Welcome to The Francesca Collection of United States Gold Coins and Other Important Properties

Welcome to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries catalog for the June 2020 auction, to be held at our company headquarters in Santa Ana, California. Awaiting your inspection and bidding is a wide selection of U.S. coins and exonumia—we hope something for everyone.

Gold coins are front row center with the Francesca Collection. This cabinet encompasses nearly every United States gold series from the early Capped Bust type through private and territorial issues, including Mint State and Choice Proof examples of even the most challenging types. Also featured are select silver rarities including Liberty Seated quarters, Morgan dollars, and several pattern issues. This collection was assembled throughout the second half of the 20th century and has been held privately off the market for decades. The coins are fresh to the market (a rare aspect these days!), have been recently certified by PCGS and NGC, and are bound to draw considerable attention from specialists. 

Also appearing in the gold coins section of our June 2020 catalog are further selections from the Fairmont Collection of Double Eagles. As in our previous presentations from this cabinet, this offering provides many opportunities in this popular collecting area.

The Dazzling Rarities Collection, as our consignor has named it, is an impressive offering of United States coins by design types with a focus on nineteenth century issues and major rarities. Most coins are in Gem or Superb Gem preservation and many have earned approval from CAC. This sale includes the first selection from this cabinet, the second half of which will be offered in our August 2020 ANA Auction. 

This June 2020 auction also features my own collection of Vermont coppers, which was a pleasure to build and  is bound to draw bids from all directions. It offers 30 of the 39 distinct die combinations known for the series, including all of the most popular Guide Book types. Specialists will appreciate the several Rarity-6 varieties that are offered. When building this collection I searched for superior eye appeal and surface quality and also concentrated on pedigrees to famous numismatists such as Oechsner, Partrick, Carlotto, Picker, and many others.  Additionally, many of the pieces were featured as plate coins in my 2018 reference The Copper Coins of Vermont and Interrelated Issues 1783-1788. 

We are also pleased to present further selections from the Richard Jewell Collection, a second offering from this cabinet that was  featured in our March 2020 auction. In the first section of our June 2020 catalog will be found many fascinating medals from this collection and other consignors.

I invite you to look over the catalog from front to back and we are sure you will find many items of interest. The variety of offerings ensures that you are likely to find something that will be a great addition to your collection. Or, it could be an opportunity to start on another specialty—always an exciting prospect!

I also want to point out that participating in this or any Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction is easy and also a whole lot of fun. While we offer in-person attendance at the sale in Santa Ana (as permitted), we recognize that for most of our clients, online bidding will be the preferred method. We invite you to view lots and bid on our website before the sale. Or, you can take advantage of our award-winning live bidding technology to be a part of the sale as it is happening in real time. We are also happy to arrange for you to bid by telephone if that works best for you. If you have any questions or need any help getting set up to bid, don’t hesitate to contact our auction services department at 800-458-4646.

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