Matte proof High Relief 1922 Peace dollars whose pedigree traces back directly to Mint Director Raymond T. Baker were the stars of Ira and Larry Goldberg’s pre-Long Beach sale held June 1-4.
Bringing $458,250 was a Professional Coin Grading Service Proof-67 with a Certified Acceptance Corporation sticker.
The other matte proof High Relief 1922 dollar, which graded PCGS Proof-64, sold for $102,813.
All prices realized include a 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.
The two silver dollars were passed down by descendants of Baker’s second wife, Delphine (Dodge) Cromwell, daughter of Horace Elgin Dodge, founder of the Dodge Motor Company, according to the Goldbergs.
Overall, the auction brought $14,587,264.
A 1776 Continental dollar, PCGS MS-64, brought $135,125.
One of the finest known gold bars from the S.S. Central America ship of gold realized $129,250. The 28-ounce bar has a face value of $514.35.
A gold 1893 $5 called by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Proof-68 Ultra Cameo sold for $111,625.
World and ancient coins were also sold at the sale. A collection of silver Roman denarii broken in to 232 lots realized $3,335,273.
Highlighting this collection was a Brutus denarius from 42 B.C. It sold for $517,000.
A Q. Labienus denarius went for $235,000 and an Anna Faustina denarius as Augusta (empress), attained a record $223,250. The firm said this is the highest auction price ever for a Roman empress.
A denarius struck by Clodius Macer during the Roman Civil War of 68 A.D. realized $205,625.
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