces from The David M. Sundman Collection of Massachusetts Silver Coinage, The Just Having Fun Collection, The Badlands Collection of Commemorative Gold Coins, The Richard Moore Collection of Fugio Coppers, and The George Gardner Collection, to name a few.

Among minor U.S. coinage are a number of significant highlights, including an 1867 With Rays Shield nickel graded Proof-66 Deep Cameo by PCGS and the premium Gem 1880 nickel in MS-66 (PCGS). Both pieces hail from The Just Having Fun Collection and, at the top of the population, are sure to cause excitement as they cross the block. The George Gardner Collection features a wonderful selection of Walking Liberty half dollars that includes an incredible 1921-D in MS-66 (NGC), and a stunning 1921-S in MS-65 (NGC). Silver dollars boast a beautifully toned 1893-CC Proof example in Proof-65+ (PCGS). The mintage of this branch mint Proof is uncertain, but we estimate that the survivorship is around 10 to 12 pieces. This particular survivor is a true Gem and is sure to see a great deal of activity.

U.S. gold coins offer a nice selection of pieces and are highlighted by a number of important rarities. The Badlands Collection of Commemorative Gold Coins features both octagonal and round examples of the 1915-S Panama-Pacific $50 “slug”— both beautiful Gem coins. The octagonal example is graded MS-65 by NGC and the round example is certified as MS-65* by NGC, the star referring to the exceptional eye appeal that the piece displays. Territorial gold issues are undoubtedly highlighted by lot 2160, an intriguing 1851 Humbert Lettered Edge $50 gold piece. Graded AU-58+ by NGC, this coin is rare and desirable as a type coin, but its true appeal lies in the curious error seen on the edge of the piece, where a second OF GOLD was punched over the date 1851. This is almost certainly a unique error, so bid accordingly!

The sections of regular issue U.S. gold coinage also contains a number of significant pieces, like the famed 1854-S quarter eagle offered as lot 2173. One of just a dozen or so known, this ex: Davis-Graves Sale-Norweb specimen is graded VF-35 by PCGS, exhibits wonderfully original surfaces, and is certainly one of the most visually appealing survivors of this issue available. Two lots later appears the finest known 1863 Proof Liberty quarter eagle in the outstanding grade of Proof-66 Deep Cameo (PCGS). This truly breathtaking coin has also been granted a green CAC sticker, attesting to its solid technical quality at the assigned grade level. With only 30 pieces struck of this Proof-only date, we expect serious competition for this beautiful rarity when it crosses the block.

Double eagles will be highlighted by lot 2242, an extraordinary Deep Cameo Gem Proof 1881 example that is tied for the finest seen by PCGS. Graded Proof-65 Deep Cameo and awarded a green CAC sticker, this coin is simply stunning in terms of visual appeal. The razor sharp strike and glorious cameo contrast combine to make this piece one of the finest survivors, of which there are only estimated to be between 18 and 20 coins.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to once again partner with the Colonial Coin Collectors Club (known as C4) to present a special auction session dedicated to colonial coins. This special session will be held on Friday, November 8 at 6 p.m. ET, and will offer more than 300 lots of high quality rarities. Featured here is The David M. Sundman Collection of Massachusetts Silver Coinage, as well as coins from The Richard Moore Collection of Fugio Coppers, and other important properties. 

The first three lots of the session are sure to be showstoppers, as they include an extremely rare Noe 1-A Massachusetts Bay Colony NE shilling, a lovely Noe 1-A Willow Tree shilling, and a spectacular Willow Tree sixpence — all pieces from The Sundman Collection of Massachusetts Silver in remarkable condition — made even more remarkable by their extremely low survivorship rates. The Richard Moore Collection presents a wonderful selection of Fugio coppers, epitomized by the classic Newman 11-A rarity offered as lot 4239. Graded AU-50 by PCGS, there is generally stiff competition for pieces in this condition range, so be prepared to bid liberally!

Federally issued notes will be the focal point of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries U.S. paper money sale, with important National banknotes from The Watermelon Collection Part II leading the way. The second part of this sale follows our well-received and extremely successful offering of Large Size type notes featured in our August 2012 Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money, and includes a diverse and extraordinary variety of National Banknotes with countless rarities from Ohio and Pennsylvania. Seven of the coveted “Lazy Deuce” designs are part of this collection. Nevada will be a highlight state in this auction as well with eight elusive notes offered from the “Battle Born” state. Popular Large State notes with many important condition rarities are catalogued for the sale and highlighted by an important 1890 “Ornate Back” $10 Treasury Note in PMG Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ. 

Small Size Currency, currently used and always in vogue with collectors, includes a monumental discovery item that will certainly excite collectors. The note is a previously unknown 1928C $10 “Star” replacement from the Chicago district, serial number G00647785*. Renowned currency experts Peter Huntoon and Jamie Yakes commented on the discovery: “We realized that only a small fraction of the 7,200 that might have been printed ever got out. In fact, we consider it a miracle that any reached circulation. The 1928C star shown here was not an expert note.” Other Small Size rarities in this sale include a mid-grade 1933 $10 Silver, among others.

Other highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo include:

Lot 1049 – Boston, Massachusetts. Continental Bank. ND (Oct. 18xx). $3. PMG Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ. Remainder.

Lot 1337 – Fr. 368. 1890 $10 Treasury Note. PCGS Gem New 66 PPQ.

Lot 1458 – Fr. 2003-G. 1928C $10 Federal Reserve Star Note. PMG Very Fine 25.

Lot 1553 – Ely, Nevada. $20 1902 PB. Fr. 652. The First NB. Charter #8561. PMG About Uncirculated 50.

Lot 2014 — 1867 Shield Nickel. Rays. Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS). Secure Holder. PCGS Pop: 5/0. From the Just Having Fun Collection.

Lot 2016 — 1867 Shield Nickel. No Rays. Proof-66 Deep Cameo (PCGS). CAC. PCGS Pop: 1/0. From the Just Having Fun Collection.

Lot 2043 — 1880 Shield Nickel. MS-66 (PCGS). PCGS Pop: 2/0. From the Just Having Fun Collection.

Lot 2069 — 1896-S Barber Quarter. MS-65 (PCGS).

Lot 2091 — 1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-66 (NGC). From the George Gardner Collection.

Lot 2093 — 1921-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-65 (NGC). From the George Gardner Collection.

Lot 2114 — 1801 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. B-3, BB-213. BB Die State III. MS-62 (PCGS). Secure Holder. Ex: Hesselgesser Collection.

Lot 2117 — 1840 Liberty Seated Silver Dollar. Proof-65 (PCGS).

Lot 2125 — 1893-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. Branch Mint Proof-65+ (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder.

Lot 2134 — Fourteen-Piece 1881 Proof Set of Gold, Silver and Minor Coinage. (PCGS).

Lot 2139 — 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Gold Dollar. Jefferson Portrait. Proof-67 * Ultra Cameo (NGC). From the Badlands Collection of U.S. Commemorative Gold.

Lot 2145 — 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50. Octagonal. MS-65 (PCGS).

Lot 2146 — 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50. Octagonal. MS-65 (NGC). From the Badlands Collection of U.S. Commemorative Gold.

Lot 2148 —1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50. Round. MS-65 * (NGC). From the Badlands Collection of U.S. Commemorative Gold.

Lot 2156 — Undated (1831-1834) Christopher Bechtler $5 Gold. K-15. Rarity-7. 150.G., 20.CARATS. MS-62 (PCGS).

Lot 2160 — 1851 Augustus Humbert $50 Gold. Lettered Edge. K-2. Rarity-5. 50 D C, 880 THOUS., No 50 on Reverse–Second OF GOLD/1851 on Edge–AU-58+ (NGC).

Lot 2173 — 1854-S Liberty Quarter Eagle. VF-35 (PCGS). Secure Holder. Ex: Davis-Graves Sale-Norweb.

Lot 2175 — 1863 Liberty Quarter Eagle. Proof-66 Deep Cameo (PCGS). CAC.

Lot 2176 — 1875 Liberty Quarter Eagle. Proof-65+ Deep Cameo (PCGS). CAC.

Lot 2227 — 1905 Liberty Eagle. MS-67 (PCGS).

Lot 2228 — 1910 Indian Eagle. Proof-67 (PCGS).

Lot 2230 — 1914 Indian Eagle. Proof-67 (NGC).

Lot 2235 — 1866-S Liberty Double Eagle. No Motto. AU-55 (PCGS).

Lot 2242, 1881 Liberty Double Eagle. Proof-65 Deep Cameo (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder.

Lot 2257 — 1908 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. Motto. Matte Proof-66 (PCGS)

Lot 4001 — Undated (1652) Massachusetts Bay Colony NE Shilling. Noe 1-A, Salmon 1-B. Rarity-7. AU-55 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From the David M. Sundman Collection. Ex: Brand-Wurtzbach-Boyd-Ford.

Lot 4002 — 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony Willow Tree Shilling. Noe 1-A, Salmon 1-A. Rarity-6. VF-35 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From the David M. Sundman Collection. Ex: Colburn-Bushnell-Parmelee-Mills-Earle-Parsons-Boyd-Ford.

Lot 4003 — 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony Willow Tree Sixpence. Noe 1-A, Salmon 1-A. Rarity-6. AU-53 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From the David M. Sundman Collection. Ex: French-Boyd-Ford.

Lot 4011—1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony Pine Tree Shilling. Large Planchet. Noe-3, Salmon 3-C. Rarity-6+. Without Pellets at Trunk. MS-61 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From the David M. Sundman Collection. Ex: Lincoln-Wurtzbach-Clarke-Boyd-Raymond-Norweb-Hain.

Lot 4014 —1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony Pine Tree Shilling. Small Planchet. Noe-16, Salmon 2-B. Rarity-2. MS-62 (PCGS). Secure Holder.From the David M. Sundman Collection. Ex: Boyd-Ford.

Lot 4239 — 1787 Fugio Copper. Pointed Rays. Newman 11-A. Rarity-6. UNITED above, STATES below, 4 Cinquefoils. AU-50 (PCGS). From the Richard Moore Collection.

Four additional Internet-only sessions containing U.S. coins and currency and world coins and paper money will close on Tuesday, November 12 at 3 p.m. PT.

All lot descriptions and images for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo can be viewed online on our website,; by email at [email protected]; by phone at 800.458.4646; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by mail addressed to Stack’s Bowers Galleries, Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo, 1063 McGaw, Irvine, CA 92614. Interested bidders are also encouraged to visit lots onsite in Baltimore and bid in-person at the live auction or online via For a complete auction and lot-viewing schedule, please visit or call 800.458.4646.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is currently accepting consignments for the January 2014 New York Americana Sale, and March 2014 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo.

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International Inc., 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 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 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 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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