The Collector’s Auction 2011, conducted by Scotsman Auction Co. Oct. 21 in St. Louis, Mo., realized a total of $2,007,507, including a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
A highlight of the sale was an 1854-D $3 gold coin that displays a considerable amount of original luster in the fields, according to the catalog description. Graded AU-55 by Professional Coin Grading Service, it hammered at $39,000.
Another stand-out lot was a 1856-D quarter eagle also graded AU-55 by PCGS. With a mintage of just 874, Scotsman says it “is probably the rarest of all the quarter-eagles struck at the Dahlonega Mint.” With a hammer price of $36,500, it far exceeded the pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$24,000.
Commanding $9,750 was a 1939-P, -D and -S Oregon Trail commemorative set, all graded MS-67. Tripling the pre-sale estimate, the three-coin lot hammered at $9,750.
Another commemorative lot that smashed its estimate was an MS-67 1938 New Rochelle, N.Y., half dollar. It brought $5,500 on an estimate of $600-$700.
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