1927-D Double Eagle Highlights $42 Million US Heritage FUN Coin Findings

The first major numismatic event of the year ends with Inheritance January 8-12 FUN Signature Auction grossing nearly US$42 million, led by an example of the classic rarity 1927-D double eagle. Overall Heritage’s FUN auctions, held in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists congress in Orlando, are expected to bring their shippers more than $54 million. All prices include buyer’s premiums.

The 1927-D double eagle is a piece that is the highlight of any auction in which it is offered. Not only is it the key to Double eagle of Saint-Gaudens series (excluding the 1933 uncollectible), but it is simply the rarest regular-issue 20th-century American coin, with only a dozen examples believed to exist. This example, of The Rollo Fox $20 Gold Collection from Saint-Gaudens, was rated MS65+ by PCGS. It sold for $2,160,000.

A 1855 Proof Gold Dollar Type Two, graduated PR66★ by NGC, is the finest of the seven confirmed examples. This early rarity comes from the John Jay Pittman collection and was offered here as part of The Kodiak Collectioncrossing the block at $336,000.

The 1796 No Stars Quarter Eagle is among the most important American gold coins of all denominations, being in high demand by coin collectors and quarter eagle scholars alike. To a rating assigned by the NGC of MS63, the example of The Warshaw Family Collection is outnumbered by just one coin at each of the major ranking services. He made $300,000 when the hammer fell.

Here are some of the many other highlights of this auction:

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