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An 1884-S Morgan dollar sold for $130,525 in Bowers and Merena Auctions
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An 1884-S Morgan dollar sold for $130,525 in Bowers and Merena Auctions? Nov. 9-10 sale, contributing to the overall total of $6,890,662, including buyer?s fees.

Graded MS-64 by Professional Coin Grading Service, the 1884-S was among 68 coins that the firm said set individual price records in B&M?s official auction of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention.

Another record setter was a 1941-S Walking Liberty half dollar, PCGS MS-67, that brought $90,850.

?There were eight coins that brought two to three times their previous auction record prices, and a 1941-S Mercury dime, Full Bands PCGS MS-68, sold for an amazing 10 times its previous high,? said B&M president Steve Deeds. That coin sold for $28,175.

Another Mercury dime, a 1919-D in PCGS MS-66 FB, soared to $143,750.

?This auction offered bidders the unprecedented opportunity to own coins from five of the highest-rated sets listed in the PCGS Set Registry,? said Deeds.

Further highlights included $14,375 bid for a 1990 No-S proof Lincoln cent graded PCGS Proof-68 Red Deep Cameo, and $132,250 for a 1926-S Buffalo nickel, PCGS MS-65.

An 1856 Flying Eagle Cent, Snow-9, PCGS Proof-64, brought 22,425 while another example graded PCGS Proof-20 reached $10,063.

An 1821 Capped Bust dime, small date, graded MS-66 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., realized $20,125. A 1964 Roosevelt dime, PCGS MS-67, brought $4,140.

Quarters included a 1796 Draped Bust, B-2, graded PCGS AU-58, that sold for $69,000, and a 1919-S Standing Liberty quarter, PCGS MS-65 FH, that went for $41,400.

An 1821 Capped Bust half dollar, O-107, PCGS AU-58, stopped at $4,025. A 1919-D Walking Liberty half dollar, PCGS MS-65, went for $172,500, and a 1921-S Walker also in PCGS MS-65 hit $161,000.

An 1838-C gold $2.50 graded NGC MS-62 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. realized $33,350.
A pair of gold $3s, an 1860-S in PCGS AU-55 and an 1883 in PCGS MS-64, sold for $10,925 and $13,513, respectively.

Among gold $10s, an 1880 Liberty eagle, PCGS MS-64, went for $7,188 while a proof 1901 Liberty eagle, NGC Proof-66 Ultra Cameo, topped out at $63,250. A 1908 Indian eagle, with motto, NGC Proof-67, sold for $78,200.

Double eagles included an1873-CC Liberty $20, NGC AU-55, that went for $11,213, and an 1874-CC Liberty $20, NGC AU-58, that brought $5,405.

Highlights of the bank note section included a Territory of Arizona 1902 $10 Date Back from the First National Bank of Tombstone, charter number 6439. Graded fine, the note sold for $115,000.

An Ogden, Utah, $10 1902 Red Seal from the Utah National Bank, charter 2880, in fine, realized $66,700; and an 1882 $10 Brown Back from the First National Bank of Sheridan, Wyo., charter 4604, graded almost uncirculated, went for $37,950.

Record price determinations are based on auction information from Intelliquote as of Nov. 15.

The next B&M Rarities Sale auction will be in Beverly Hills, Calif., Feb. 8-10, 2007. Deadline for consignments is Dec. 27.

For additional information, contact Bowers and Merena Auctions, 18061 Fitch, Irvine, CA 92614; telephone (800) 458-4646; e-mail Web site is, where prices realized from the Baltimore sale can be seen.