Bonhams sale offers coins, medals

Auction date: Sept. 4
By , Coin World
Published : 08/23/11
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More than 400 lots, including U.S. coins, world coins and medals, will be offered in the Bonhams Sept. 4 auction.

The live auction begins 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at Bonhams’ Los Angeles saleroom. Buyers will also be able to bid by phone, fax or Internet.

Among the lots being auctioned is an 1870-CC Coronet gold $20 double eagle in Extremely Fine condition. The Bonhams auction catalog states, “This particular coin has been in the Charles Mapes Collection since being purchased from the Kreisberg-Schulman Auction in February 1961, and can be considered a ‘discovery’ piece due to the length of time since its last offering 50 years ago.”

Bonhams estimates the 1870-CC double eagle will attain a hammer price (minus buyer’s fee) of $150,000 to $180,000.

A second Carson City gold double eagle, an 1871-CC piece in About Uncirculated condition, has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.

Another noteworthy coin offered is a 1796 Capped Bust, Small Eagle gold $10 eagle, graded About Uncirculated 50 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., with a Bonhams hammer price estimate of $50,000 to $60,000.

The sale also features a five-piece Panama Pacific International Exposition commemorative coin set in its original case of issue, featuring the 1915-S silver half dollar, silver dollar, gold dollar, gold quarter eagle and gold $50 round and octagonal coins. The set is expected to achieve a hammer price of $90,000 to $100,000.

For more details about the auction, visit the Bonhams website at, write the firm at 7601 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, or telephone Bonhams at 323-850-7500.

Some highlights:

1795 Flowing Hair half dime, Lot 1023, Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Extremely Fine 45.

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