IRVINE, Calif. (June 25, 2012) – Set to cross the block in Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World’s Fair ofMoney Auction is the famously rare Sacagawea dollar / Washington Statehood quarter muling. This remarkable error was first discovered in 2000 by Frank Wallis of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and that discovery piece was subsequently sold by Bowers and Merena at the August 2000 ANA Millennium Sale for $29,900. The sale of that coin spurred national interest in the “misstrike,” as it was dubbed by the U.S. Mint, and by autumn of that year several other examples had come to light, by which time a total of three different die pairs were recognized and described by David J. Camire, author and first authenticator of the variety.
The example to be sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the Official ANA Auction in August is attributed to Die Pair 1, and shows the characteristic die crack from the rim through the F in OF on the Sacagawea dollar side. The coin is a beautifully lustrous and brilliant Superb Gem, graded MS-67 by NGC, and displays lively rose and orange iridescence on both sides. Ranked #1 in the popular 2010 reference 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins by Nick Brown, David Camire and Fred Weinberg, this lovely mini-dollar / quarter mule represents an important opportunity to acquire a highly coveted and rarely offered U.S. Mint error. Indeed, opportunities such as this are few and far between in the error coin market.
The coin will be offered as part of our eagerly anticipated Rarities Night session, scheduled for Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Complete catalogs for the Official August 2012 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction are available by request by calling 800.458.4646, and online at www.stacksbowers.com. Auction and lot viewing will take place in the Stack’s Bowers offices in New York City and Irvine, California, by appointment, and at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia August 2-12, 2012. Visit the Stack’s Bowers website for current schedule information and StacksBowers.com for information about the various coins and collections in the auction.
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International Inc., was launched in January 2011, combining 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 pre-eminent 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 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 which 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 ANA World’s Fair of Money pre-show and convention auctions, and the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expos in Baltimore, three times yearly, and Philadelphia.