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Fairmont Collection’s JBR Set to Cross Block in August

1851 $5 gold graded MS-63. (All images courtesy Stack’s Bowers Galleries.)

1851 $5 gold graded MS-63. (All images courtesy Stack’s Bowers Galleries.)

The JBR Set of $5, $10 and $20 gold coins from the Fairmont Collection is set to be a landmark feature in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ August Global Showcase Auction. Comprising nearly complete runs of each denomination beginning in 1834, the JBR Set exhibits a combination of Condition Census and Everyman quality across the rarest dates and varieties of U.S. gold. The 554 coins feature an overall CAC approval rate of 63 percent and rank among the top PCGS Registry Sets in their respective categories.

“Most importantly, each coin exhibits the incredible quality, originality and eye appeal that has become a hallmark of the Fairmont provenance,” according to Stack’s Bowers.

The $5 half eagles from the JBR Set span nearly a full century of U.S. coinage and include examples from the Classic Head, Liberty Head and Indian Head series. Seventy-five percent of the 224 half eagles have been approved by CAC, and they are ranked as the #1 Current and All-Time Finest PCGS Registry Set LIBERTY HEAD $5 GOLD BASIC SET, CIRCULATION STRIKES (1839-1908) – CAC category, as well as the #2 Current and All-Time Finest Set in the U.S. $5 GOLD COMPLETE BASIC SET, CIRCULATION STRIKES (1795-1929) category.

Highlights include an AU-58 CAC 1861-C, an AU-58 CAC 1863, a rare EF-45 CAC 1864-S, an historic MS-61 CAC 1866-S Motto, an AU-58 CAC 1872-CC, an AU-58 CAC 1874-CC, an MS-62+ CAC 1909-O rarity, a Choice MS-63+ CAC 1911-D and a near-Gem MS-64 CAC 1929.

1854 $10 gold graded MS-62+.

1854 $10 gold graded MS-62+.

The $10 eagles in the JBR Set encompass the Liberty Head series through the Indian Head series and offer a CAC approval rate of over 50 percent across 167 coins. They are currently ranked as the #2 Current and All-Time Finest PCGS Registry Set in both the LIBERTY HEAD $10 GOLD BASIC SET, CIRCULATION STRIKES (1838-1907) – CAC and U.S. $10 GOLD COMPLETE BASIC SET, CIRCULATION STRIKES (1795-1933) categories.

Highlights among the eagles include an important MS-62 1853/‘2’, a MS-62+ CAC 1854, an AU-53 CAC 1864 and an AU-55 CAC 1865-S.

Comprising Liberty Head and Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagles from 1850 through 1928, the 163 coins of this denomination in the JBR Set boast a CAC approval rate of over 60 percent. They are currently ranked as the #2 Current and All-Time Finest PCGS Registry Set in both the LIBERTY HEAD $20 GOLD BASIC SET, CIRCULATION STRIKES (1850-1907) – CAC and U.S. $20 GOLD COMPLETE BASIC SET, CIRCULATION STRIKES (1850-1932) categories.

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Highlights include a rare MS-61 CAC 1851-O, an AU-55+ CAC 1861-O, an AU-58 1866-S No Motto rarity, a scarce MS-61 CAC 1873-CC, a lustrous MS-62 CAC 1885-CC and a rare MS-61 CAC 1891-CC.

The offering of the JBR Set from the Fairmont Collection comes on the heels of the record-setting sale of the Hendricks Set from the same source in the firm’s April 2022 auction. The Hendricks Set earned over $13.6 million in total prices, more than doubling the overall pre-sale estimate and with an average lot value of nearly $30,000. More than 350 lots, over 70 percent of the collection, set new auction records for the grade or overall issue, and 17 lots achieved six-figure prices.

For more information about the JBR Set from the Fairmont Collection or to consign, contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries by email at Consign@StacksBowers.com or by phone at (800) 458-4646. υ