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Stella tops Stack's sale

Crimson turned green at Stack
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Crimson turned green at Stack?s March 2006 sale as an 1879 Flowing Hair Stella went for $230,000, pushing total prices realized near the $9.6 million mark.

The Stella, graded gem proof brilliant by the cataloger, was part of the Crimson Collection portion of the sale, held March 7-9. The auction total does not include the 15 percent buyer?s fee.

In all, coins from the Crimson Collection and other consignments brought a hammer price of $2,984,538. The Northern Bay Collection was hammered down at $3,068,385.

Other selections ? most focused on the quarter, half dollar and dollar denominations ? from the Northern Bay Collection will be included in Stack?s May 23-25 auction.

The rest of the March sale dealt with ancient and world coins, collecting a total exceeding $3.5 million, not including the 15 percent buyer?s fee.

Of the Stella, the cataloger writes, ?The present example is an exceptional specimen boasting glorious mirror-gleaming fields and delightfully sharp reliefs.?

In all, Stack?s sold four six-figure coins, including a Genoa Giano III Campofregosa, Doge XXIV, 1447-1448, 10 scudi d?oro that fetched $600,000.

A 1793 U.S. Flowing Hair large cent, graded Choice AU-55 by the cataloger, brought in $130,000, as did an 1822 dime, graded gem BU by the cataloger. Both were part of the Northern Bay Collection.

Other Crimson Collection highlights included: a 1796 small eagle half dollar, graded XF-40 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., $73,600; a 1911-D $5 gold piece, graded NGC MS-64, $46,000; a 1795 13 Leaves $10 gold piece, graded AU by the cataloger, $34,500; a 1798 $5 gold piece, graded BU nearly choice by the cataloger, $34,500; and an 1878-CC $5 gold piece, in choice AU condition, according to the cataloger, $36,800. Prices do include the 15 percent buyer?s fee.

Sold from the Northern Bay Collection was an 1832, N.1., large cent, graded Proof-64 by the cataloger, that realized $83,375. Also eclipsing the $80,000 mark was an 1837, N. 10, large cent, graded Proof-65 by the cataloger, that fetched $80,500. These prices do reflect the 15 percent buyer?s fee.

For more information on this auction, or future Stack?s sales, visit, call (212) 582-2580, fax either (212) 245-5018 or (212) 582-1946, or write to: 123 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019-2280.