Stack’s Bowers Galleries is Auctioning Eight of the Top 10 American Coins of 2020

Eight of the 10 highest auction prices achieved for US coins in 2020 were achieved by Stack Bowers Galleries, highlighting their role as a premier resource for world-class numismatic rarities. Among these eight exceptional results, six pieces exceeded one million dollars, including two distinct examples of the famous 1804 Dollar Draped Bust.

“We are delighted to have achieved eight of the top 10 awards achieved in this challenging year, an achievement that reflects our industry-leading innovation and expertise,” said the President of Stack’s Bowers Galleries Brian Kendella. “What’s most remarkable,” he explained, “is that each of these pieces are old friends that we’ve sold before over the 85-year history of our company. We are proud to be the consistent choice for the premier rarities auction, and it has been a privilege to introduce these pieces to a new generation of collectors in 2020.”

The highest prize achieved this year was won by the Proof-65 (PCGS) 1804 Class I Original Draped Bust dollar which sold for $3,360,000, setting a new record for this grade level. This piece was acquired directly from the United States currency in 1843 by collector Matthew Stickney and was featured in the Larry H. Miller Collection, Part Two by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in their December 2020 sale. The company previously sold this piece during its April 1997 sale of the legendary Eliasberg Collection for $1,815,000; it was his last appearance at public auction.

Win the third highest award of the year at $1,920,000 was the 1854-S half eagle featured in the D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part VII. Previously included in the Eliasberg Collection, this AU-58+ (PCGS) Half Eagle is the finest known of the three confirmed to exist.

Fifth place on this list is shared by two plays who each achieved $1,440,000 in Stack’s Bowers Galleries sales. The first of these coins was the Proof-55 (PCGS) Class III Restart 1804 dollars offered in the March Sale of the Pogue Collection, Part VII. It had already been sold during the company’s 1980 sale of the Garrett-Collection and before that had been held by the Garrett family from 1883 to 1942 before being bequeathed to Johns Hopkins University.

A CAC Proof-65 (NGC) 1894-S barber coin realized $1,440,000 in part two of the Larry H. Miller collection, setting a new record for the rating. This dime, which was also part of the Eliasberg collection, was recognized by the founder of CAC, John Albanian, as his “favorite” of the nine known.

Proof-64 (PCGS) 1885 Trade Dollar from E. Horatio Morgan Collection took seventh place when it cleared the auction block at $1,320,000. It is the second best of five known and was first handled by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in their 1965 sale of the Ewalt-Collection.

Number eight is a historic MS-62 (NGC) 1794 Flowing Haired Dollar who realized $1,050,000 as part of the Miller Collection, Part Two. Stack’s Bowers Galleries privately traded it several times before it appeared in their 1976 Voluntary collection to sell. Most notably, it is the only coin among the top 10 prizes achieved in 2020 that was minted for circulation by the Philadelphia Mint.

Ninth place in the 2020 ranking is occupied by the magnificent Miller Collection 1849 Mormon $10 CAC graduated AU-53 (PCGS) sold for $840,000, setting a new all-time high for the problem. Genealogy of the famous collection of Collar. EHR Green, Stack’s Bowers Galleries had already offered it during their January 1984 sale of Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection, where it sold for $132,000.

The incredible CAC MS-67 DMPL (PCGS) closed this list at number ten. 1886-O Dollar Morgan who brought $780,000 in the first part of the Larry H. Miller collection. It has been called “the most spectacular known Morgan dollar” by a scholar Wayne Miller and ranks as the only best example rated by PCGS.

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In addition to these top eight results, Stack’s Bowers Galleries also auctioned off 10 of the top 15 and 16 of the top 25 pieces of the year. The firm is now preparing for its 2021 auction season and its March auction is already promising to be an impressive event. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is inviting submissions of U.S. coins and paper money for this sale through January 25. If you would like to consign your collection to the March 2021 event or have questions about the submission process, contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries today at [email protected] or by phone at 800-458-4646.

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