U.S. coins fetch nearly $ 14 million at Stacks Bowers Vegas auction
More than $ 13.94 million worth of U.S. and Americana numismatic coins were auctioned off at Stack’s Bowers Galleries in August 2020 in Las Vegas, contributing to the overall realized prices of $ 21,739,851 for sale in all categories, Stack’s Bowers announced in an Aug. 13 statement.
The auction was held August 5-7 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, alongside the PCGS Members Only Lounge, with additional internet-only sessions hosted on the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website from August 10-12. (All realized prices include the 20% buyer’s premium).
US coins crossed the auction block for the first time in Session 2 on Thursday, August 6, with Rarities Night featuring the ESM and Fairmont collections. The ESM Collection of United States Large Cents has made over $ 4.6 million. This offer was underscored by the famous Parmelee 1793 NC-3 Strawberry Leaf cent, which made $ 660,000 in lot 1006. Rated VG-10 (PCGS), this is the best of the four known examples.
Rare varieties continued to attract strong bids among Flowing Hair and Liberty Cap types, with one hundred Rarity-5 1794 S-48 Starred Reverse earning $ 156,000 in lot 1010 and one hundred Rarity-8 1795 NC-1 Jefferson Head selling for $ 408,000 in lot 1017, a new auction record for the strain. The Census Condition # 1 MS-65 BN (PCGS) CAC 1813 S-292 cent took first place for the Classic Head type at $ 96,000 in lot 1065, while the MS-67 BN (PCGS) 1830 N- 6 cent showed a strong result among the late dates at $ 72,000 in lot 1093.
American gold collectors had a selection of Liberty and Indian half eagles from the Fairmont collection, evidenced by MS-61 (PCGS) copies from 1909-O (lot 1542) and 1929 (lot 1559) , who made $ 19,200 and $ 22,800, respectively. A selection of Territorial and Shipwreck gold exhibited many rarities, including a $ 50 PCGS rated MS-64 CAC 1851 Humbert which won $ 432,000 in lot 1320 and an MS-62 (PCGS) 1849 Oregon “Beaver” $ 5 which sold for $ 336,000 in lot 1326. Other notable treasures of Rarities Night include a $ 10 MS-62 1797 Small Eagle which grossed $ 300,000 in lot 1272, and an MS-63 ( PCGS) 1921 Saint-Gaudens $ 20 which won $ 192,000 in lot 1304.
Session 3 started on Friday August 7th. The session opened with a large supply of American numismatics highlighted by the D. Brent Pogue Numismatic Library. Along with the rare Spanish Colonial Gold Coins from Session C, these selections from the Pogue Collection have grossed over $ 592,000. Total realized prices for the D. Brent Pogue collection now exceed $ 131,980,000, reaffirming its status as the most valuable numismatic collection ever sold. The Sherwood Collection of Civil War Tokens was another notable Americana offering, showcasing the condition’s census quality and several examples of Rarity-9s, such as a copper Fuld-328 / 328a brocking that grossed $ 1,680 in the lot 2225.
The numismatic Americana was followed by American coins which covered colonial issues through modern commemorations. Among these were Indian cents from the BSC Indians Set, showcased by a PCGS-listed MS-65 RD 1868 that sold for $ 10,200 in lot 2326. Specialists were also delighted by the Henry Collection of Liberty Seated half dimes, which offered rarities like an 1867 MS-67 CAC rated PCGS in lot 2574 which grossed $ 20,400. A remarkable selection of cast US Mint silver bullion drew record prices towards the end of the session, including a new auction record for a dated US Mint silver bullion set by the bullion from the 1959 San Francisco Mint in lot 3184 which made $ 28,800.
Additional US coins and numismatic Americana were offered in Internet-only Sessions 4 and 5, hosted on the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website on Monday August 10 and Tuesday August 11. Exonumia, Part I, featuring a wide range of desirable stamps and rare host coins like the PCGS-listed MS-66 BN General US Grant medal struck on a large 1850 plaited hair cent that fetched $ 840 in lot 4314.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries are now looking at their auction schedule through the end of the year and into 2021, including their monthly Collectors Choice Online sales, their November 2020 Baltimore sale of US coins and currency, and their January NYINC sale. 2021 of old coins. and coins and paper money of the world. Contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries today at 800-458-4646 or email [email protected] to send your collection to one of these popular auctions and enjoy their proven success.