Heritage Auction Galleries will hold four separate auctions in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo Sept. 17-21. Gold coins will highlight the U.S. coin offerings. The other sales will feature world coins, medals, tokens and paper money.
A pair of 1879 Flowing Hair $4 gold pieces certified PR-64 Star Cameo and PR-65 Cameo by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, and a pair of early $5s from the Laredo collection are also significant offerings. Lot 3575 is a 1795 $5 Small Eagle certified NGC MS-62 and
Lot 3587 is an NGC MS-65 1805 $5, Close Date, Breen-6445, BD-2.
Lot 3608 is an 1833 $5 gold piece with large date grading PCGS MS-61, Breen-6498, BD-1. The cataloger says the actual size difference of the digits is just barely noticeable, but the style of the number punches is distinctively different.
Various Saint-Gaudens $20 gold pieces graded by PCGS are also offered including a 1929 certified MS-66, a 1925-S graded AU-58, and a 1924-S graded MS-64.
A pair of 1839-O Capped Bust, reeded edge, proof half dollars will keep seasoned numismatists talking for decades, Greg Rohan, Heritage president, speculated. Typically years pass between auction appearances of this ultra-rarity, he said, pointing out there are just four confirmed examples extant.
“It is just short of miraculous to have two of the four in one auction,” Rohan added. Lot 2163: is an NGC Proof-62 NGC, and Lot 2164 is an NGC Proof-63 example.
Perhaps one of the most interesting lots will be an 1831 quarter eagle gold piece struck on a dime planchet.
“The error ... obviously circulated for decades as a dime with no one noticing the curious reverse,” Rohan said.
The Heritage coin auction features a large number of Registry set collections including the Nora Bailey collection of half cents, the Davis Conway collection of PCGS-certified Lincoln cents and the Nevada collection of Seated quarters, which the firm says is a unique accumulation of two collectors living in two different states who worked together to form a single collection.
For more information on the sale, contact Heritage Auction Galleries, 3500 Maple Ave., 17th Floor, Dallas, Texas 75219-3941. Heritage can also be contacted by phone at 1-800-US-COINS, or through the firm’s Web site at www.ha.com.