Heritage December Dallas Signature Auction of US Coins Open for auction

The Signature auction from December 16 to 19 of Patrimony crowns a record year for US coins and heritage auctions overall. Heritage’s world headquarters hosts the auction, with the First session Thursday evening December 16, preceded by a floor session in the afternoon. One in line Signed Internet session is Sunday afternoon December 19. This auction is now open for Internet auction at Coins.HA.com.

One of our shippers brings The Father and Son Collection at the auction. While not an extensive collection compared to the rare multi-million dollar coins and trophies that frequent our events, the sender’s words touch on the essence of the collection and the importance of the hobby that far exceeds any value of the coins themselves:

“My father came with meager means. When he was 10 years old his father died during the Great Depression. His mother raised my father and his two siblings. He worked extremely hard to complete his college education and earned two graduate degrees. He was making a comfortable living for himself and his family. He was a respected man. He was an enthusiastic and diverse hobbyist. He was a loving father.

“He started collecting in 1960, buying Proof and Mint sets at La Monnaie. He tried to get my brother and I interested in his collection, but I paid little attention to it until I was about 40 years old in 1995. My father and I went to local and regional exhibitions, have bought a piece or two and put them in my Dansco albums. We studied and watched these albums for hours. Very quickly, with his financial assistance, we had almost filled a full set of Morgan Dollar, Washington neighborhoods, Walking Liberty half dollars, commemorative coins and Peace dollars. Life was BIG. Over the years, we have gone from uneducated, naive and mad collectors (who did our fair share of bad purchases) to studied, insightful, knowledgeable, enthusiastic numismatists! We shared the love, enthusiasm and knowledge associated with collecting coins.

“Here you will find some of the coins that we have collected over the past 25 years. My father recently passed away. I miss telling him about the coins we have collected. I miss his enthusiasm and passion. I miss his knowledge. He had a remarkable memory and could tell me the grade of every piece and every date in “our” collection. It’s time for someone else to have fun with these coins. But do not worry. There are others that I keep in the hope of sharing my passion and my collector’s knowledge with my daughter or my grandchildren. The only words of wisdom my dad or I would share with any new collector is to educate yourself, buy from reputable companies or individuals, and share your passion with others. Thanks to Heritage Auctions for always taking care of my dad and me. Heritage answered all of our questions and always gave us good advice.

Our other collection featured in this auction is The Big Island Collection of Hawaiian Coins and Tokens, with awesome material offered in both the Premier and Signature Floor sessions. Highlights include:

  • 1881 five hundred hawaiian, model MS65 Medcalf 2CN-1, original design
  • 1881 Hawaii five cents, MS62 Medcalf-2CN-1, rare in all grades
  • ‘1884’ Hawaii 1/8 dollar, 7.5g, gold, MS66, fantasy striking hub print
  • 1887 Grove Ranch Medcalf TE-17 Plantation Token, MS62 Brown, only six certified pieces
  • Token 1891 Kahului Railroad, AU53 75 cents, Medcalf TL-14, only four certified copies
  • 1847 Hawaiian cent, MS65 Brown Medcalf-2CC-1, Crosslet 4, second rarest variety

Other pieces make this auction an unforgettable December. A Flowing Hair Stella 1879 displays spectacular field / device contrast, certified PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. One dollar 1797 B-3, BB-71 Draped Bust is Condition Census grade, rated MS63 NGC. A splendid 1934-S Peace Dollar is the best we have ever dealt with, certified MS66 + PCGS with CAC, the CoinFacts flat coin. Other rarities abound.

Bid in this auction at Coins.HA.com.

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