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Heritage gold coins attract top bids

A Carson City gold $20 led the pack at the Professional Numismatists Guild New York Invitational Signature Auction conducted Oct. 8-13 by Heritage.

Graded VF-30 by the Professional Coin Grading Service, the 1870-CC double eagle fetched $188,000, including a 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.

1870-CC gold $20

1870-CC gold $20

The cataloger said only 35-45 pieces exist and none is in Mint State.

There were five other coins that exceeded $100,000 in the $11.1 million sale.

A PCGS Proof-64 1879 Flowing Hair Stella brought $165,675. The $4 gold piece was struck in an early U.S. attempt to participate in an international currency, the catalog said.

Stellas have long been listed in the Red Book, though they are technically patterns, Heritage said. They were struck in just two years, 1879 and 1880, and they come with Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair designs.

The rarity in this sale is the most common of the four.

1879 Flowing Hair gold $4

1879 Flowing Hair gold $4

Three 1796 quarters were featured in the auction. A PCGS MS-64 sold for $164,500 and a PCGS MS-63 example went for $152,750.

Mintage was just over 6,000 coins. The third example was a Fine-12. It went for $21,737.

A PCGS Proof-64 1872 $20 with Certified Acceptance Corporation sticker went to a buyer for $135,125.

Bringing $129,250 was a Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Proof-67 High Relief 1907 Saint-Gaudens $20.

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This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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