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B&M sets May 8 St. Louis auction

A group of gold $20s, patterns and early U.S. coinage anchor Bowers and Merena Auctions? May 8 Rarities Sale.

437o.jpgHeading up the double eagles is a Roman numerals 1907 wire rim Saint-Gaudens piece, graded MS-65 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.

444o.jpgIt is joined in the sale by a 1913-S Saint in PCGS MS-65, a proof 1906 Liberty $20 in PCGS Proof-64 Cameo and a proof 1885 $20 in PCGS Proof-66 Deep Cameo, which had a proof mintage of just 77 pieces.

430o.jpgAmong other double eagles is a 1903 Liberty graded Proof-65 Cameo by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Catalogers said cameo surfaces are very unusual on coins of this time period.

A pair of small eagle 1795 gold $5s will also cross the block, one graded PCGS MS-62 and the other PCGS AU-50.

Gold $3s include a couple of proofs, an 1867 in NGC Proof-66 Cameo and an 18776 in PCGS Proof-65 Deep Cameo.

89o.jpgPatterns include a Gobrecht dollar in silver, Judd 60, Pollack 65, PCGS Proof-61, and an 1863 cent pattern in copper-nickel with plain edge, Judd 302, Pollack 365, PCGS Proof-68.

A proof 1836 half dollar with reeded edge, PCGS Proof-63, will be offered, as will a 1796 quarter in PCGS F-15.

41o.jpgEarly coinage enthusiasts will enjoy a chance at a high-grade 1796 dime in NGC MS-66.

Finally, a commemorative 1915-S Panama-Pacific Expo octagonal gold $50 graded PCGS MS-62 will cross the block.

The 451-lot sale will take place in St. Louis, Mo., at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. This hotel is located at One South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102.

For more information about the sale, contact Bowers and Merena Auctions, 18061 Fitch, Irvine, CA 92614; telephone (800) 458-4646. Web site is www.bowersandmerena.com.

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