The unique 1873-CC Seated Liberty, No Arrows dime will be offered
at auction in August as part of a complete collection of Carson City
Stack’s Bowers Galleries will auction the “Battle Born
Collection,” only the second complete 111-piece set of Carson City
Mint coinage ever assembled. The only other complete set belonged to
Louis E. Eliasberg Sr., which was sold in three auctions in 1982, 1996
The Battle Born Collection is the only complete Carson City Mint
set to be sold during a single auction, according to Stack’s Bowers
Galleries. The collection will cross the block during the Rarities
Night Auction at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries official auction of the
American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia.
The entire auction will take place Aug. 1 to 11.
Exhibit set for FUN convention
The Battle Born Collection will be displayed in its entirety
during a public viewing opportunity at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries
table at the FUN Convention in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 5 to 8.
The spotlight coin of the collection is the unique 1873-CC Liberty
Seated, No Arrows dime, graded Mint State 65 by Professional Coin
Grading Service and bearing the Eliasberg pedigree. It is the only
example known to exist.
Mint records indicate that 12,400 1873-CC Seated Liberty, No
Arrows dimes were struck, but all are presumed melted with the
exception of the one surviving example, which was sent to the annual
Assay Commission in Philadelphia.
The last public purchase of the 1873-CC Seated Liberty, No Arrows
dime was in July 2004, when it sold for $891,250 at a Bowers and
Merena auction. The purchaser was Rusty Goe, who in December of that
same year sold the coin for an undisclosed amount to the owner of the
Battle Born Collection, thus completing that collector’s set.
The consignor, who chooses to remain anonymous, has been
assembling this collection since the early 1990s. The set was named by
Goe after the consignor’s home state of Nevada, “the Battle Born State.”
The consignor has been working hard to upgrade and complete the
entire collection since 2001, according to Stack’s Bowers.
Highly ranked coins
According to Stack’s Bowers Galleries, the collection now includes
20 stand-alone finest known coins, 30 pieces tied for finest known,
three stand-alone second-finest known coins, and 19 coins tied for
second-finest known, resulting in 72 of the 111 coins in the
collection being in the top two tiers of condition census. Each coin
in the collection is certified by PCGS or Numismatic Guaranty Corp.,
and many hold the Certified Acceptance Corp. designation. High-profile
pedigrees from the set include the aforementioned Eliasberg, as well
as R. Henry and Emory May Norweb, James A. Stack, Harry W. Bass Jr.,
James Fairfield and others.
“This is a truly historic event, not only for Carson City coin
collectors, but for all of numismatics,” said Chris Napolitano,
president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
“A collection of this magnitude comes around maybe a few times in
a generation, and it is our honor and privilege to be the chosen
auction house to bring this incredible set of Carson City Mint coinage
to the collecting public,” Napolitano said.
Goe said: “This collection will set a new standard of excellence
in numismatics, and pays great homage to the famed Carson City Mint.
It is not only Carson City collectors who will appreciate this set,
but enthusiasts of gold coins, Liberty Seated coins, Morgan silver
dollars, and just the overall legacy and lore of their origin.”
Additional highlights of the Battle Born Collection include:
➤ 1873-CC Seated Liberty, With Arrows dime. PCGS MS-65, CAC.
Finest known. Formerly in the Norweb Collection.
➤ 1874-CC Seated Liberty, With Arrows dime. PCGS MS-62. Tied for
second finest known. Formerly in the collection of Waldo E. Bolen.
➤ 1876-CC Seated Liberty 20-cent coin. PCGS MS-64, CAC. One of
just 12 to 20 examples known.
➤ 1871-CC Seated Liberty quarter dollar. PCGS MS-65, CAC. Tied for
finest known. Formerly in the collection of James A. Stack.
➤ 1873-CC Seated Liberty, No Arrows quarter dollar. PCGS MS-64.
Second finest of only five examples known. Formerly in the Norweb Collection.
➤ 1873-CC Seated Liberty, Arrows quarter dollar. PCGS MS-64, CAC.
Second finest known. Formerly in the Eliasberg Collection.
➤ 1870-CC Seated Liberty half dollar. NGC MS-62. Tied for finest
known. Formerly in the collections of Reed Hawn, James Bennett Pryor
and Dick Osburn.
➤ 1876-CC Coronet gold $5 half eagle. PCGS MS-66. The finest
Carson City Mint gold coin of any date or denomination. Formerly in
the Eliasberg and Bass collections.
➤ 1870-CC Coronet gold $20 double eagle. NGC About Uncirculated
53. The rarest Carson City Mint double eagle, this example among the
➤ 1871-CC Coronet gold $20 double eagle. NGC MS-64. Finest known.
Those interested in consigning to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Official Auctions of the ANA World’s Fair of Money and
ANA/Professional Numismatists Guild pre-show in August may contact
Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ West Coast office by telephone at
800-458-4646, the East Coast office at 800-566-2580, or by email at email@example.com. More
information about Stack’s Bowers Galleries can be found online at www.stacksbowers.com. ■