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Baltimore shilling leads Philly results

A Lord Baltimore shilling sold for $57,500 Sept. 22 to highlight Bowers and Merena’s Philadelphia auction.

Designated the official pre-show sale of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Philadelphia Expo, the auction realized a total of $2,520,460 in two sessions.

All prices realized include a 15 percent buyer’s fee.

Featured in the sale was a selection of Colonial and early federal coins.

The shilling was graded MS-61 by the Professional Coin Grading Service and catalogers said it might be the finest known example of the type. It was cataloged as W-1080, Hodder-1A, Breen-64. URS-6. large portrait, MARIAE in legend.

They also noted the coin was once a part of the Eliasberg Collection. It is undated but was issued circa 1659.

“The turnout was great and we are very pleased with our results,” Steve Deeds, Bowers and Merena president, said of the sale.

Another highlight was a PCGS MS-64 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony Pine Tree Shilling that sold for $43,700. It was cataloged as large planchet. W-740, Noe-8, Crosby 1b-D. URS-9. monogrammed NE in legend.

A strong reverse 1922 “No D” Lincoln cent graded MS-64 Brown by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. realized $30,018. It was cataloged FS-401 (FS-013.2) Die Pair II.

A PCGS AU-58 1818 New Spain (Texas) Jola. W-8542, Breen-1082. URS-6. large planchet went for $28,750.

Gold made an appearance on the prices realized list with a PCGS MS-65 1926-S Saint-Gaudens double eagle bringing $25,300.

Also making the list at $25,300 was a 1787 Immune Columbia copper pattern. W-5680, Breen-1137. URS-8. IMMUNIS COLUMBIA. It has a large eagle reverse, plain edge and narrow planchet, catalogers further noted.

A PCGS VF-20 brass 1820 North West Company token. W-9250, Breen-1083. URS-9 fetched $8,050.

Check the Web site at www.bowersandmerena.com, or telephone the firm at (800) 458-4646 for more information.

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