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1796 quarter in B&M's official Baltimore auction

A 1796 Draped Bust quarter is among highlights of Bowers and Merena Auctions
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A 1796 Draped Bust quarter is among highlights of Bowers and Merena Auctions? Nov. 9-10 official auction of the Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention.

The three-session sale of about 2,900 lots of coins and paper money will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center.

This 1796 quarter, graded AU-58 by Professional Coin Grading Service, reference number Browning 2, has a pedigree that Bowers and Merena catalogers have traced back to Abe Kosoff.

An 1884-S Morgan dollar graded PCGS MS-64 highlights silver dollars. Catalogers stressed the rarity of 1884-S Morgans in Mint State condition.

Buffalo nickels offer a PCGS MS-65 1926-S example, catalogers again stressing the date?s general unavailability in Mint State condition. PCGS reports 10 in this grade with none finer. Another 1926-S graded PCGS MS-65 sold in Bowers and Merena?s January 2003 Rarities Sale, where it brought $103,500, catalogers noted.

Mercury dimes include a 1916-D, PCGS MS-66 Full Bands, and 1919-D, also PCGS MS-66 Full Bands.

Several PCGS Registry Sets will be auctioned, including the current fourth-ranked Indian Head cent basic circulation strike set, third-ranked Buffalo nickel circulation strike set, third-ranked Mercury dime full bands circulation strikes with varieties set, third-ranked Standing Liberty quarter full head circulation strike set and third-ranked Walking Liberty half dollar circulation strikes set.

Gold offerings in the B&M sale include several proofs, such as a 1906 $5, graded Proof-68 Cameo by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., as well as a 1901 Proof-66 Ultra Cameo $10 and a Proof-67 1908 $10, both encapsulated by NGC, as well as a 1913 Saint-Gaudens $20 in NGC Proof-65.

In the paper money section, which includes several National Bank Notes as well as large-size and small-size type notes, is a National Bank Note from Arizona Territory, a 1902 $10 Date Back issued by the First National Bank of Tombstone. It is graded Fine by catalogers.

Session one of Bowers and Merana?s auction begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9; session two at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10; and session three at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

For more information, contact Bowers and Merena Auctions, 18061 Fitch, Irvine CA 92614; phone (800) 458-4646; e-mail address

Internet bidding is available at the Auctions section of the firm?s Web site,