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Stack’s Bowers strikes gold

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Topping the bidding at $352,500 was this 1798/7 gold $10.

Topping the bidding at $352,500 was this 1798/7 gold $10.

Rare gold topped the U.S. portion of the Stack’s Bowers auction sessions held Aug. 9-16 at or in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.

Realizing $352,500 was a 1798/7 Capped Bust gold $10 with the eagle facing right. It was graded AU-58 by the Professional Coin Grading Service. It was called a jewel from the Edgar B. Lupfer Collection.

The last time it appeared at a public auction was when Stack’s offered it in January 1987.

All prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium.

Another coin long off the market, an 1898 Liberty Head gold $20, sold for $258,500. It had last been on the block in the 1982 Eliasberg sale.

It was graded Proof-65+ by PCGS and it had a Certified Acceptance Corporation sticker.

The coin was part of a gold proof set that could be traced back to when John H. Clapp obtained it from the Philadelphia Mint in the year of issue.

A Proof-66 gold $10 from the 1898 set called Deep Cameo by PCGS with a CAC sticker sold for $111,625.


Sandblast proofs were not popular with collectors originally, but that has changed as a buyer paid $188,000 for this 1912 Saint-Gaudens.

Also bringing $258,500 was a 1799 Capped Bust Right gold $10. It was graded MS-65 by PCGS.

A sandblast proof 1912 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 fetched $188,000. The Proof-65 piece was housed in a PCGS Old Green Holder with a green CAC sticker.

A PCGS Proof-63 1879 Flowing Hair $4 gold Stella, Judd-1635, sold for $146,875.

Another piece once held by the Clapp Family was an 1860 gold $20 graded PCGS MS-65 with CAC sticker. The coin sold for $141,000.

Overall, the ANA sales brought over $21 million. The U.S. coin portion totaled Over $13.1 million. The rest came from ancients, world coins and paper money.

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This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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