Heritage Auctions chalked up $34 million in results from its Long Beach, Calif., auctions of ancient and world coins, U.S. coins and paper money.
Leading the prices realized list for the $8.5 million U.S. coin auction is $253,000 for a 1793 Liberty Cap large cent graded AU-53 by the Professional Coin Grading Service. The Sheldon-13 piece is the eighth finest known, according to catalogers.
A gold bar recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Central America brought $166,750. It was a Justh & Hunter ingot that weighs 50.50 ounces. Bullion value alone is over $91,000.
Bringing $161,000 was a 1910 Saint-Gaudens $20 gold piece that was graded Proof-67 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
The highlight of the $5.2 million paper currency that was sold was a Series 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve Note. It was graded PCGS Very Choice New 64PPQ.
Issued by the New York Federal Reserve district, the $5,000 note cataloged as KL-3033, Fr. 2221B, sold for $132,250.
Leaders of the $20.5 million world and ancient coin auction were a Yung Hi gold 20 won Year 3 (1909), KM-1144, graded MS-64 by NGC, that brought $632,500 and an “Ides of March” silver denarius struck by Marcus Junius Brutus, who was proclaiming his participation in the stabbing of Julius Caesar on the floor of the Roman Senate in 44 B.C. The coin that depicts a dagger sold for $546,250.
Brutus issued the coin as Imperator 44-42 B.C.
“We’re blown away by these fantastic results across the board as collectors were out in force over the course of the week,” said Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions. “Rare gold in pristine condition was the main draw and the top collectors didn’t let anything stop them from obtaining their preferred treasures.”
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