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Stacks sells ANS duplicate dies

A sale of die duplicates of U.S. gold coins from the American Numismatic Society brought in $719,769 in a recent Stack's sale.
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Stack?s Jan. 11 sale of die duplicates of U.S. gold coins from the collection of the American Numismatic Society realized $719,769, including the 15-percent buyer?s fee.

The sale was held on the afternooon prior to the ANS Gala Dinner honoring Chet Krause at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.


The lots were of 101 die duplicates, with proceeds from the sale to go toward the ANS Collections Fund, to be used to expand less-represented areas in the ANS cabinet and maintain existing collections.

Among sale highlights were:

? A 1915-S Panama-Pacific commemorative $50 round gold, pictured at right, graded MS-64 by Stacks, sold for $89,125, with an opening bid of $54,000. It had a net mintage of only 483 pieces (1,500 pieces are believed to have been struck in 1916; however, 1,017 were melted as unsold).

? A 1915-S Panama-Pacific $50 octagonal gold, graded MS-62, sold for $54,625 with an opening bid of $33,000. This coin had a net mintage of 645 pieces after 855 of the orignal 1,500 were melted as unsold.


? An about uncirculated 1915-S Panama-Pacific commemorative $50 round gold sold for $51,750.

? A 1900 gold proof $2.50, graded Proof-66, sold for $36,800. It was one of only 205 proofs made.

For a full list of auction results, visit the Stack?s Web site at

The ANS can be contacted at 96 Fulton St., New York, NY 10038; telephone (212) 571-4470; fax (212) 571-4479; Web site