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A two-day Stack’s sale held in New York City Jan. 26-27 realized $5 million. Gold coins and historical medals were among the sale’s highlights.
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A two-day Stack’s sale held in New York City Jan. 26-27 realized $5 million.


Gold coins and historical medals were among the sale’s highlights.

Stack’s said the gold was punctuated by a fabulous quartet of MCMVII (1907) high relief $10 issues. The first was a wire rim, Roman finish $10 that Numismatic Guaranty Corp. graded Proof-68*. After active bidding it closed for $230,000.

Next up were two wire rim examples, both graded MS-65 by the Professional Coin Grading Service, which brought $46,000 and $46,575, respectively.

The last high relief $10 offered a flat rim variety in PCGS MS-63 that sold for $21,850.

An NGC MS-62 example of the Libertas Americana medal raked in $100,625.

A newly rediscovered Libertas Americana reverse cliché or épreuve, produced around March 1783, was showcased. This trial piece was housed in a contemporary silvered lead frame, and there is a piece of white paper adhered to the center with a contemporary French inscription describing the reverse design. It sold for $25,300.

There were nearly 30 lots of Indian Peace Medals including, according to the firm, the famously rare 1801 Thomas Jefferson silver shells. This particular example was clearly worn for years and years, as the technical grade of the medal was very good. The final price was $74,750.

An 1829 Andrew Jackson, a large-size silver medal graded about uncirculated that was once part of the Virgil Brand collection, sold for $24,150.

An 1849 Zachary Taylor medal, another large-size silver medal, in extremely fine condition realized $27,600. It was once part of the Ford collection.

Back to gold for one of the finest known 1825 $2.50 gold pieces. Graded MS-66 by NGC, this BD-2 example sold for $115,000.

A prooflike gem 1834 Classic Head $2.50 graded MS-66 PL by NGC that is one of the finest known of the date and type reached $51,750.

Among gold $5 coins was a prooflike 1834 Plain 4 graded MS-66 PL by NGC. This coin, the firm said, like its quarter eagle counterpart, is one of the highest quality survivors of both the date and type and reached a price of $92,000.

An 1860-D in PCGS MS-63 that was handed down through the same family for generations since the day of issue and was one of 10 original pieces acquired by that family at the Dahlonega Mint in 1860 in exchange for gold bullion and scrap, brought $43,125.

Stack’s presented a large selection of Confederate coinage, featuring the Robert LeNeve C.S.A. Collection. This collection included the Haseltine restrike copper 1861 Confederate cent in PCGS Proof-65 RB. It sold for $43,700.

Also from this collection was the 1861-D gold dollar, the final Dahlonega issue that was struck by the Confederacy. In a PCGS AU-53 holder, this coin sold for $57,500.

Another sale highlight occurred in the half dime section, the Eliasberg 16 Stars 1797 example in NGC MS-66, the finest certified by NGC, reached a final bid of $97,750.

For more information, contact Stack’s at 123 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019, or at Box 1804, Wolfeboro, NH, 03894, or by phone at 800-566-1580.

Full sales results from the Americana Sale are available online at

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