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An auction hunter’s lesson

November 19, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Blogs, Cents, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By scott Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Over the weekend I attended an estate auction that included coins for sale. While my new business venture concentrates on all vintage collectibles, I am still a collector and continue to look for those interesting items and the good coins to add to my collection. As I was looking over the lots I noticed one […] Full article at the source>

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Here we go again: U.S. Mint fights collectors

September 9, 2014 in Auctions, Blogs, Cents, Charity, Coins, Collecting, Legal, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Mint, USA Coins

By scott (Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws )

After all the U.S. Mint has tried to do to make itself more appealing to the collecting community, they are now reverting to their old form and attacking a collectors for owning a coin they claim is “contraband.” The argument is over a 1974-D Lincoln cent made of aluminum that was to be auctions by […] Full article at the source>

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Marvelous Rarities and Collections at Gorny & Mosch

August 27, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By Coin Update

Be it an ox hide ingot, a unique silver medallion of Trajan, the largest collection of religious amulets and medals the market has ever seen or a nicely assorted collection of numismatics: Gorny & Mosch has spectacular offers for its October sale.

Make sure to keep the week from 13 to 17 October, 2014, free! For there will be something spectacular at Gorny & Mosch’s agenda. Auction sale #224 offers magnificent rarities dating from ancient Full article and pictures at the source>

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The Saints Come Marching In To September 2014 Long Beach Expo

August 13, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Gold, Gold Coins, Medals, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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August 13 2014

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Steve Sloan, for Long Beach Expo, (949) 567-1223

The Saints Come Marching In
To September 2014 Long Beach Expo

(Long Beach, California) —  Free admission coupons will be available, and the all-time finest collection of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle gold coins will be displayed in public for the first time anywhere at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com), September 4 – 6, 2014.

“The A&A Saints Collection has a grade point average of 65.63, and now ranks as both the current number one and all-time finest Saint-Gaudens $20 Gold Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1907-1932) in the PCGS Set Registry™.  This remarkable set includes eight of the finest known PCGS-certified Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles and 13 others that are tied for finest known.” said Cassi East, Long Beach Expo President.

Formerly in the Bentley Collection, this 1927-D Double Eagle, PCGS MS63, now is part of The A&A Saints Collection. (Photo by PCGS.)

Formerly in the Bentley Collection, this 1927-D Double Eagle, PCGS MS63, now is part of The A&A Saints Collection. (Photo by PCGS.)

he finest known 1932 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, PCGS MS66+, is one of the highlights of The A&A Saints Collection. (Photo by PCGS.)

The finest known 1932 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, PCGS MS66+, is one of the highlights of The A&A Saints Collection. (Photo by PCGS.)

Engraved by Gilroy Roberts, this 1953 U.S. Assay Commission medal is the finest known, graded PCGS SP65, and part of the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection on display at the September 2014 Long Beach Expo. (Photo by PCGS.)

Engraved by Gilroy Roberts, this 1953 U.S. Assay Commission medal is the finest known, graded PCGS SP65, and part of the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection on display at the September 2014 Long Beach Expo. (Photo by PCGS.)

Among the outstanding coins in the collection are:

  • 1908-D No Motto, the finest known and graded PCGS MS66+
  • 1909-D, pedigreed to the Eliasberg Collection, tied for finest known, PCGS MS67
  • 1914, pedigreed to the Duckor Collection and the finest known, PCGS MS66+
  • 1922-S, finest known, PCGS MS66+
  • 1924, finest known, PCGS MS68
  • 1927-D, pedigreed to the Bentley Collection, PCGS MS63
  • 1932, pedigreed to the Akers and Duckor Collections, finest known, PCGS MS66+

“The A&A Saint-Gaudens Collection set will be exhibited for the first time anywhere in the Collectibles Display area of the Long Beach Expo.  This display is courtesy of both the set’s anonymous Illinois owner and dealer Barry Stuppler of Stuppler & Company, Woodland Hills, California (booth #1129) who has been assisting the owner to build the amazing collection,” said East.

Stuppler stated: “After half a century as a collector and dealer, this is the finest gold coin collection I’ve ever had the pleasure of helping to build.  The owner of this Saints set has been collecting for about 15 years and considers this the centerpiece of his many coin collections.”

The superb quality “Numismatic Americana Reference Collection” of Medals of the United States Assay Commission, exhibited for the first time at the recent ANA World’s Fair of MoneySM, also will be displayed at the September 2014 Long Beach Expo.  It is the all-time finest PCGS Set Registry® set of historic U.S. Assay Commission medals of 1860 to 1977, and will be displayed at the Professional Coin Grading Service booth (#807).

“The set has a weighted grade point average of 62.345 and is owned by PCGS Authorized Dealer William Shamhart, Jr. of Numismatic Americana, Inc. (booth #633) in Chester, New Jersey.  This will be the first time the set has been displayed in California,” said BJ Searls, Collectors Universe Set Registry & Special Projects Director.

In addition to numismatic displays, 1964-era memorabilia of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan, as well as a classic mid-1960s red Ford Mustang convertible nicknamed, “Cherry Pie,” will also be among the exhibit highlights of the show.  An original copy of The Beatles’ first U.S. recording contract with Vee Jay Records, valued today at $100,000, will be displayed.

The Long Beach Expo was started in 1964, and the entertainment memorabilia from that era is part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebration.

PCGS will offer a special opportunity for “crossover” service at the September show.  The usual Crossover grading fee will be waived on coins submitted at the show that do not crossover into PCGS holders.  Information about the PCGS Crossover Special can be found online at www.PCGS.com.

“More than 500 collectibles dealers attending the show buying and selling rare coins, gold, silver, paper money, stamps, sports memorabilia, estate jewelry and other collectibles.  Heritage Auctions, official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will conduct sales (www.longbeachexpo.com/auctions) of United States and world rare coins and paper money, and there will be educational seminars and club meetings during the show,” said East.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16.  However, free admission coupons are available in advance online.  Show hours are Thursday and Friday, September 4 and 5, from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, September 6, from 10 am to 5 pm.

“Simply go to our website, www.LongBeachExpo.com, click ‘Get Passes,’ enter the special Promo Code, SEPTPR, and print out the free admission coupon to present at the show’s registration desk,” said East.

For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at (888) 743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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PNG Announces October 2014 New York Show

August 12, 2014 in Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Events, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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August 12, 2014

News media contact:
Robert Brueggeman, (951) 587-8300

PNG Announces October 2014 New York Show

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(New York, New York) — The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) will conduct a coin and paper money show in the Times Squares area of New York City, October 9 – 11, 2014.  The PNG New York Invitational will be open to the public at the Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 West 44h Street, just half a block East of Broadway.

Major auctions will be conducted in conjunction with the show by both Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) and Stack’s Bowers Galleries (www.StacksBowers.com).

The three-day show is being produced by the same experienced team that has successfully created PNG Days and other collectibles shows across the country for over two decades.

“This will be the first major rare coin and paper money show with PNG backing in mid-town Manhattan in nearly 20 years,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.  “We’re excited about the opportunities for collectors and dealers to conveniently get together for a premier show in the heart of the Broadway Theater District with everything it has to offer for visitors as well as New York area residents.”

More than 100 dealers are expected to have tables at the show.  A limited number of tables are still available, and dealers do not have to be PNG members to obtain a table at the show.

Public registration will be on the 7th floor of the hotel.  Admission will be $10 at the door; however, $5 admission coupons are available online at www.PNGdealers.org and admission is free with an invitation from participating PNG member-dealers.

The PNG has obtained special discount hotel rates at the Millennium Broadway that are more than $100 per night lower than currently available even on hotel discount websites for that busy period.  A special discount rate of $329 per night is available by calling the Millennium Broadway Hotel, (212) 768-4400,

and requesting “the PNG convention rate” at the time of booking.

Public hours will be Thursday, October 9, from 10 am to 6 pm; Friday, October 10, from 9 am to 6 pm; and on Saturday, October 11, from 9 am to 5 pm.

For additional information, contact the Professional Numismatists Guild by phone at (951) 587-8300 or via email at info@pngdealers.org.

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Douglas Winter Numismatics Sets World Record with $1.645 Million Dollar Purchase

August 12, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Records

By Douglas Winter

The World Record Setting 1861 Paquet Reverse Liberty Head double eagle, PCGS MS61

Douglas Winter Numismatics, a Portland Oregon rare coin firm specializing in choice 18th and 19th century United States gold coinage,  recently set a world auction record for a Liberty Head double eagle and for any Liberty Head gold coin by purchasing a PCGS MS61  example of the excessively rare 1861 Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Category: Market Blog, “double eagle”, 1861 Paquet double eagle, Liberty Head double eagle, Liberty Head double eagles, Paquet reverse, press release, rare gold coins, world record

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Top Five Heritage ANA Auction Lots Sell for More Than $6 Million

August 8, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Asociation), Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Dennis Hengeveld (http://news.coinupdate.com/)

In conjunction with the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money held in Chicago this week, Heritage Auctions offered a number of historical and valuable pieces in their US Coins Signature Auction. These are coins that are not only historically interesting for their background, they are also coins that are Full article at the source>

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Category: Coin Auctions, US Coins

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The silver-coloured 2p freak coin that was accidentally made in the wrong metal is set to sell for £1,000 at auction

July 26, 2014 in Auctions, Coin Errors, Coins, Collecting, Cupro-Nickel Coins, English Coins, Errors, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By MAIL ON SUNDAY REPORTER. 26 July 2014 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)

  • Coin was accidentally made in cupronickel rather than bronze 

  • Was discovered in 1988 by a petrol station owner opening roll of new coins 

  • Could fetch up to £1,000 at auction next week in Dorset  

A two pence piece that was accidentally made in the wrong metal is set to sell for 50,000 times its face value.

The coin was struck in cupronickel, the blend of copper and nickel formerly used for 10p and 5p coins, when it should have been bronze.

The errant coin, thought to be unique, was discovered in 1988, by the owner of a petrol station in a roll of new coins.

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New Book Offers Advice for Online Coin Auctions

July 18, 2014 in Auctions, Books, Coins, E-commerce, Ebay, Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

July 18, 2014. By Coin Update (http://news.coinupdate.com/)

Numismatic writer Michael Bugeja has assembled a new, updated work–Online Coin Auctioneering–intended for estate auctioneers considering or already selling on a portal such as AuctionZip, iCollector or Proxibid. The advice in this new work also pertains to eBay and coin dealer auctions.

Bugeja writes that all online coin auctions, from the largest to the littlest, have these things in common:

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PCGS Certifies Rare Transitional Peace Dollars From Former Mint Director’s Estate

July 11, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Asociation), Antique Coins, Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Events, Grading, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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PCGS Certifies Rare Transitional Peace Dollars From Former Mint Director’s Estate

Five rare 1921 and 1922 proof and circulation strike Peace dollars that reflect historic transition changes in the original high-relief design of the series have been authenticated and graded by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com). The coins exhibit different finishes and relief, including a previously unreported 1921 High Relief sandblasted and antiqued finish presentation specimen.

For over 90 years the coins were under the numismatic market radar, owned by and later in the estate of Raymond T. Baker (1877 – 1935) who was United States Mint Director at the time the five Peace dollars were struck.

“This is a fantastic group of 1921 and 1922 transitional coins, and is one of the most significant group of 20th century coins we’ve seen in a long time,” said PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.

The coins were submitted for certification by PCGS Authorized Dealer Ronald J. Gillio on behalf of Stack’s Bowers Galleries (www.Stacks.com).  Stack’s will offer them in their upcoming public auction in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois.

“There are three ‘discovery’ pieces among these five important coins, and PCGS has created three new classification numbers to formally recognize and catalog them.  Each of the five transitional Peace dollars now have the “Baker Estate’ pedigree indicated on the insert label in their PCGS holders,” explained PCGS President Don Willis.

“With submission of these historic Baker Estate coins, PCGS now as identified and certified over the years a total of 19 different proof 1922 Peace dollars,” said Willis.

Baker served as Mint Director from March 1917 to March 1922.

“During his tenure, Baker oversaw the introduction of the new Peace dollar in 1921 and the subsequent design modifications in early 1922.  Because of his position, he was able to acquire several important numismatic rarities that have remained off the market since the time of their production,” explained Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive resource for information about U.S. coins.

The five recently certified coins and their grades and varieties are:

  • 1921 $1 PCGS SP64.  A discovery coin that has a normal High Relief design, but with a sandblasted and antiqued finish.
  • 1922 $1 PCGS PR67.  Modified High Relief (Judd-2020).  Satin (or “Bright”) finish.  A total of 3,200 production trial examples were struck, but only a few were not subsequently destroyed.  This surviving example is believed to be one of the first made and produced on a Mint press used to strike medals to bring up the Peace dollar design details.
  • 1922 $1 PCGS MS65.  Modified High Relief (J-2020, same die pair as the preceding coin).  It has the number “3200” inked in the left obverse field indicating it was the last coin struck from the production run of 3,200 before the obverse die failed.  It was struck on a normal production press.
  • 1922 $1 PCGS MS67.  Low Relief (Early hub dies, as adopted, but with the B1 reverse).  It was pulled from production when the press indicator reached 140,000 coins struck.
  • 1922 $1 PCGS MS67.  A second Low Relief, early hub dies example, pulled from production at the same time as the preceding coin.
A discovery coin, this 1921 Peace dollar, PCGS SP64, has a normal High Relief design, but with a sandblasted and antique finish.

A discovery coin, this 1921 Peace dollar, PCGS SP64, has a normal High Relief design, but with a sandblasted and antique finish.

From the Baker Estate and graded PCGS PR67, this is one of the few surviving trial examples (J-2020) of 1922 Peace dollars with a Modified High Relief and a Satin finish.

From the Baker Estate and graded PCGS PR67, this is one of the few surviving trial examples (J-2020) of 1922 Peace dollars with a Modified High Relief and a Satin finish.

1922 Low Relief, Early Hub Dies Peace dollar, PCGS MS67.

1922 Low Relief, Early Hub Dies Peace dollar, PCGS MS67.

From the Baker Estate and graded PCGS PR67, this is one of the few surviving trial examples (J-2020) of 1922 Peace dollars with a Modified High Relief and a Satin finish.

From the Baker Estate and graded PCGS PR67, this is one of the few surviving trial examples (J-2020) of 1922 Peace dollars with a Modified High Relief and a Satin finish.

Another 1922 Low Relief, Early Hub Dies Peace dollar from the Baker Estate, also graded PCGS MS67.

Another 1922 Low Relief, Early Hub Dies Peace dollar from the Baker Estate, also graded PCGS MS67.

“This remarkable assemblage traces the transition from the High Relief design of 1921 to the Low Relief design of 1922, and all of the intermediate steps,” said Guth.

“The higher striking pressures required to bring up the full details of the 1921 Peace Dollar caused the dies to fail prematurely.  In an attempt to solve this problem, Mint employees lowered the relief of the design, but only slightly.  These coins are known as the Modified (or Medium) Relief design, but they failed for the same reason as the 1921s.  Ultimately, the design details were reduced drastically, as seen on all of the circulation strike Peace Dollars from 1922 to 1935,” Guth explained.

One of the coins in the group can be tied directly to a January 8, 1922 letter from Mint Superintendent Freas Styer when he sent three 1922-dated experimental coins to Mint Director Baker.  Superintendent Styer wrote: “…the coin marked ‘3200’ was the thirty-second hundredth piece struck – the last before the die sunk.”

Guth stated:  “The historic importance of that coin is immeasurable. This is one of the rare instances when a particular coin can be tied positively to contemporary correspondence.”

Circumstantial evidence supports a claim that the 1922 “Bright” finish Modified High Relief was also included with that letter.  The “Sandblast” finish coin cited in the letter remains unidentified.

Earlier this year, PCGS certified the finest 1922 Matte Finish High Relief Peace dollar, graded PCGS PR67, that also originated from Mint Director Baker’s estate.  It will be one of the featured exhibits in the official Museum Showcase display at the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 5 – 9, courtesy of collector Bob R. Simpson of Texas and Legend Numismatics of New Jersey (www.legendcoin.com).

Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service experts have authenticated and graded over 27 million coins with an estimated market value of $27 billion.  For additional information about PCGS services, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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Legend Numismatics Hot Topics (The Pogue Collection)

July 8, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics (The Pogue Collection)

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Free Admission and Gold Coin Prizes At 2014 PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show

June 16, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Asociation), Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, News, NGC, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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June 16, 2014

 

News media contacts:
Robert Brueggeman, for PNG, (951) 587-8300
Jake Sherlock, for ANA, (719) 482-9872

 

Free Admission and Gold Coin Prizes At 2014 PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show

(Rosemont, Illinois) — Complimentary admission coupons for collectors and the general public are now available for the PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show being jointly conducted August 2 – 4, 2014 by the Professional Numismatists Guild (http://www.PNGdealers.org) and the American Numismatic Association (http://www.money.org).  One lucky visitor each day will win a U.S. $20 denomination gold coin valued at more than $1,300.

The three day, Saturday-to-Monday show will be held immediately prior to and in the same location as the Chicago 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money SM in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.  Public hours will be Saturday, August 2, from 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, August 3, from 9 am to 6 pm; and Monday, August 4, from 9 am to noon.

Auction lot viewing will be conducted during the show by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions, the ANA’s official 2014 auctioneers.

“The PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show will be open to the public to buy and sell,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“This show is being produced by the same, experienced team that successfully organized PNG Day shows across the country for two decades,” added Brueggeman.

Admission at the door will be $6 per person; however, free admission coupons and complimentary invitations are available in advance now from the approximately 100 participating dealers who will have tables at the show.  A list of the those dealers is online at http://www.pngdealers.org/images/ANAdirectory.2014.pdf.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, the official grading service of PNG, and Professional Coin Grading Service will both be accepting submissions at the show, and PCGS will be conducting on-site grading.

For additional information about the PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show, go to http://www.pngdealers.org/events, or contact the Professional Numismatists Guild by phone at (951) 587-8300 or by email at info@PNGdealers.org.

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Historic Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

June 2, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Asociation), Antique Coins, Auctions, Bronce Coins, Charity, Coin Grading, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Events, NGC, Nickel Coins, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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June 2, 2014

News media contact:
Noah Fleisher, (214) 409-1143  NoahF@ha.com

Historic Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

 

Proceeds from August 7, 2014 auction of these 30 coins will aid philanthropic mission of Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation

 

(Dallas, Texas) — Thirty United States pattern coins from the acclaimed collection of the late Texas business executive and philanthropist Harry W. Bass Jr. (1927 – 1998) will be offered without reserves during the Platinum Night auction conducted by Heritage Auctions (http://www.ha.com) on August 7th, 2014 during the Chicago 2014 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of MoneySM.  Proceeds from the sale will be used for philanthropic purposes by the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation of Dallas.

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

For the past 14 years, the 30 historic patterns have been on loan to the ANA and were frequently displayed in rotation with hundreds of other Bass Collection coins at the association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum at ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The coins in the upcoming auction include an 1838 plain edge Liberty Seated half dollar in copper (Judd-77), an 1865 with motto Seated Dollar in silver (J-434) and an 1875 Trade dollar in silver (J-1426).  All of the consigned Bass coins are being submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation for grading and will have the pedigree on the insert labels in the holders.

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

“These literally are museum-quality rare coins!,” said Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions, an official auctioneer of the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

“These amazing patterns come to the Chicago auction out of the specialized holdings of the Bass Collection that has been on display at the ANA Museum since 2000 when the ANA was selected by the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation to hold this incredible collection,” explained Imhof.

F. David Calhoun, Executive Director of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation stated: “Over the years, Harry Bass worked with various experts at Heritage and made purchases with our Dallas neighbor, but never consigned through their auctions. Now, we are returning selections to the marketplace. As the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation sells these coins to provide funds to support our philanthropic mission, we are seeking the highest possible return. I trust Heritage to provide that, and I look forward to working with them in this new capacity.”

Pattern coins were produced usually in small quantity to test proposed designs, and sometimes were struck in various metals.  U.S. patterns are often cited by their “J” number as part of the reference system originally created by researcher and patterns reference book author, Dr. J. Hewitt Judd.

In addition to J-77, 434 and 1426 mentioned above, the 27 other patterns from the Bass Collection that will be offered at the auction are:

  • 1838 Seated Liberty half dollar, J-79 original in silver
  • 1850 Annular Cent, J-119 in billon
  • 1855 Flying Eagle cent, J-168 in bronze
  • 1861 With Motto half dollar, J-278 in copper
  • 1863 Postage Currency dime, J-326 in copper
  • 1863 With Motto quarter dollar, J-335 in silver
  • 1863 With Motto half dollar, J-344 in aluminum
  • 1865 With Motto half dollar, J-429 in silver
  • 1866 Washington five cent, J-473 in nickel
  • 1866 Shield nickel, J-509 in bronze
  • 1868 cent, J-606 in copper
  • 1869 Standard Silver quarter dollar, J-721 in silver
  • 1870 half dime, J-815 in copper
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1090 in silver
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1092 in aluminum
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1093 in silver
  • 1871 Indian Princess dollar, J-1149 in aluminum
  • 1872 Commercial dollar, J-1219 in silver
  • 1873 Trade dollar, J-1293 in silver
  • 1873 Trade dollar, J-1322 in silver
  • 1874 Twenty cent piece, J-1355 in copper
  • 1874 Twenty cent piece, J-1356 in aluminum
  • 1879 quarter dollar, J-1591 in copper
  • 1881 cent, J-1665 in aluminum
  • 1882 Shield nickel, J-1697 in nickel
  • 1885 Snowden dollar, J-1747 in silver
  • 1896 five cents, J-1771 in nickel

“Harry W. Bass, Jr.’s collection has long been heralded as one of the most amazing collections ever put together, and we’ve been very fortunate to get to display these beautiful works of art at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum,” said Kim Kiick, ANA Executive Director. “Thousands of visitors to the Money Museum have enjoyed the Bass Collection over the years, and thousands more will continue to enjoy the rest of Harry Bass’s amazing collection in the interactive Bass Gallery. We very much appreciate our long-term relationship and support that the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation has given to the ANA.”

Bass was a life member of the ANA for more than 30 years.  He received the ANA Medal of Merit in 1989, and was selected to the association’s Numismatic Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of Texans by providing support to qualified organizations in the areas of education, human services, civic and community, science and research, and arts and culture. It funds special projects of public entities or other nonprofit 501(c)(3) endeavors. Mr. Bass sought to extend the accomplishments of his father’s Harry Bass Foundation, established by Harry Bass, Sr., supporting Dallas charitable and religious institutions, hospitals, and museums with funds from family oil interests and subsequent investments. Assets of the merged Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation have continued to grow with the sale of portions of Mr. Bass’s coin collection, following his death in April 1998. This auction will further that mission.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $900 million, and 850,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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San Francisco’s Old Mint To Hold Rare Coin Exhibit & Auction For New Museum

May 27, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Charity, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— While someone in San Francisco won the $70 million SuperLotto prize this weekend and the mystery tweeter is planting hidden cash about the Bay, one California family is ready to cash in on its own buried treasure.

The Saddle Ridge Hoard has been heralded as the greatest buried treasure discovery in the history of the country. This Tuesday night the first coin from the hoard is set to go up for auction.

One year ago, a Sierra Nevada couple found eight cans in their backyard that were stuffed with 1,400 19th century gold coins. Rare coin expert, David McCarthy with Kagin’s, who specializes in early and rare U.S. coins, has been helping the couple to prepare their treasure trove for auction.

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San Francisco Museum at the mint: http://www.theoldmint.org/

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