Condition rarities helped highlight a $2.1 million Bowers and Merena auction. Called the Beverly Hills Rarities Sale, it was held Feb. 4.
A 1917-S Walking Liberty half with the mintmark on the reverse graded MS-67 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. brought a stunning $71,300, including a 15-percent buyer?s fee. The firm said the Feb. 3 Certified Coin Dealer Newsletter had it at $32,000.
Another strong Walking Liberty half dollar was an MS-66 1927-S graded by Professional Coin Grading Service. It sold for $35,650.
A 1799 Draped Bust dollar graded PCGS-64 realized $77,050. See www.bowersandmerena.com for more.