Simpson Collection returns for the Central States US Coins of Heritage event
The Warren, Long Island and Fred Weinberg Collections are also among the top attractions May 4-8
For some collectors, the more fertile the mine, the greater the treasure it contains.
Such is the case with Heritage auctions US Central States Coin Auctionsone of the main annual events for the most serious numismatic collectors.
This year’s May 4-8 event is filled with nearly 3,000 lots, many of which come directly from major collections.
Important Selections from the Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part VIII
Long before he became part owner of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, Bob R Simpson possesses XTOpreviously Cross Timbers Oil Co. Simpson’s collection has been classified by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as one of the best ever amassed.
“The Bob R. Simpson collection is as impressive in its quality as in its quantity of extraordinary rarities, which has enabled us to arrive at this eighth installment”, mentioned Greg RohanPresident of Heritage Auctions. “What he has collected over the years is an assemblage of some of the best coins in the world, many of which will become the centerpieces of their new collections.”
Among the highlights of The Simpson Collection at this event:
- A 1863 Double Eagle PR65+ Cameo PCGS. CAC. JD-1, Weak R.7 comes from a reported print run of only 30 copies. This beauty is exceptionally rare: both Jean Dannreuther and PCGS CoinFacts estimate no more than 10–12 proofs—some in poor condition—survive today in all grades. Two are in the National Numismatic Collection to Smithsonian Institution and another is in the collection of the American Numismatic Society (ANS). The Simpson example offered in this auction is the finest known of this acclaimed 19th century rarity.
- A 1839 Gobrecht Dollar Name omitted, Judd-107 Restrike, Pollock-119, Unique, PR65 Brown PCGS is considered one of a kind, as no other specimens have surfaced since this coin was first sold at auction in 1908. The Judd-107 is essentially a copper struck Judd-105, and it was one of two missing Gobrecht and Mule numbers from the extraordinary collection of the late Dr. Julius Korein, whose collection was given to the ANS and remains there. This auction marks the second time in the last half-century that this piece has been put up for public auction.
- A 1915 Gold Panama-Pacific Half Dollar, Judd-1960, (formerly Judd-1793, Pollock-2031), High R.8, PR64 PCGS is one of the rarest and most enigmatic numbers in the American model series; this offered coin is one of only two known examples and is struck on a cut Double eagle of Saint-Gaudens. Eric P. Newman’s handwritten notes indicate that “Colonel” green EHR possessed the two known gold specimens, four of the silver examples, and three of the copper coins. These extremely rare patterns were clearly clandestine minting, produced at the Philadelphia Mint before mintmark hallmarks were applied to working dies.
The Warren collection
the Warren collection includes an almost complete series of date/mintmarks of Saint-Gaudens double eagles, as well as 11 Proof-certified sets, with dates ranging from 1860 to 1869, plus 1880. The sets, each of which is ranked as the best of all time for those fixated on the PCGS Registerare sold in individual piece lots.
Warren Collection highlights include:
- A 1930-S Double Eagle MS65 PCGS is the second rarest collector’s issue in the Saint-Gaudens series after the 1927-D. The famous 1933 double eagleof which at least 13 pieces are known, is not legal to own (apart from the monetized King Farouk example) and therefore cannot be considered a collector’s item. In 1930 the San Francisco Mint produced just 74,000 double eagles—one of the series’ lowest draws—in its final twenty-dollar issue. But the 1930-S is even rarer, originally intended for use as currency reserves, rather than circulation issues, as the Great Depression had greatly reduced the ability of the economy to absorb virtually any significant amount of high-value gold coins. Search by Roger W. Burdette indicates that only 727 copies of this issue were available for acquisition by collectors, and many of these pieces went uncirculated. No more than 75 examples are believed to exist today, almost all in uncirculated grades.
- A 1920-S Double Eagle MS65 PCGS is one of the few MS65 or finer coins to ever hit the market. Only two MS66 parts are certified at PCGS; the example offered in this auction is one of the four jewels of this service. Virtually all of the 558,000 1920-S minted were melted down, and no European hoards emerged in subsequent years to augment the small population of known survivors. The example offered here, which Heritage Auctions sold in 2011 for $212,750, is one of six examples of the PCGS 1920-S Double Eagle Roster, MS65 and finer specimens.
The Long Island Collection, Part III
The third installment of this collection features exemplary rarities, including a notable number of choice Colonials. Among the highlights of the Long Island collection:
- A 1854-S Quarter Eagle VG10 PCGSthe first one quarter eagle of freedom minted at the San Francisco Mint, which claims a tiny mintage of just 246 coins – a production total less than all but the 1875 Eagle (100 coins) and Half Eagle (200 coins). The first verifiable appearance of this coin at auction was during the 1979 ANA convention auction; it has appeared at auction twice since then, but has not been on the market for 22 years. This is one of 12 examples that are on the list of 1854-S Liberty Quarter Eagles.
- Of the six varieties listed in by Walter Breen Complete encyclopedia under the “New Hampshire Brass” heading, a 1776 New Hampshire Pine Tree Copper, Breen-708, Whitman-8395, R.7 high, Good 6 PCGS. CAC is the only variety considered a true New Hampshire copper. Surviving examples are exceptionally rare: Walter Breen estimated that there are eight or nine pieces, and Q. David Bowers suggested the total could be as high as 32 when he rated this variety “URS-5 or 6” in the Whitman’s Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins.
- One of only two known examples of 1714 Gloucester Shilling Fine 12 NGC. Breen-237, W-8180, R.8 stems from a problem most collectors never encounter “in the wild” and hasn’t been seen publicly for four decades, making it an indisputable prize for the most advanced colonial collector. The copy offered in this auction is classified Fine 12, but its technical note is less important than its rarity.
The Fred Weinberg Collection
Those who enjoy collecting error coins will find plenty of options among the 151 lots in the collection at this auction, including:
- A (2000)-P Sacagawea Dollar/Statehood Quarter Mule MS65+ PCGSwhich would have been discovered in an otherwise ordinary roll of paper Sacagawea Dollars in May 2000 by Frank Wallis of mountain house, Arkansas. Heritage Auctions experts know of only eight other auction appearances of the Sacagawea dollar/statehood quarter mule. The example on offer is one of what are believed to be around 18 remaining specimens, most of which were acquired over the past two decades by New Mexico numismatist Tommy Bolak.
- A 1880-S Morgan Dollar – Struck 40% from center – MS63 PCGS immediately catches the eye, partly because it’s so off-center. For comparison, most off-center Morgans offered by Heritage Auctions are in distributed grades and are off center by 20% or less. Finding a coin graded MS63 or finer and struck this far from center is extremely rare. This example is so off-center, around 11:30, that most of “E PLURIBUS UNUM” and all of “ONE DOLLAR” is off the side. The whole eagle is present, but half of “LIBERTY” is absent, as is the top of freedom head. The mint mark area is missing from the coin, but PCGS believes this mint error was struck in San Francisco, due to its similarity in appearance to other mint states. 1880-S Silver Dollars.
Other top bundles include, but are not limited to:
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