A complete 111-piece set of Carson City coinage will be sold at auction in August 2012 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, official auctioneer of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia.
The owner wishes to remain anonymous, so the collection is called the Battle Born Collection.
The firm says it is only the second complete set ever assembled. The first was as a subset of the Louis E. Eliasberg Sr.
complete collection of U.S. coins, which was sold in multiple auctions held in 1982, 1996 and 1997.
The collection will star during the Rarities Night portion of the official ANA sale.
Public viewing of the lots was set to commence at the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 5-8, 2012, in Orlando.
A unique 1873-CC Seated Liberty No Arrows dime, graded MS-65 by the Professional Coin Grading Service from the Eliasberg collection will command the spotlight. It was purchased in 2004 for $891,250 from a Bowers and Merena auction by Nevada dealer Rusty Goe. Goe later sold it to the owner of the Battle Born Collection in order to complete the set.
The unnamed consignor started work on the set in the 1990s. For the past 11 years, Goe has helped the owner build the collection. Goe named the collection after the owner’s home state of Nevada, “the Battle Born State.”
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The collection includes 20 pieces that are the finest known, 30 tied for finest known, three stand-alone second-finest known, and 19 tied for second-finest known, adding up to 72 of the 111 coins.
Stack’s Bowers said each coin in the collection is certified by the Professional Coin Gracing Service or Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and many hold the CAC sticker designation.
“This is a truly historic event, not only for Carson City coin collectors, but for all of numismatics,” said Chris Napolitano, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
Goe is considered the foremost authority on Nevada’s Carson City Mint.
“This is the biggest event in the history of Carson City coin collecting,” Goe said. “It also thrills me that many of the rarities will be reunited with Q. David Bowers, who has had the privilege of selling them in many of his great auctions.”
Visit Stack’s Bowers Galleries online at www.stacksbowers.com.