Gold Quintuple Stella Could Surpass $ 2 Million At FUN US Coin Auction

An exceptionally rare quintuple of gold could exceed $ 2 million when sold at Heritage Auctions’ FUN US Coins Signature® auction January 5-10 in Orlando, Florida.

DALLAS, TX (December 14, 2021) – An exceptionally rare quintuple of gold could exceed $ 2 million when sold at Heritage Auctions’ FUN US Coins Signature® auction January 5-10 in Orlando, in Florida.

The event also features the seventh selection of coins from the Bob R. Simpson Collection, a treasure that made its debut at Heritage when important selections from the Bob R. Simpson Collection crossed the block in September 2020. To date , the spectacular Simpson Collection items grossed over $ 77 million. Those looking for great treasure will also be drawn to the larger Justh & Hunter gold brick found aboard the sunken “Ship of Gold”, a 54 pound gold rush ingot that went missing at sea in 1857. .

The 1879 Liberty Head Quintuple Stella, Judd-1643, Pollock-1843, High R.7, PR63 Cameo PCGS is an extremely rare gold pattern that is especially popular with collectors due to its close relationship to the famous 1879 and 1880 stellas. These coins were the first attempts to establish an international currency, much like the current euro. There are five known examples, but one of them is in the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution, forever out of the reach of avid collectors. The coin offered here has an unbroken pedigree dating back to the Mint in 1879 and has been a highlight of many famous collections over the years, including the Garrett Collection and the fabulous collection of proof gold coins from Ed Trompeter. Heritage Auctions has not sold a five-star since 2007.

“This is an extraordinary piece, one of only five known,” said Heritage Auctions President Greg Rohan. “Patterns were struck in tiny numbers to show what a proposed design or denomination would look like, how it could be produced by dies and to test new alloys, but were never mass produced for circulation.” . Examples of the quintuple stella from 1879 are known in copper and gold, the latter variant being the rarer of the two and by far the most sought after. It’s the kind of coin that people spend years trying to find.

A Liberty Eagle 1839/8, type 1838, PR62 PCGS. JD-1, R.8 is a historic rarity among the first US-proof gold issues. This coin, which could approach or exceed $ 1 million, is one of three known examples. One of the other known specimens is in the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution and the third is held in extremely strong hands in the Tyrant Collection, making this example the only one available to collectors. This coin was discovered by Heritage Auctions European Operations Director Marc Emory as part of an original three-coin gold proof set in 1981. Another copy is unlikely to become available sooner. many years after this coin passes the auction block.

A magnificent 1821 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle (BD-1, JD-1, R.8 as proof), PR65 Cameo NGC, one of the first proof gold coins ever minted at the United States Mint, could also reach $ 1 million or more. Experts at Heritage Auctions believe only three examples exist, but one of them is included in the National Numismatic Collection and will never be available to collectors. This piece has an illustrious pedigree dating back to 1890, having graced such famous collections as those of Lorin G. Parmelee, Virgil Brand and James A. Stack. It’s been 16 years out of the market and it may be a long time before a comparable example becomes available.

A 1792 Disme Judd-10, Pollock-11, High R.6, MS64 Brown PCGS, one of the best certified examples of the coin. Only 65 coins from 1792 were minted in all denominations. Today, only 18 individual pieces of the 1792 copper disme with a fluted edge are known; population figures dictate that each variety is a significant rarity. (The tally does not include the 1792 silver half-dismes, Judd-7, which are almost certainly regular mint coins.) The list of the first coins minted inside the Philadelphia Mint included 1792 dismes. (as well as cents and quarters); The model 1792 coin combined technical experimentation with different representations of freedom.

The 1879 and 1880 Coiled Hair stellas and the 1880 Flowing Hair are some of the rarest American gold coins, far more so than their 1879 Flowing Hair counterpart, and the 1880 Coiled Hair is by far the rarest of all. An 1880 Coiled Hair Stella, Judd-1660, Pollock-1860, JD-1, Low R.7, PR61 NGC in this auction is one of 10 known gold examples (a population that includes one that resides in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution). The Stellas were produced as models for an international goloid currency proposal and were included in three-piece goloid sets offered to privileged collectors.

Rarely seen outside the high profile auction venues, an 1856-O – Double Eagle – Surfaces Smoothed – PCGS Genuine. XF details. Variety 1 is “without a doubt … one of the rarest, most sought-after and popular gold coins in the United States,” according to the late numismatist David Akers. Its rarity within the Liberty double eagle series is only comparable to that of the 1854-O and the 1861 Paquet Reverse; the Package is largely uncollectible.

Another ultra-rare offer in the sale, once in the collection of King Farouk of Egypt, is an omitted Gobrecht dollar name from 1838, Judd-88 Restrike, Pollock-98, R.8, PR64 PCGS, the one of three known examples (all from the same State of the sector), of which only two have been made available to the public. During his tenure as Director of the Mint, Henry R. Linderman created or allowed others to create many exotic numismatic rarities, including the Judd-88 Gobrecht dollar. This inverted Gobrecht star dollar, minted in April 1869 during the last days of his first term as director, is one such rarity.

The finest known example of an 1861 Half Eagle PR66 Cameo NGC. JD-1, R.7 – by two full notes – comes from what many experts consider to be the rarest issue in the series after 1859. With a mintage of 66, the coin is also rare in BE format than many gold BE numbers from the 1860s, which had much smaller production totals. At least 10 copies were said to have been cast in January 1862 after being unsold the previous year, and it is possible that more were never distributed, leading numismatic authors Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth to suggest that less of 10 copies of this issue have survived.

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