Libertas Americana to Headline Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Coin Auction
Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present an array of American rarities in its upcoming March 2014 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, March 26-29 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
All series are well represented by pieces certain to attract the attention of a broad cross-section of the numismatic community. Among early issues, a silver 1781 Libertas Americana medal will draw bids, as it was voted No. 1 in the Whitman book The 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens. Also included is a 1776-dated (circa 1789) Washington Before Boston silver medal. High-grade state coppers of the 1785-1788 era will be presented, as is the historic 1776 Continental Currency dollar.
Among federal coins, a 1794 cent, Sheldon-31, grading MS-66 will command attention, and early silver coins, Liberty Seated issues, Barber denominations, and 20th century scarcities and rarities will be presented, as well as a Gem 1916 Standing Liberty quarter with Full Head. A choice Mint State 1797 BB-71 dollar is one of the finest offered in recent times. Morgan dollars include Carson City issues, rare mintmarks, Proofs, and more. An 1858 Proof set from the cent to the Liberty Seated dollar will also cross the auction block.
Among gold coins is a Proof-67 Ultra Cameo gold dollar from The Ed Trompeter Collection, a Gem Proof 1858 quarter eagle from The Louis E. Eliasberg Collections, and a Superb Gem Proof 1858 half eagle from The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection. A Gem Proof 1879 Stella will also be available for one lucky bidder. Early and late eagles in high grades will cross the block, including a Proof-68 1912 Indian ten. Gem Proof double eagles in multiples will cross the block, as will Superb Gem Mint State MCMVII (1907) High Relief double eagles of the wire rim and flat rim varieties, and many scarce and rare gold coins from dollars to double eagles.
A gold 1936 Nobel Peace Prize medal awarded to Argentinean scholar and statesman Carlos Saavedra Lamas will highlight the medal section. In the 1930s, Lamas worked effectively to end the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia as he led efforts to build a consensus resulting in the acceptance of the 1934 South American Antiwar Pact, which was eventually signed by the representatives of 11 countries. In 1936, he was honored by election to the office of Assembly President of the League of Nations headquartered in Geneva (a predecessor organization to the current United Nations in New York). Other medals included in the sale are of interest and important as well.
Additional highlights include:
- Lot 2066: “1776″ (Circa 1789) Washington Before Boston Medal. Silver. 69 mm. 169.5 grams. Baker-47, Betts-542, Julian MI-1. Plain Edge. Choice About Uncirculated. From The Charles A. Wharton Collection.
- Lot 2077: (Circa 1852-1854) Declaration of Independence Medal. Silver. 91 mm. 295.0 grams. By Charles Cushing Wright. Baker-53G. Mint State. From The Charles A. Wharton Collection.
- Lot 4001: 1787 Massachusetts Cent. Ryder 3-G. Rarity-3-. Arrows in Left Talon. MS-64 BN (PCGS).
- Lot 4002: 1786 Non Vi Virtute Vici Copper. Baker-13. Rarity-6. Small Head. EF-40 (PCGS).
- Lot 4008: 1794 Liberty Cap Cent. S-31. Rarity-1. Head of 1794. MS-66 BN (PCGS). Ex: Halpern-Naftzger-Loring.
- Lot 4020: 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter. MS-65+ FH (PCGS).
- Lot 4034: 1797 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. BB-71, B-3. Stars 10×6. MS-63 (NGC). Ex: Queller Family Collection.
- Lot 4055: 1858 Gold Dollar. Proof-67 Ultra Cameo (NGC). Ex: Trompeter.
- Lot 4081: 1879 Four-Dollar Gold Stella. Flowing Hair. Proof-65 Deep Cameo (PCGS). From The Cherry Blossom Collection.
- Lot 4116: 1880 Liberty Double Eagle. Proof-66 Ultra Cameo (NGC). From The Cherry Blossom Collection.
- Lot 4123: MCMVII (1907) Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. High Relief. Wire Rim. MS-66 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From The Cherry Blossom Collection.
- Lot 4124: MCMVII (1907) Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. High Relief. Flat Rim. MS-66 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From The Cherry Blossom Collection.
- Lot 4133: 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50. Round. MS-66 (NGC). From The Cherry Blossom Collection.
- Lot 4143: 1851 Augustus Humbert $50. Reeded Edge. K-5. 880 THOUS., Target Reverse. EF-40 (PCGS).
Lot viewing for this Baltimore coin auction begins March 10–13 at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries headquarters in Irvine, Calif., and continues March 18–22 at Stack’s Bowers Galleries in New York, NY. Final lot viewings will be held March 24–29 at the Baltimore Convention Center. For a complete auction schedules and additional information, please visit the company’s website at StacksBowers.com.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries is currently accepting U.S. and world consignments for its June 2014 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo and August 2014 World’s Fair of Money Showcase and Rarities Night Auctions. For more information, please call 800.458.4646 (West Coast) or 800.566.2580 (East Coast) to speak to a consignment specialist.
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Professional Numismatists Guild New York Invitational, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and our April and August Hong Kong Auctions.