Bidding Wars Drive Prices to Record Levels at Legend’s Regency XXII Auction

Paddles High! Legend Regency auction

A packed Legend Regency Auction room and record number of bidders online helped drive prices realized to extraordinarily strong prices. The top lot surprised all in attendance when several internet bidders, a phone bidder, and a floor bidder fought it out on lot 431, a fresh-to-market 1892-S Morgan dollar in PCGS MS64 CAC to a record $293,750 USD (all prices reported include the 17.5% buyer’s premium).

“We knew early on that this coin would be a highly contested lot as soon as the sale opened for bidding online nearly four weeks prior to the live bidding,” explained Julie Abrams, President of Legend Rare Coin Auctions. “We knew several collectors who really wanted the coin, and in the end, the quality of the coin was evident with the record price realized.”

While that result was a shock, no one was really surprised when the prize of the 1994 Collection, the 1909 Roman Finish $20 in PCGS PR66 CAC, realized a record $193,875.

“While certainly higher than our $110,000+ presale estimate, this coin was always the star of any preview such as Long Beach and Baltimore earlier this summer,” Julie Abrams continued.

“The collector was an overseas client, again showing how wide our client base really is,” Laura Sperber, founder of LRCA, noted. “This is the second auction in a row that a star of the sale went to an overseas buyer. The market for superior US coinage is not limited any more--worldwide collectors crave these coins and crave true quality”

Northern Lights Collection Morgan Dollars - Part VPart Five of the amazing Northern Lights Collection again shattered records. Many coins at the Legend Regency Auction opened well in excess of their high estimate and they blew past “moon money and went to beyond Pluto money!” The last coin in the collection--the “Grande Dame” of monster toned Morgans, the PCGS MS68+ CAC Ex Sunnywood-Simpson 1880-S--realized $61,687.50.

“This is a coin that has always generated record prices, dating back to its first recorded auction appearance in Auction ’83,” Greg Cohen, Senior Numismatist, explained. “This is a true trophy coin for any specialist in monster toned dollars, and it now resides in another world-class collection.”

“While the overall market is still choppy for okay coins, this auction more then proved when great coins are offered, they will still bring earth shattering prices, especially when fresh,” Ms. Abrams said. “With collections like 1994, featuring awesome coins that have been put back for a generation, collectors will really battle it out to bring home their prizes.”

“Hundreds of NEW numismatists participated in this sale as bidders, and did they ever bid!” Ms. Sperber exclaimed. “We were more than happy with the results of our sale. It goes to show that the boutique style auction, and great venue provided by PCGS, really does attract serious bidders.”

1888 Five Dollars Proof Gold

While highlights were numerous across the Glacier Rams, 1994, JK Mirror, Northern Lights, and R.W. Collections, below are a sampling of exceptionally strong results:

  • Lot 37: 20C 1877 PCGS PR66 CAC bean EX 1994 COLLECTION - Realized $39,950
  • Lot 42: $20 1909 PCGS PR66 CAC bean EX 1994 COLLECTION - Realized $193,875
  • Lot 57: 1C SET MATTE PROOF LINCOLNS, 1909 VDB-1916 PCGS PR65-PR66+ BN/RB CAC bean - Realized $61,687.50
  • Lot 87: 1C 1909 INDIAN. PCGS PR66+ RD CAM CAC bean - Realized $17,037.50
  • Lot 156: 10C 1894 PCGS MS68 EX SIMPSON - Realized $21,150
  • Lot 203: 50C 1887 PCGS PR65 DCAM CAC bean - Realized $9,400
  • Lot 221: 50C 1939 PCGS PR68+ CAC bean - Realized $19,387.50
  • Lot 252: T$1 1873 PCGS PR64+ CAM CAC bean - Realized $12,337.50
  • Lot 265: $1 1881-S PCGS MS67 CAC bean EX NORTHERN LIGHTS - Realized $21,150
  • Lot 268: $1 1881-S PCGS MS67+ CAC bean EX NORTHERN LIGHTS - Realized $36,425
  • Lot 277: $1 1887 PCGS MS66 CAC bean EX NORTHERN LIGHTS - Realized $14,100
  • Lot 278: $1 1904-O PCGS MS67 CAC bean EX NORTHERN LIGHTS - Realized $39,950
  • Lot 279: $1 1880-S PCGS MS68+ CAC bean EX NORTHERN LIGHTS - Realized $61,687.50
  • Lot 431: $1 1892-S PCGS MS64 CAC bean - Realized $293,750
  • Lot 450: 50C 1877 J-1515. PCGS PR66 BN CAC bean - Realized $42,300
  • Lot 476: $5 1798 LARGE 8, 13 STAR REVERSE. PCGS MS62 CAC bean - Realized $47,000
  • Lot 498: $10 1908 MOTTO. PCGS PR66 CAC bean - Realized $76,375

The next Regency Auction, the official auction for the PCGS Members Only Show, will be held on October 29, 2017 and is currently open for consignments. We already have in excess of $3,000,000 consigned (look for a major announcement shortly). Whether you have a single rarity, a few duplicates, or an entire collection, contact Legend Rare Coin Auctions today at (732) 935-1168, or email info@legendauctions.com to discuss your holdings.

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA), founded in 2012 by Laura Sperber is a boutique auction firm that handles the finest in U.S. rare coins. Every coin offered is vetted by two world-class numismatists. As the official auctioneer of the PCGS Members Show, Legend Regency Auctions are conducted four or five times a year and are limited to roughly 500 lots. A Premier Session Internet Only Auction is held monthly, featuring 150-200 hand selected lots. For more information, or to consign, contact Greg Cohen or Julie Abrams.

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