Over $17.8 Million in US Coins Sold at December 2020 Stack’s Bowers Auction
the Stack Bowers Galleries December Auction marked a magnificent conclusion to the firm’s 2020 auction season. The company has now auctioned off eight of the top 10 prizes United States pieces sold in 2020, including three lots that topped US$1 million in December. Hosted at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Californiathe sale was marked by remarkably strong bidder turnout via the company’s award-winning website and mobile apps, an active telephone auction bank, and socially distanced ground bidding in the auction room.
With over $17.8 million in aggregate prize money realized, the results confirm Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ status as a premier resource in the United States numismatic market.
the Larry H. Miller Collection, Part Two was a highlight of the December sale, offering some of the greatest rarities in American numismatics, including incredible sets of first silver dollars, barber moneyand mormon gold. The top award among Miller parts was won by Proof-65 (PCGS) 1804 Class I Original Draped Bust dollar which sold for $3,360,000, a new record for this grade level. This piece is among the finest of the eight known survivors and was acquired directly from the US currency in 1843 by collector Matthew Stickney.
The Incredible Proof-65 (NGC) CAC 1894-S barber coin won the second highest prize of the night at $1,440,000, also a new record for the rating. Another record was set by the MS-65 (NGC) 1834 Capped head $5 who brought $198,000breaking the all-time record for the show set by the same coin during the October 2005 sale of the company.
The magnificent Mormon Gold Suite in the sale has garnered attention as one of the finest sets ever assembled. The highlight among Mormon plays was the 1849 $10 graduated AU-53 (PCGS) CAC, which set a new all-time record for the issue at $840,000. The second part of the Larry H. Miller collection fetched over $14.5 million in the December sale, bringing the total price realized for the collection to over $23.5 million.
The second session of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries December sale highlighted the rarities of several prominent firms, including the Bay of Naples Collection. A superb MS-67 (PCGS) 1866 With Dollar Currency took the lead in the session $150,000, a new auction record for the show. The gold currency also attracted considerable attention, marked by an MS-63 (PCGS) 1915-S Panama-Pacific octagonal $50 which sold for $72,000 and a Sand Blast Proof-67+ (PCGS) 1912 Indian Quarter Eagle who won $57,600.
With over $17.8 million in prizes realized at Stack’s Bowers Galleries December auction, the company is now gearing up for its 2021 season, confident in the strength of the numismatic market. Already, Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2021 auction promises to be an impressive event, and additional submissions of US coins and paper money are invited through the January 25 deadline. If you would like to consign your collection to the March 2021 event or have questions about the consignment process, contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries today at [email protected] or by phone at 800-458-4646.