Coins and paper money results recorded by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at its Whitman Coins and Collectibles Winter Expo auction Nov. 8-14 in Baltimore totaled $15.4 million.
At Rarities Night, a Mint State 1792 silver center cent brought $900,000.
The piece comes from the Cardinal Collection and has an earlier provenance to the 1905 Chapman Brothers’ sale of the Charles Morris Collection.
This price and all others include a 10 percent buyer’s fee.
Also from the Cardinal collection, an AU-58+ (Professional Coin Grading Service) 1794 Flowing Hair half dollar sold for $252,000. The only Mint State 1797 BB-72 Draped Bust silver dollar fetched $264,000.
Stack’s Bowers said the gold coins offered in the Rarities Night session included a parade of jewels from the Murray Hill Collection.
First of these was a PCGS AU-53 1796 No Stars quarter eagle that earned $150,000.
Next was an incredible Numismatic Guaranty Corporation MS-63* (star) 1796 Stars on Obverse gold quarter eagle. Before it became part of the Murray Hill Collection, it had been owned by John Whitney Walter. This rare gold sold for $324,000.
A Mint State 1808 Capped Bust Left quarter eagle sold for $144,000. A PCGS Proof-66 Cameo 1879 Flowing Hair Stella recorded a price of $240,000.
Larger denominations in the Murray Hill Collection also saw aggressive bidding, with a PCGS Proof-63 Deep Cameo 1873 Liberty Head double eagle selling for $105,000 and an NGC Proof-65 Ultra Cameo 1889 Liberty Head double eagle reaching $90,000.
Sunken treasure continues to appeal. Among other double eagles in the sale, the finest certified 1858-O double eagle that was recovered from the S.S. Republic shipwreck and graded NGC MS-63 sold for $156,000.
An NGC Proof-66+* (star) Ultra Cameo 1886 double eagle that is one of just 20 to 25 remaining brought $228,000.
An NGC Proof-65* Ultra Cameo 1889 double eagle went for $156,000.
A Washington Born Virginia copper from the Cardinal Collection was certified PCGS MS-66+ BN CAC. The cataloger said it is likely the finest known. It realized $114,000.
The auction was among the most dynamic and successful Baltimore events in recent memory, the firm said.
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