IRVINE, Calif. (October 16, 2014) — A wide range of rarities, collector coins and exonumia from the United States are among the highlights of the upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries Winter 2014 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo, October 30—November 2, 2014. Extensive collections, including The 1853 Collection, The George Gund III Collection, The Stu Keen Portfolio, The Collections of The Strong (Rochester, New York), The William Tabachnik Collection, The Raymond W. Dillard Collection, and other important rarities are expected to cross the block.
Session one begins with Americana and U.S. copper coins (half cents through two-cent pieces). Among the highlights is an extensive offering of so-called dollars, including lot 3050 — a rare 1893 World’s Columbian Expo official medal in silver, HK-154b, certified Proof-63 (NGC), and lot 3087 — a 1920 Wilson dollar struck in gold, one of only five examples struck. Other areas represented in this session include early American medals, Hard Times tokens, Civil War and sutler tokens, a wide range of encased postage stamps, and other numismatic specialties. Live bidding for session one begins Wednesday, October 29, at 6 p.m. (ET).
Session two, held Thursday, October 30, at 11 a.m. (ET) includes American coins, with three-cent pieces, five-cent pieces, half dimes, twenty-cent pieces, quarters, half dollars, classic and modern commemoratives, bullion coins, mint sets, and coin rolls.
Session four, our signature Rarities Night Auction, will run concurrently with session three, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, October 30. Leading the Rarities Night Auction will be our special presentation of The 1853 Collection — an impressive offering of coins, medals and tokens originating from that pivotal year in American numismatics. Highlights include lot 10026 — an 1853-O No Arrow half dollar in VG-8 (PCGS), CAC, OGH, one of only four such coins known. An 1853 silver dollar, graded MS-66 and housed in an OGH PCGS holder with CAC approval, will also excite bidders. Many of the coins from this collection possess impressive pedigrees, including those of numismatic legends Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Harry W. Bass, Jr., Ed Milas, James A. Stack, Jimmy Hayes, Norman Stack, and others.
Further selections offered in the Rarities Night Auction include a silver Andrew Jackson Indian peace medal, as well as federal and territorial issues. A Choice AU 1793 Chain cent will be offered, in addition to a nicely toned and well struck example of the key date 1916 Standing Liberty quarter, graded MS-66 FH by PCGS. A toned, premium Gem MS-66 (PCGS) 1903-S Morgan dollar is sure to see strong participation, as will a Proof-67 Cameo (PCGS-CAC) 1878 trade dollar. A Sand Blast Proof 1912 quarter eagle in Proof-66 (PCGS) — among the finest certified, — will be offered, as will the finest NGC-certified 1894 half eagle, graded Proof-67 * Ultra Cameo. A Condition Census 1885 double eagle, graded PCGS MS-62, will also cross the auction block. High grade commemoratives are represented by a Proof 1893 Isabella quarter, and two Matte Proof 1925 Norse-American Centennial medals. Pattern and Territorial gold pieces round out the session with important rarities such as lot 10269 — an original striking Judd-79 half dollar graded Proof-64 (PCGS).
Session five will offer pattern coins through double eagles, and begins at 11 a.m. (ET) on Friday, October 31. Continuing its tradition of partnering with the Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4), Stack’s Bowers Galleries will present its C-4 Auction as part of session six. This session contains a wide variety of colonial and early American coins, including a popular 1776 Continental dollar from The Collections of The Strong, graded MS-62 (PCGS), and pedigreed to a purchase from B. Max Mehl on December 11, 1928. With more than 400 lots, the C-4 Auction presents a diverse assemblage of coins with many popular types and rare varieties, ideal for collectors of colonial and Confederation era coinage.
Additional U.S. coin highlights from the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Winter 2014 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo include:
Lot 3019. Washington/Lafayette counterstamp on an 1824 O-103 Capped Bust half dollar. Baker-198E. VF-25 (NGC). Ex: John J. Ford, Jr Collection.
Lot 3073. 1910 Brian Boru Dollar. Silver. HK-390. Rarity-7. MS-64 (NGC).
Lot 3273 1794 Liberty Cap Cent. S-22. EF-45+ BN (NGC). Ex: Jules Riever Collection.
Lot 4001. 1851 Silver Three-Cent Piece. MS-67 (PCGS).
Lot 4019. 1859 Silver Three-Cent Piece. Proof-66 (NGC). Ex: Pittman Collection.
Lot 4094. 1866 Liberty Seated Half Dime Proof-67 * Ultra Cameo (NGC).
Lot 4233. 1815/2 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-101a. Rarity-3. VF-25 (PCGS).
Lot 4274. 1887 Liberty Seated Half Dollar. WB-101. Rarity-4. MS-67 (NGC).
Lot 4328. 1927 Buffalo Nickel–Struck on a Cent Planchet–MS-60 BN (PCGS).
Lot 4387. 1937 Antietam Anniversary Commemorative Half Dollar. MS-68 (NGC). CAC. OH.
Lot 10001. 1853 Braided Hair Cent. N-16. Unique (as a Proof). Proof-64 BN (PCGS). From The 1853 Collection.
Lot 1017. 1853 Liberty Seated Dime. Arrows. Proof-62 (PCGS). CAC. From The 1853 Collection. Ex: Earle-Norweb-Lovejoy.
Lot 10020. 1853 Liberty Seated Quarter. No Arrows. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC. OGH. From The 1853 Collection. Ex: Davis-Graves.
Lot 10027. 1853 Liberty Seated Half Dollar. Arrows and Rays. Proof-64 (PCGS). CAC. From The 1853 Collection. Ex: Congressman Jimmy Hayes.
Lot 10044. 1853-D Liberty Half Eagle. Winter-29-V. Large D. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC. From The 1853 Collection. Ex: Bareford-Milas.
Lot 10110. 1877 Indian Cent. Proof-66 RD (PCGS). OGH.
Lot 10116. 1969-S Lincoln Cent. Doubled Die Obverse. MS-62 RB (PCGS).
Lot 10142. 1867 Shield Nickel. Rays. Proof-65 (PCGS). OGH.
Lot 10156. 1822 Capped Bust Dime. JR-1. Rarity-3. MS-64 (PCGS).
Lot 10159. 1942/1 Mercury Dime. MS-66 FB (PCGS).
Lot 10164. 1850-O Liberty Seated Quarter. MS-66 (NGC). Ex: Pittman Collection.
Lot 10189. 1895 Morgan Silver Dollar. Proof-64 Cameo (PCGS).
Lot 10250. 1892-S Liberty Double Eagle. MS-65+ (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 10265. 1928-S Oregon Trail Commemorative Half Dollar. MS-68 (PCGS).
Lot 6003. 1652 Pine Tree Shilling. Large Planchet. Noe-10, Salmon 8-Diii. Rarity-3. Without Pellets at Trunk. AU-53 (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 6009. 1652 Pine Tree Sixpence. Noe-33, Salmon 2-B. Rarity-3. MS-63 (PCGS). CAC. Ex: Proskey, Boyd, Ford.
Lot 6052. 1783 John Chalmers Shilling. Long Worm. EF-45 (PCGS).
Lot 6164. 1787 Connecticut Copper. Miller 36-k.3. Rarity-7. Draped Bust Left. AU-53 (PCGS).
Lot 6310. Undated (Circa 1785) Bar Copper. W-8520. AU-50 (PCGS)
Lot 6343. (1792) Washington Born Virginia. Eagle with 13 Stars Reverse. Baker-22M. AU-53 (PCGS). Ex: Newcomer, Brand, Norweb.
Lot 6381. 1787 Fugio Copper. Pointed Rays. Newman 11-X Rarity-4. STATES UNITED, 4 Cinquefoils. MS-64 RB (PCGS) CAC. From the William Gleckler Collection. Ex: Ellsworth-Garrett.
Lot 6426. “1787” Fugio Copper. “New Haven Restrike.” Newman 104-FF. Silver. MS-63 (PCGS). From the William Gleckler Collection. Ex: Norweb.
To view and bid on all lots featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Winter 2014 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo visit StacksBowers.com. For more information or to request a catalog, call 800.458.4646 (West Coast) or 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.