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Gold ingot tops Heritage’s Long Beach sale

California Gold Rush-era relics from the shipwreck of the S.S. Central America were among the top sellers in Heritage’s Jan. 29-Feb. 3 Long Beach Signature Auction, held in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo.

Altogether, prices topped $11 million, with after-auction sales continuing through Feb. 6.

A very large size 174.04-ounce Harris, Marchand & Co. gold ingot earned the top bid of $528,000 in Heritage Auctions’ recent Long Beach Signature Sale. (Image courtesy Heritage Auctions)

Of the six top lots, five were gold ingots found in the S.S. Central America shipwreck, highlighted by the very large size 174.04-ounce Harris, Marchand & Co. gold ingot.

This is the sole ingot from the firm’s Marysville office recovered in the shipwreck, and it is distinctive enough to warrant a significant writeup in Q. David Bowers’ A California Gold Rush History. It sold for $528,000.

Additional gold ingots in this auction included a Kellogg & Humbert 97.19-ounce, which brought $204,000; a Blake & Co. 19.30-ounce, $156,000; a Blake & Co. small-sized 14.31-ounce, $144,000; and a Justh & Hunter 50.50-ounce, $121,333.

A pair of Panama-Pacific $50 gold commemoratives, each graded MS64, further represented California highlights, having been minted in San Francisco and commemorating the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

The rarer round piece brought a sale price of $114,000, while the iconic octagonal coin sold for $81,000.

Among coins, the highest price of $210,000 was paid for this 1879 Flowing Hair Stella graded PRF64 Deep Cameo by PCGS. (Images courtesy Heritage Auctions)

Bringing the highest price for coins was the ever-popular 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, this one graded PRF64 Deep Cameo by the Professional Coin Grading Service.

Technically a pattern, this piece has been enthusiastically collected as a regular issue since its manufacture, most likely due to its odd denomination. It exchanged hands for $210,000.

Additional highlights included:

• 1795 $5 Small Eagle, MS61 PCGS CAC BD-3, which brought $84,000
• 1799 $10 Large Obverse Stars, MS63 NGC CAC, BD-10, $75,001
• 1901 $10, PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC CAC, $75,000
• 1792 Washington Getz Pattern Cent, Small Eagle, Copper MS61 Brown PCGS Gold Shield, $72,000
• 1864 G$1, MS69 NGC, $72,000
• 1839 50C No Drapery, PR62 NGC, $54,000
• 1881 $20, AU55 PCGS Gold Shield, $54,000
• 1937-D 5C Three-Legged, MS66 PCGS Gold Shield, FS-901, $48,000

All prices realized reported here include a 20% buyer’s premium.

Details on Heritage’s next Signature auction of U.S. coins can be found online at coins.HA.com.

 

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