A 1796 quarter was bid to $161,000 at the very first Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills, Calif., Signature coin sale. It was held Nov. 8-10.
Overall, the auction realized almost $7 million, according to the firm. Prices realized cited here include a 15 percent buyer’s fee.
Graded MS-63 by the Professional Coin Grading Service, the 1796 quarter is a survivor of a mintage of 6,146.
The firm noted that the coin is a one-year type, meaning that type collectors have no alternative but to buy the 1796 if they want their type set to be complete.
Gold attracted strong bidding. Hammering for $80,500 was an 1851 Humbert octagonal $50 slug. It has a lettered edge, “887 Thous” on its obverse and “50” punched into the reverse. It was graded Almost Uncirculated and was described as having an impressive strike and a good deal of luster.
Bringing $51,750 was a choice Almost Uncirculated 1852 Assay Office $50 with “887 Thous” on the obverse.
A Proof-68 1911 $2.50 coin graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation fetched $51,750.
Next up on the top prices realized list was $48,875 paid for a NGC Proof-64 Cameo 1895 silver dollar.
The same price was achieved by an 1856 gold $1 coin with a Slanted “5” in the date. It was graded Proof-65 Ultra Cameo.
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A 1930-S gold $10 graded PCGS MS-64 brought $46,012.
Another $10 gold, a NGC Prf-65 1913, realized $44,562.
Attracting a bid of $41,400 was a PCGS Secure MS-67 1876 20-cent piece.
Tenth on the list was an 1892-S silver dollar graded PCGS MS-61. It brought $40,250.
More information about the sale can be found on www.HA.com.