Georgia collector Mack Martin, left, accepts the Best in Show exhibit award from Exhibit Chairperson Fran Lockwood during the annual awards breakfast April 26. Martin displayed his exhibit of Louisiana and Georgia Baby Bonds.
More than $50 million in auctions and an extensive presentation of numismatic exhibits featured prominently during the Central States Numismatic Society 75th Anniversary Convention April 23 to 26 in Schaumburg, Ill.
Topping Heritage Auctions’ various offerings was the finest of four known 1849 Pacific Company pioneer gold $5 coins, which realized $763,750. The coin is graded About Uncirculated 58 by Professional Coin Grading Service.
According to an April 30 Heritage press release, the U.S. Coin auction at CSNS realized more than $46.7 million, its U.S. Currency stood at over $4.1 million, and the World Currency auctions totaled $2.7 million, bringing the CSNS total to more than $53.6 million.
Heritage officials said that the U.S. coin results at CSNS make it the all-time highest-grossing U.S. coin auction other than Heritage’s Florida United Numismatists auctions.
The sale featured the Riverboat Collection — 62 pioneer gold coins and one gold pattern — all of which sold, for a total of $10,489,762. (See related auction coverage on Page 1.)
CSNS convention chairman Kevin Foley reported April 29 that attendance was comparable to 2013. For the 2014 convention, public attendance was 1,212 on April 24, 896 on April 25 and 739 on April 26. A total 806 dealers and associates occupied 277 dealer booths. The 277 dealer booths were sold out in February, Foley said.
The CSNS sold 156 Early Bird Badges, which allowed badge holders entrance to the bourse on dealer setup day April 23.
Foley said dealers have already bought and paid for 60 percent of the dealer booths for the 2015 CSNS convention.
The CSNS convention for 2015, 2016, and 2017 will also be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center as was the 2014 show. Foley said a contract is currently being negotiated to include the 2018 convention.