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Gold tops B&M official ANA sale

Two gold rarities will top the highlight list for the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money auction to be conducted Aug. 5-8 by Bowers and Merena.

The first is a 1907 Rolled Edge Indian Head $10 gold piece graded MS-67 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.

“This is one of only 42 potential examples to have survived the melting of the issue at the Philadelphia Mint, and three of these survivors are known to be in the Smithsonian Institution,” said Steve Deeds, President of Bowers and Merena.

The catalog description further elaborates on the coin’s rarity status.

“The example boasts a Condition Census MS-67 Grade from NGC with a combined PCGS and NGC Population of just 6, 0 finer,” it says.

The Judd-1903 (Judd-1775), Pollock-1997, Rarity-5, gold coin is further described as “a bright, satiny piece” with a strike that is “characteristic of the issue, meaning that it is bold-to-sharp elsewhere yet noticeably soft in the center of the obverse.”

The second gold piece is a unique specimen striking of the 1854 Kellogg & Co. gold $20. It is graded by the Professional Coin Grading Service as a Specimen-69. The catalog says it is “possessed of awe-inspiring eye appeal” with a strike that “is 100 percent complete over all the elements of the design.”

“This is the single most important $20 gold piece issued by Kellogg & Co.,” said Deeds. “It was struck on Feb. 9, 1854, and given by John Glover Kellogg to Augustus Humbert, his friend and future business partner. It later was a highlight of the legendary Garrett Collection at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for decades.”

Other rare gold pieces in the auction include an 1804 Capped Bust, Right Eagle, crosslet 4, BD-1, HBCC-3201, Taraszka-31 gold $10 graded NGC MS-63 and a 1908 $10 with motto that grades NGC Proof-67.
There are a number of high grade Saint-Gaudens double eagles, including an NGC Proof-67 1912, a 1925-S in NGC MS-66 and a 1931 in PCGS MS-65.

Round and octagonal 1915-S Panama-Pacific gold commemoratives featured in the sale are both graded PCGS MS-64.

The only confirmed proof 1876-CC Seated Liberty dime, Type I reverse, certified PCGS branch mint Proof-66 will be put on the block as will a 1796 quarter graded PCGS MS-64.

Among the silver dollars to be up for bids is an NGC Proof-68 Cameo 1863 Seated Liberty dollar, an 1889-CC Morgan in PCGS MS-64 CAC, an 1895-S Morgan in PCGS MS-66 DMPL and an 1896 Morgan in NGC Proof-69 Ultra Cameo.

The auction will also include  number of paper money lots.

The sale will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more information visit www.BowersandMerena.com, or telephone toll-free (800) 458-4646.

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