Gold was the star of American Numismatic Rarities' auction, held in conjuction with the MidAmerica Coin Expo.
The three-session, nearly 3,000-lot sale, held June 21-23 in Rosemont, Ill., realized $8,208,326, including the 15-percent buyer's fees. The auction featured the Lake Michigan and Springdale collections.
Eagles delighted collectors as a 1798/7 9x4 Stars AU-53 (PCGS) brought $63,250, and an exceptional 1907 Indian, No Periods, MS-66 (PCGS) sold for $23,000.
An important 1914-S in MS-66 (PCGS) brought down the house at $253,000, with bidding starting at $50,000, according to Chris Karstedt. As the finest specimen certified by PCGS, all alone atop the Population Report at MS-66, competition was fierce both on the floor and several phone lines.
For double eagles, a classic 1921 in MS-62 (PCGS) sold for $126,500; a rare 1927-S in MS-64 (PCGS) brought $74,500; the landmark 1930-S in MS-65 (PCGS) soared to $184,000; a 1931-D in MS-65 (PCGS) amazed the audience at $169,625; and a gem MCMVII High Relief in MS-67 (PCGS), ex F.C.C. Boyd, garnered applause at $195,500, Karstedt reported.
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