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Early coins top Baltimore sale


A Proof-66 Ultra Cameo 1836 Classic Head gold $2.50 attracted a top price of $287,500 at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Baltimore auction held March 19-27.

The gold piece was graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and it was one of 6,554 U.S. coin, paper money and exonumia lots that together realized $16,407,956 at this the official auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo.

A 1792 half disme graded AU-58 by NGC. was next up on the highlight list, realizing $212,750.

Another top lot was a 1922 Grant commemorative half dollar with star. It was graded Proof-64 by the Professional Coin Grading Service. It brought $184,000.

Prices reported here include a 15 percent buyer’s fee.

“The sale was extremely well attended,” noted Chris Napolitano, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. “Indicative of the continued strength of the rare coin market, we registered strong prices realized in series as diverse as Colonials and Territorial gold,” he said.

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A 1776 New Hampshire copper graded VG-10 by PCGS, found a new owner at $172,500. Stack’s Bowers noted that it came from the Garrett collection and sold for $13,000 in 1980.

A PCGS AU-55 1851 Augustus Humbert gold $50 of the Lettered Edge, 50 D C 880 Thous No. 50 on Reverse Territorial gold piece reached $138,000.

Copper collectors found it noteworthy that an 1864 2-cent piece with small motto sold for $112,125. The coin was graded a Proof-65 Red Brown by PCGS and it had a sticker from Certified Acceptance Corp.

Next up, a 1934 Maryland commemorative half dollar graded Matte Proof-64 by NGC, was bid to $109,250.

An 1841 Little Princess gold $2.50 graded PCGS EF-45 went to a new home for $105,800.

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Two lots tied at $83,375. The first piece was an 1838 Gobrecht silver dollar described as Name Removed, Judd-84 Restrike, Proof-64 in a PCGS Secure holder.

The second was a gold piece, a 1909 Indian Head $5 from the Demarete collection. It graded PCGS Proof-66.

A 1907-D gold $20 graded PCGS MS-67 in a Secure holder fetched $74,750.

From the Jim Jones collection of Early American and Colonial coinage came a 1776 Continental dollar, a Newman 1-C CURENCY example struck in pewter. It was certified AU-58 by PCGS and had a CAC sticker. It sold for $71,875.

A list of prices realized can be found at www.stacksbowers.com, it can be obtained by call at (800) 458-4646.

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