A couple of doubled die errors helped Bowers and Merena realize $1.9 million at its two-session Dec. 9 Baltimore sale. That total includes the 15 percent buyer?s premium.
Topping all lots was a 1955 Lincoln cent with a doubled-die obverse that fetched $46,000. Graded MS-65 Red by Professional Coin Grading Service, this Mint error is described by the cataloger as ?Easily among the most desirable 1955 doubled-die cents available in today?s market ...?
Next highest was a 1916 doubled-die obverse Buffalo nickel that brought in $41,400.
?This error is not as widely publicized as the 1937-D three-legged, but it is far rarer in all grades and always at the top of specialists? wants lists,? wrote the cataloger. ?This is a gorgeous near-Mint Buffalo nickel that would make an impressive addition to a collection even were it not an example of the doubled-die obverse error.?
Two 1907 Saint-Gaudens High Relief double eagles bumped up the total. One with a wire edge, graded MS-64 by PCGS, realized $29,325, while a wire rim example, graded MS-64 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., fetched $28,750.
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