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Gold leads rarities sold in Baltimore

Topping the bidding at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Baltimore auction held in conjunction with the Whitman show in June was this AU-58 1881 $20 gold piece that brought $88,125.

An 1881 gold $20 highlighted Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ June Baltimore auction.

The buyer took it home for $88,125. It was graded AU-58 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.

Mintage is just 2,199 but Q. David Bowers estimates that no more than a few dozen survive. This is one of the finest of the survivors.

The highlight of the Robert Warner Wolfe collection was the stunning PCGS AU-53 1793 Sheldon-3 Chain cent.

It was called a newcomer to the market, as well as to the condition census, by the cataloger. It sold for $79,312.

A PCGS MS-60 1801 Draped Bust half dollar fetched $70,500.

About this coin, the firm said that it had been purchased from Stack’s in 1974 and again sold by Stack’s as part of the legendary Queller Family Collection in 2002. It is a condition census specimen.

Part II of the Blue Moon Collection followed up the first part of this impressive cabinet sold by Stack’s Bowers in March. With an emphasis on minor denominations, this recent group contained numerous high-grade rarities including some of the most popular key dates of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Norweb-Hawn specimen of the famed Proof 1864 Small Motto two-cent piece was certified Proof-65 BN by PCGS. Traceable back to circa 1910, this gorgeous Gem brought $54,050, the firm reported.

An 1801 Bust half dollar was not far behind in the high stakes Baltimore bidding, bringing $70,500.

Also from the Wolfe Collection, the finest known 1803 Cohen-2 half cent certified AU-58+ by PCGS and approved by Certified Acceptance Corporation fetched $49,350.

The firm called this figure astounding and pointed out that it ranks finer than even the Missouri Cabinet specimen.

Veterans of the circulation finds era will be particularly interested in the sale of the iconic key date of the Mercury dime series. An example of the 1916-D graded MS-65+ FB by PCGS and approved by CAC was bid to $58,750.

A highlight from the Robert Warner Wolfe Collection was this 1793 Sheldon-3 Chain cent graded PCGS AU-53. It sold for $79,312.

An 1872 pattern Amazonian Eagle in copper, Judd-1246, sold for $37,600 while an 1850 Baldwin & Co. gold $5 graded AU-55 by PCGS realized $32,900.

With strong results from the Blue Moon and Wolfe Collections, the auction realized over $5.3 million.

The auction firm said results signaled sustained demand for quality coins of every denomination.

For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.stacksbowers.com.

All prices here include a 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.


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