Over $ 31 million worth of U.S. coins sold at August ANA auction at Stack’s Bowers
Over US $ 31 million in United States Coins and Americana was sold in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA auction of August 2021, contributing more than $ 50 million in realized prices across all product categories. Hosted since Griffin Studios, the state-of-the-art auction house of Stack’s Bowers Galleries in Costa Mesa, California, this sale set a record as the most valuable ANA sales in companies nearly 90 years of history.
This record-breaking auction was fueled by numerous individual records in all categories of United States coins, highlighted by the $ 7.68 million Proof-68 (PCGS) Childs-Pogue 1804 Class I silver dollar, the finest example of the “King of American Coins”. This rarity is now the fifth most valuable U.S. coin ever sold and also the second most valuable U.S. silver dollar of all models, ranking behind only the 1794 Floating Haired Dollar sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in their 2013 auction.
An exceptional, recently discovered dollar, Flowing Hair of 1794 won the second highest prize in the August sale at $ 840,000. Other top performing artists include the original neighborhood Mickley-Norweb 1827 which has $ 588,000; a draped bust dollar close to Gem 1796 who made $ 456,000; a Mint State 1796 Stars quarter eagle that sold for the same amount; and the Norweb 1796 Draped Bust half dollar that won $ 312,000.
These individual treasures have been donated alongside an array of sophisticated collections that include some of the greatest rarities of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the “red book“). The Pines du Château collection was one of the largest US gold coin cabinets sold in recent years, spanning the first issues of 1795 until the final official versions in 1932. Outstanding results from this collection include a 1913 Double Eagle Gem Proof who won $ 336,000, setting a record as the most valuable Saint-Gaudens proof with double eagle motto. Additionally, a double eagle Gem Proof 1896 Liberty Head set a record for issuance at $ 228,000.
An almost unprecedented offer of Nickel Jefferson of George “Buddy” Byers Buckeye Collection grossed over $ 583,000 and set several records in the process, including $ 33,600 made by a Gem Full Steps 1969-D nickel and $ 8,400 won by a Proof-69 DCAM (PCGS) 1959 nickel.
The Silver Springs Collection presented the most popular series of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was highlighted by $ 44,400 made by an Indian cent Gem Red 1872 and $ 26,400 made by a Superb Gem Proof 1901 Morgan dollar.
A complete selection of Seated freedom coins, Barber Parts, and first half dollars was presented from the Lincoln Square Collection. Highlights included an AU-50 1823/2 quarter from the Eliasberg collection which carried out $ 96,000, and an MS-61 (PCGS OGH) 1878-S Liberty Seated half dollar which brought $ 108,000.
The Collection of a southern gentleman offered an incredible parade of Territorial gold currency issued by the Bechtler family of North Carolina, with exceptional results led by an AU-55 (PCGS) CAC K-15 (R-7) Bechtler $ 5 which brought in $ 40,800 and an MS-62 (NGC) K-13 (R-6) Bechtler $ 2.50 which sold for $ 28,800.
The Oregon Collection presented a wide selection of California Fractional Gold coins that covered nearly 70 distinct Breen-Gillio varieties and featured many of the finest examples known. Records were set by the 1854 Octagonal 25 cents BG-103 which brought $ 90,000 and the unique 1854-DERI octagonal $ 1 BG-529A which produced $ 57,600.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries August auction also featured duplicates of the record Short set Lulu Collection of Walking Liberty Half Dollars which made nearly $ 1 million at the company’s June 2021 auction. The August offering was an accomplished collection on its own and included rarities such as a 1942 half dollar MS-68 (PCGS) that won $ 25,200 and a CAC MS-67 + (PCGS) from 1943-S which brought $ 50,400.
Numismatic Americana also had an outstanding performance in the Stack’s Bowers August ANA sale, crowned with a magnificent Congressional Gold Medal “1818” awarded to William Henry Harrison which was sold for $ 600,000, setting a new record as the most valuable US currency medal. A Franklin Winged Genius bronze medal of 1784 also set a record for $ 48,000, surpassing what a silver example brought to the November 2019 Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale.
Those $ 50 million in overall realized prices, including $ 31 million in U.S. coins, represent a 70% increase from the company’s 2019 ANA sales results and more than double the total achieved in August 2020.
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For more information on Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ record ANA sale in August 2021 or to send your numismatic treasures to a future auction, contact the company at 800-458-4646 or email [email protected]. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is now accepting submissions to their November auction until September 21, while their Collector’s Choice Online Auctions (CCO) offer a convenient place for the fastest sale at the highest prices.