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Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison Helps “Shave Miles” Event Raise $10,000 For ANA and Sick Children

August 4, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Charity, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Collecting, Conventions, Donations, Entertainment, Events, Fun, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

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Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison Helps “Shave Miles” Event Raise $10,000 For ANA and Sick Children

History’s Pawn Stars celebrity Rick Harrison makes the first pass of the electric cutter as NGC Vice President Miles Standish gets his head shaved at the World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, August 3, 2017, to raise money for the Austin-based Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare and the American Numismatic Association. Photo credit: Donn Pearlman.

History’s Pawn Stars celebrity Rick Harrison makes the first pass of the electric cutter as NGC Vice President Miles Standish gets his head shaved at the World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, August 3, 2017, to raise money for the Austin-based Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare and the American Numismatic Association.
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman.

Accompanied by Denver Broncos cheerleaders Krista (left) and Brielle (right) the now-hairless Miles Standish holds a t-shirt proclaiming: BALD GUYS Never have a bad hair day. Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

Accompanied by Denver Broncos cheerleaders Krista (left) and Brielle (right) the now-hairless Miles Standish holds a t-shirt proclaiming: BALD GUYS Never have a bad hair day.
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

Professional stylist "Dava" skillfully removed Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin's hair at the 2017 Denver World's Fair of Money to help raise $10,000 for the ANA and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare. Photo credit: Donn Pearlman​

Professional stylist “Dava” skillfully removed Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin’s hair at the 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money to help raise $10,000 for the ANA and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare.
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(Denver, Colorado) August 3, 2017 – With the help of nationally known television celebrity Rick Harrison and two Denver Broncos cheerleaders, prominent numismatists Michael “Miles” Standish, Jim Halperin and Orlando Rodrigo Lorenzana Williams got their heads shaved at the American Numismatic Association 2017 World’s Fair of Money® in Denver to raise money for two nonprofit organizations. The event on August 3 generated $10,000 in donations that will be evenly divided between the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org) and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare (www.sf4c.org).

Immediately after his head was shaved, Standish held up a t-shirt printed with the words: “BALD GUYS Never have a bad hair day.”

Standish is an award-winning numismatic author and Senior Grader and Vice-President of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Halperin is Co-Chairman of Heritage Auctions and also an author of numismatic books and futurist novels. Williams is Director of Sales at Coin Invest Trust in Liechtenstein.

Harrison, of the popular History’s Pawn Stars television program and the Las Vegas Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (www.gspawn.com), made the first pass of the electric cutter on Standish’s head and was among those who presented a donation check.  

Additional cutting was performed on Standish by coin hobby personalities including Lee Minshull, ANA President Jeff Garrett and former ANA President Ken Bressett.  

Broncos cheerleaders Brielle and Krista led cheers, signed autographs and posed for photos during the “Shave Miles” event.

A silent auction of a half dozen plaster sculptures by John Mercanti, who served as the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, also helped raise funds for the Standish Foundation and the ANA.

Miles’ wife, Andrea Mangione Standish, a certified child life specialist, launched the Austin, Texas-based foundation in 2010.  The foundation assists healthcare providers around the world to provide the tools and training they need to minimize healthcare-related pain and suffering in children.

“The mission of the foundation is to have happy, healthy, resilient kids who haven’t been traumatized by healthcare experiences.  This event was to help children get better care and to help an important hobby organization dear to me and to so many others, the American Numismatic Association,” he explained.

The 25,000-member American Numismatic Association, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect coins and related items.  The ANA serves the academic community, collectors, and the general public.

A native of Michigan, Standish began collecting in 1973 at the age of nine.  In 2011, he was honored with the “Director’s Coin for Excellence” by then-Director of the United States Mint Edmund Moy.

He is co-author with former Chief Engraving of the United States Mint, John Mercanti, of the 2012 reference book, “American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program.”  Standish’s 2014 book, “Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin,” received the 2015 Numismatic Literary Guild award for Best Specialized Book.  

Information about the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare is at www.sf4c.org and information about the American Numismatic Association is at www.money.org.

 

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Preview: Heritage Signature Auction of U.S. Coinage, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, New York

October 29, 2016 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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From October 31 through November 2, Heritage Auctions will hold a Signature Auction of U.S. coinage at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. In this preview article we’ll take a look at some of the highlights of the sale. All lots discussed in this article, as well as all lots from the entire auction, can be viewed on the Heritage website.

For our first lot we go back to the earliest days of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. Lot 5111 is an Uncirculated example of one of just two denominations struck at that facility in 1793… Full article at the source>

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Professor’s 1979 Chemistry Nobel Prize Gold Medal Offered By Heritage Auctions

October 6, 2016 in Collecting, Events, Exunumia, Gold, History, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Science

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October 6, 2016

News media contact:
Eric Bradley (214) 409-1871  ericb@ha.com

Professor’s 1979 Chemistry Nobel Prize

Gold Medal Offered By Heritage Auctions

Nobel Prize medal presented to chemist Georg Wittig for 1954 discovery of “The Wittig Reaction” is accompanied in October 19, 2016 auction by four other prestigious medals awarded to the noted German researcher and educator.

Prof. Georg Wittig's 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Prof. Georg Wittig’s 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

(Dallas, Texas) – The historic 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry awarded to Professor Georg Wittig (1897 – 1987) of Germany will be offered by Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) on October 19, 2016 as part of Heritage’s two-day Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction.  Four other gold medals awarded over the years to Prof. Wittig are also being offered together with the large, 22 carat Nobel Prize medal.

“Dr. Georg Wittig was a distinguished researcher, author and educator who received the 1972 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his 1954 discovery of what is now known as The Wittig Reaction, a process of regulating the regrouping of atoms in a molecule,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Heritage’s Executive Vice President of International Numismatics.  

“Professor Wittig’s work along with Nobel Prize co-recipient Herbert C. Brown made it possible to mass produce hundreds of important drugs, such as the arthritis medicine hydrocortisone, as well as mass produce industrial chemicals that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive,” Bierrenbach explained.

The Nobel Prize medal, designed by Swedish artist Erik Lindberg, measures 6.5 centimeters in diameter (approximately 2.5 inches) and weighs 204.0 grams (approximately 7.2 ounces).  Struck in 22 carat gold, it features female allegories of Science and Nature, with Wittig’s name and the year of the award engraved beneath. The front side features the likeness of Alfred Nobel with the dates of his birth, 1833, and death, 1896, in Roman numerals.

The medal is housed in the original presentation case received by Prof. Wittig in  1972.

The four other medals received by Prof. Wittig and accompanying the Nobel Prize medal in the auction are:

  • The Paul Karrer Award 22 carat, 97.7 grams, two inches in diameter gold medal presented in 1973 by Universitat Zurich.
  • The 14 carat, 123 grams, 2.25 inches gold medal Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics awarded in 1967, and is considered the highest German award for outstanding scientific achievements.
  • The Roger Adams Medal given by the American Chemical Society in 1973. It is cast in 10 carat gold, weighs 258.9 grams, and is three inches in diameter.
  • The Adolf Von Baeyer medal awarded in 1953 to Prof. Wittig.  It is gold-plated, weighs 83.3 grams and is two inches in diameter.
Prof. Georg Wittig's 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Prof. Georg Wittig’s 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Full descriptions of all the medals are available online at: https://historical.ha.com/itm/miscellaneous/georg-wittig-nobel-prize-medal-in-chemistry-received-in-1979-together-with-four-additional-medals/p/6165-67001.s?ic5=CatalogHome-FeaturedItems-071515.

“Most of Dr. Wittig’s scientific work, including that which won him the Nobel Prize, was conducted during his years at the University of Tübingen. He was known as a meticulous teacher who set very high standards for his students, and he established a productive research group of young, promising scientists,” said Bierrenbach.

Prof. Wittig died on August 26, 1987, just a few weeks after his 90th birthday.

For additional information about the medal or other items offered in this auction, contact Heritage Auctions at (877) 437-4824 or visit online at www.HA.com.

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Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction Brings in $6.3 Million at Chicago International Coin Fair

April 28, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Heritage Auctions has shared the following press release regarding its recent World and Ancient Coins sale at the Chicago International Coin Fair in Rosemont, Illinois.

DALLAS — Famous rarities from Australia and Canada led the results in Heritage’s April 14-19, 2016 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction in Chicago, hammering prices totaling more than $6.3 million in all.

“Demand continues to be solid for the best examples across the market,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “We’re continuing to see great examples of a wide variety of international coins coming out of top shelf collections. Our… Full article at the source>

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Heritage Auctions Appraisals, PCGS’ 30th Anniversary Exhibit And Crossover Special

January 11, 2016 in Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Stamps, USA Coins

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January 11, 2016

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February 2016 Long Beach Expo Offers Free Heritage Auctions Appraisals, PCGS’ 30th Anniversary Exhibit And Crossover Special

 

Collectibles and antiques experts from Heritage Auctions will provide complimentary appraisals for the public at the February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Expo.  (Photo credit: Heritage Auctions.)

Collectibles and antiques experts from Heritage Auctions will provide complimentary appraisals for the public at the February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Expo. (Photo credit: Heritage Auctions.)

(Long Beach, California) – The February 4 – 6, 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Professional Coin Grading Service with special exhibits, contests and discounts on PCGS crossover certification services.

“Another exciting show is in the works,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East.  “We’re encouraging the public to bring their collectibles to the show for free appraisals from Heritage Auctions.  Plus, representatives of the United States Mint will be at the show all three days displaying and selling examples of their latest gold and silver coins and commemorative medals.”  

In addition to conducting a sale of United States rare coins, Heritage Auctions, the official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, will have more than a dozen experts on hand to examine and appraise the public’s collectibles in these categories:

Americana and Political; Space Exploration; Arms & Armor, Civil War and Militaria; Coins and Currency; Comics and Comic Animation Art; Decorative Art, Silver, Vertu, Asian Art; Entertainment and Music Memorabilia; Vintage Guitars; Fine Art; Fine Jewelry, Watches and Timepieces; Luxury Accessories; Rare Wine; Rare Books and Historical Manuscripts; Texana; and Sports.

PCGS will display more than 120 different, promotional sample “slabs” issued by the company since its founding three decades ago in February 1986. The historic slabs are from the collections of Dr. Timothy Larson of Mercer Island, Washington, Robert Klein of Monroe, New York, and Robert Paul of Southern California.

While supplies last, PCGS will also be giving away mint condition Lincoln cents encapsulated in samples of the company’s latest enhanced security holders.  Each one will be presented in a specially-created commemorative Sample Slabs brochure that explains the history and features of PCGS holders.

PCGS will conduct another grading competition for adults and young numismatists with the opportunity for the winner of each category to win a valuable cash prize for the adult winner and a Mint State Morgan dollar for the YN winner.  To sign up for the grading contest, call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

PCGS also will offer a special deal for crossover submissions at the show.  You can submit your coins that have been previously certified by other third-party grading companies, and if the coins do not meet PCGS standards and are not crossed over, you only pay $10.

Representatives of Professional Sports Authenticator (www.PSAcard.com) and PSA/DNA Authentication Services will be accepting submissions at the show.  PSA/DNA also will offer on-site authentication on Friday, February 5.

“There will be about a dozen club meetings and other educational seminars during the upcoming show.  More than 500 collectibles dealers from around the country will be buying and selling rare coins, gold, silver, paper money, stamps, sports memorabilia, estate jewelry and other collectibles,” said East.

On Saturday, February 6, youngsters can get free prizes during a treasure hunt, and the Long Beach Stamp Club will give away vintage, collectible postage stamps to children to help them start a collection.

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

“Simply go to our website, www.LongBeachExpo.com, click ‘Get Passes,’ and enter the special Promo Code, EXPOPR.  Then print out the free admission coupon and present it 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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Auction Preview: Heritage Auctions’ FUN Platinum Night

January 1, 2016 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The first major U.S. coin sale of 2016 will be Heritage’s annual FUN (Florida United Numismatists) auction. Split over various sessions, a wide variety of American coinage will be on offer, stretching from colonial times to the present day. Many of the most noteworthy items will be sold during the traditional Platinum Night, held on the evening of January 7.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the most interesting items that Platinum Night will offer. The entire catalog, as well as information on the other coin and currency auctions held in conjunction with the Tampa FUN… Full article at the source>

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Preview: Heritage Auctions US Coins at the Houston Money Show

November 20, 2015 in Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Events, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The final major coin show of this year will be held in Houston, TX from December 3 to December 5. In conjunction with the Houston Money Show, Heritage Auctions organizes a signature auction, offering a wide variety of United States coinage; we’ll take a look at a few of the available coins in this preview. The entire auction can be previewed on the Heritage Auctions Web site, and a full online version of the auction catalog can be accessed here. 1652 Oak Tree shilling.  Lot 3002 is the second lot in the auction and the first that we’ll… Full article at the source>

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Preview of Heritage Summer FUN U.S. Coins Signature Auction

July 6, 2015 in Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, Fun, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins, World Coins

By:  News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The July FUN show, organized by Florida United Numismatists in Orlando FL, is held from July 9 to 11 this year. As part of the show, Heritage Auctions will be holding a signature auction. A total of 3,268 lots will be offered, ranging from colonials to high-grade Federal coinage and everything in between. In this preview, we will take a look at some of the most exciting and rarely seen coins offered in the auction. The lots discussed in this article and all others in the auction (both floor and online-only sessions) can be found on the Heritage’s… Full article at the source>

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Heritage June 2015 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction Recap

June 8, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Long Beach Expo held this past week included a Heritage Auction with a wide variety of numismatic lots. In our preview article we discussed a number of these lots, and in this recap we will look at those lots that resulted in the highest results. Overall the sale realized prices that were in line with other recent results, which is a good sign for the overall health of the coin market. Please note that all prices mentioned include a buyers premium of 17.5%.

The first lot we will discuss was offered as lot 4230. It was… Full article at the source>

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Heritage April 2015 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction Recap

April 28, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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As part of the Central States Numismatic Society convention held in Schaumburg, IL this past week, Heritage Auctions organized a signature auction with rare and high-end US coins. In this recap we will take a look at some of the highest and most surprising results from the auction. Please note that all prices realized include 17.5% buyers premium.

Four Dollar Gold pieces, a denomination now forgotten by most of the general public and never really struck for circulation, are none-the-less very popular with advanced numismatists. Collectors could choose from several choice examples of the denomination in the Central States… Full article at the source>

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PNG Announces Dates of 2015 Dallas Show

October 22, 2014 in Bank Notes, Clubs and Associations, Coins, Collecting, Events, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Paper Money, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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October 22, 2014

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

PNG Announces Dates of 2015 Dallas Show

The Professional Numismatists Guild (http://www.PNGdealers.org) has scheduled a show in Dallas, Texas, Thursday to Saturday, February 26 – 28, 2015.

“The Dallas Coin & Paper Money Show sponsored by the PNG will be held at the Gaylord Texas Resort & Convention Center, and it will be open to the public,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“This will be an opportunity for collectors in the Southwest to meet and do business with many PNG member-dealers from around the country who usually do not attend the local Dallas area shows in Fort Worth, Grapevine and Richardson, Texas.  We also are accepting applications for bourse tables from non-PNG members,” added PNG President Terry Hanlon.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is the official auctioneer for the show.

Special discount room rates of $190 a night are available at the Gaylord Texas Resort, conveniently located about seven miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

Additional information about the show will be announced in the coming months.

For bourse applications, visit http://www.pngdealers.org/events or contact the PNG by phone at 951-587-8300 or by email at info@pngdealers.org.

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Another PNG Intern Hired, and Streamlined Program Announced For Future PNG Interns

September 24, 2014 in Education, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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September 24, 2014

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

Another PNG Intern Hired And Streamlined
Program Announced For Future PNG Interns

Monica Bacon

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(Temecula, California) — The Professional Numismatists Guild’s (http://www.PNGdealers.org) “Promoting Numismatic Growth” program has placed another intern into a full-time job as a professional numismatist.  PNG also has streamlined the program for prospective future interns.

Monica Bacon, age 29, of Indianapolis, Indiana, now has been hired as a Consignment Coordinator at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas after a brief internship there.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity,” said Bacon.  “I have a nice support system here and everyone has something to teach me.  I’m looking forward to seeing where this door leads.”

Prior to starting her internship at Heritage, Bacon was an intern for three months at Dillon Gage Metals in Addison, Texas as part of PNG’s Promoting Numismatic Growth program.

“I learned heaps and made some lasting friendships. Dillon Gage is a family that I’m grateful to have been a part of,” she said.

Bacon is the third intern hired full-time since the PNG internship rotations began earlier this year, and the second one hired by Heritage.

“We are big supporters of the PNG internship program, and are very pleased with the quality of candidates we are getting,” stated Heritage Co-Chairman Steve Ivy, a PNG Past President.

“The PNG internship project is designed to provide education, training and mentoring for the next generation of coin and banknote dealers.  Applications are encouraged and being accepted from prospective professional numismatists, ages 21 and up, who want to participate in the program,” said PNG President Terry Hanlon, President of Dillon Gage.

In addition to Heritage and Dillon Gage, two other PNG member-dealer companies currently are offering internship positions through the PNG program: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in Sarasota, Florida which hired a PNG intern in May, and Stack’s Bowers Galleries in Irvine, California.

Carol Raia, Administrator of the PNG Promoting Numismatic Growth program, said based on the success of the unprecedented project’s first year of  operation, changes are being made to streamline the process for future interns.

“Internship candidates who successfully complete the background security check and education components of the program will get a certificate of completion.  Then, instead of a year-long rotation of three-month internship positions at four different firms, they will have the opportunity for a three-month internship at a participating PNG member’s dealership.  PNG headquarters will inform all PNG member-dealers about the availability of the internship candidates,” Raia explained.

Former PNG intern and now full-time professional numismatist Monica Bacon encourages prospective future dealers to enroll in the PNG program.

“This is a once in a lifetime experience so don’t waste it.  You need to go in with a positive attitude and a good work ethic. Ask questions, pick everyone’s brains, and touch as much material as you can.  Strive to learn everything you possibly can,” she advised.

Specific information about the internship program, including costs and required online educational courses through the University of Rare Coins, is available at www.PNGdealers.org under the “Promoting Numismatic Growth” navigation links near the top of the PNG’s home page.  For additional information, contact the PNG by phone at (951) 587-8300 or by email at internship@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 Association), Antique Coins, Auctions, Bronze Coins, Charity, Coin Grading, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Events, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), 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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Finest Certified 1787 Brasher Doubloon Realizes $4,582,500

January 10, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

January 9, 2014 By Dennis Hengeveld (http://news.coinupdate.com)

The 2014 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention was highlighted by the sale of various prime numismatic rarities, first and foremost the finest certified example of the 1787 Brasher Doubloon, sold by Heritage Auctions.

One of the most enigmatic and historical of all United States Coinage, the coin offered was one of only seven Brasher Doubloons known to have survived to the present day and a representative of the only colonial United States gold coin struck for circulation, with regular gold coinage by the United States Mint not produced until 1795, almost a decade later. The coin has been certified by NGC as MS-63, and is the only uncirculated piece certified by either PCGS or NGC. Another uncirculated example was in the Garrett collection but has not been submitted to a grading service for authentication. The other five known examples are circulated. With such specifications, the auction price of $4,582,500.00 (including buyer’s premium) was certainly warranted.

1787 New York Brasher Doubloon, MS63 Only Pre-Federal American Gold Coin, W-5840 Finest-Certified Example of This Classic Rarity The Discovery Coin, Ex: Gilmor, Newlin, Davis, Brand

1787 New York Brasher Doubloon, MS63
Only Pre-Federal American Gold Coin, W-5840
Finest-Certified Example of This Classic Rarity
The Discovery Coin, Ex: Gilmor, Newlin, Davis, Brand

1787 New York Brasher Doubloon, MS63 Only Pre-Federal American Gold Coin, W-5840 Finest-Certified Example of This Classic Rarity The Discovery Coin, Ex: Gilmor, Newlin, Davis, Brand

1787 New York Brasher Doubloon, MS63
Only Pre-Federal American Gold Coin, W-5840
Finest-Certified Example of This Classic Rarity
The Discovery Coin, Ex: Gilmor, Newlin, Davis, Brand

A full and excellent history of the coin and it’s maker, Ephraim Brasher, can be found in the auction catalog and on the website of Heritage Auctions. Brasher was a New York native and silversmith who worked in Manhattan and lived close by on Cherry Street in New York City, with George Washington and as his neighbor in the 1780’s. Brasher and Washington were well acquainted, and to this day silverware hallmarked “EB” can be found in the collection of the White House, including the original receipts. This hallmark, the capital letters “EB” in an oval can also be found on various world gold coins of this period. It appears that Brasher was a proficient assayer as well and that counterstamped coins that he had tested circulated at full value.

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Hawaii Five-O 1913 Liberty Nickel Realizes $3,290,000

January 10, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Nickel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

January 9, 2014 By Dennis Hengeveld (http://news.coinupdate.com)

The 2014 Florida United Numismatists Convention held in Orlando, Florida included an auction conducted by Heritage Auctions. While almost every type of United States coinage was offered at the auction there were a number of single coins that led the sale. One of these, no doubt, was the Olsen specimen of the 1913 Liberty Nickel. Graded PF-64 by NGC and considered to be second finest of just five specimens known to have been struck and known to exist, the coin realized a final price of $3,290,000 including buyer’s premium. The coin, which is famous for appearing in a 1973 episode of the series “Hawaii-Five-O” had last sold at public auction in January of 2010, when it realized $3,737,500.

1913 Liberty Head Nickel, PR64 King of 20th Century Coins

1913 Liberty Head Nickel, PR64
King of 20th Century Coins

1913 Liberty Head Nickel, PR64 King of 20th Century Coins

1913 Liberty Head Nickel, PR64
King of 20th Century Coins

The attentive reader will realize that we have featured a number of articles on the 1913 Liberty Nickel over the years. One of these articles was on the occasion of the sale of the Walton Specimen, sold in April of last year. And even though the sale of the Olsen specimen is the second example available to collectors at public auction within a year, this does not mean that such offerings have traditionally been common. In fact, prior to these two auction sales there had just been a dozen auctions in which a 1913 Liberty Nickel had appeared for sale, the first in 1944 when the coin sold by Heritage this year realized $3,750 when B Max Mehl sold it as part of the Olsen Collection.

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Trio Of Famous U.S. Numismatic Rarities Anchor Heritage Auctions’ FUN Offerings, January 8-12

December 21, 2013 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Nickel Coins, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

Press Release – December 18, 2013 (Heritage Auctios http://www.HA.com)

1787 Brasher doubloon, 1913 Liberty Nickel (Olsen specimen) and a 1927-D Double Eagle top the list of important offerings in Orlando, FL, Jan. 8-12, in the Official Auction of the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Annual Convention

1787 DBLN Brasher Doubloon, EB on Wing, W-5840, MS63 NGC. CAC....

1787 DBLN Brasher Doubloon, EB on Wing, W-5840, MS63 NGC. CAC….

DALLAS — An astounding trinity of legendary American numismatic rarities — a 1787 Brasher doubloon with hallmark EB on the eagle’s wing, MS63 NGC, CAC, a 1913 Liberty nickel, PR64 NGC, CAC, the Olsen Specimen and a 1927-D double eagle, MS66 NGC — expected to bring millions of dollars when they cross the auction block as part of Heritage’s January 8-12 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) U.S. Coin Signature Auction Platinum Night offerings, have the world of high-end coin collecting abuzz.

“The sheer variety in this Platinum Night is amazing,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage. “The Brasher, the 1913 Liberty nickel and the 1927-D double eagle are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg here.”

The first to sell will be a 1787 Brasher doubloon with hallmark EB on the eagle’s wing, MS63 NGC, CAC. This Brasher doubloon was the first one known to numismatists and has been off the market since Walter Perschke purchased it in 1979.

“The Brasher doubloons, created by New York silversmith Ephraim Brasher, were the first truly American gold coins, struck by a resident of a former British colony for use within the United States,” said Rohan. “The most famous are those with Brasher’s original design, which adapts New York’s state coat of arms on one side and the Great Seal of the United States on the other.”

Soon after, a 1913 Liberty nickel, PR64 NGC, CAC, the Olsen Specimen, will cross the auction block. One of only five 1913 Liberty nickels known, two of which are held by museums, it also is called “The Hawaii Five-O Specimen” after an appearance on a 1973 episode of the television show. It is offered as part of The Greensboro Collection, Part V.

“Between the fame the 1913 Liberty nickel has among coin collectors and the Olsen Specimen’s TV appearance, it is one of the most famous single coins on Earth,” said Rohan. “It’s a numismatic star that will lend instant prestige to its new owner.”

1927-D double eagle, MS66 NGC, is the crown jewel of The Douglas Martin Collection, a virtually complete set of $20 gold pieces. After Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued an executive order that prohibited almost all ownership of gold coins, the Treasury Department stopped paying out gold and eventually destroyed the coins it had on hand, including almost all the 1927-D double eagles ever struck. Out of 13 examples traced, four are held by museums and unavailable to collectors. The Saint-Gaudens double eagles are among the most beautiful and popular U.S. coins, and owning a 1927-D is a mark of distinction.

Two important silver coins that would headline almost any other auction certainly deserve special mention: an 1870-S Seated dollar, XF40 PCGS, is one of only nine confirmed examples and is a centerpiece of The Usibelli Collection, themed around the year 1870, one of the most challenging in U.S. numismatics, while an 1884 Trade dollar, PR65 PCGS, CAC, is one of only 10 struck under mysterious circumstances. It comes from The Smoke Rise Collection.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

1861 Confederate States of America cent, PR63 PCGS Secure: Made by a Philadelphia engraver, Robert Lovett, Jr., who soon had second thoughts about making coins for the Confederacy. From The Noble Family Collection.

1792 half disme, Judd-7 variety, MS65 PCGS: One of the best-preserved examples of the first federally issued silver coins, mentioned in a speech by President George Washington to Congress. From The Klamath Mountain Collection, Part II.

1879 Coiled Hair Stella in gold, Judd-1638 variety, PR66 Cameo PCGS Secure: With the unusual face value of four dollars and one of only 12 specimens definitively traced.

1826 half eagle, BD-2 variety, MS66 PCGS: One of only three examples known for the variety and easily the finest, a landmark offering for early gold coinage specialists. From The David & Sharron Akers Collection.

1827 half eagle, BD-1 variety, MS64 PCGS: A noted rarity struck from a single pair of dies, one of the better-preserved coins out of 17 confirmed examples. From the collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.

1838-O 50C PR64 NGC: The 1838-O Reeded Edge half dollar is one of the most mysterious and valuable coins in American numismatics. The 1838-O is believed to be the earliest branch mint proof coin of any denomination and no official record of its mintage exists. Researchers have traced only nine surviving examples in all grades, with one coin impounded in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, and two others in slightly impaired condition.

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Heritage Auctions National Advertising Campaign Puts Domains Alongside Art, Jewelry, Coins & Other Valuable Assets

November 4, 2013 in Auctions, Domain Names, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

The Lowdown is compiled by DN Journal Editor & Publisher Ron Jackson. (http://www.dnjournal.com)

Heritage Auctions ad in the New York Times Sunday, Oct. 24, 2013 Photo courtesy of Marc Ostrofsky

Heritage Auctions ad in the New York Times
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2013
Photo courtesy of Marc Ostrofsky

 

Three months ago I told you about one of the world’s three biggest auction houses –Heritage Auctions (HA) – opening a new domain division headed by veteran domain investor Aron Meystedt and how important this development was for the domain industry. For the first time an auction house in the same league as Sotheby’s and Christie’s is treating high end domain names as valuable assets displayed alongside traditional investment collectibles like art, jewelry and coins.

With HA’s first domain and intellectual property auction coming up November 21, readers of the New York Times got a first hand look at what I meant this past Sunday. HA took out a large ad to promote their fall auctions featuring various categories of art, timepieces and jewelry, Tiffany & Lalique art glass, fine wine and more, including, yes, domain names (listed right below the fold in the copy of the ad at right sent to us by Marc Ostrofsky (bidding the domain name auction is now open).

As you can see, domains are keeping some extremely good company these days, thanks to Heritage Auctions. Seeing domains listed alongside these other asset classes can only elevate them dramatically in the public’s eyes.

Ostrofsky (probably the most excited I’ve seen him since he sold Business.com in a $7.5 million deal) said, “If this auction works well, Christy’s and Southeby’s will jump in too and that one change in our world gets 10,000% more players looking at our assets and that drives prices UP.”

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There are several Numismatic related domains at this auction;  numismatics.com, coincompany.com, coins.ca, sellgoldcoins.com, numismaticsblog.com, thecoinblog.com, mycoincollection.com along with some other very interesting ones. The full list is here>

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