The recent Heritage Long
Beach auctions, held February 2-5 in conjunction with the Long
Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo, proved to be a great success when
they realized over $13 million in total. Over 94% of all lots offered
in these auctions sold, with post-auction buys continuing. All prices
realized include a 15% Buyer's Premium.
The main event was the US coin auction, which brought in over
$11.5 million all told. Highlighting the results was a branch
mint proof 1839-O half dollar, which brought $299,000 to its
happy consignor. This coin, while nowhere near as famous as its
legendary New Orleans counterpart from 1838, is considerably rarer as
A beautiful 1869
eagle, graded PR67 Ultra Cameo by NGC and awarded the star
designation for eye appeal, took next honors, realizing $161,000.
Beyond this coin's extraordinary appearance, it is the single finest
known of this issue's minuscule mintage of 25 coins from a technical
standpoint, with a single PR66 coin standing as its nearest rival.
A high quality example of the intriguing 1860
Mormon five dollar gold piece sold for $155,250. Mormon gold
coins are rare and desirable in any grade, with mint state pieces much
more so, and this piece is the single finest known example at PCGS.
This issue's lettering in the Deseret alphabet makes it unique even
among Mormon gold.
The activities at Long Beach did not end with US coins, as a small
but important offering of currency also crossed the auction block.
These 50 pieces combined to bring in over $1.5 million, with every lot
selling. Taking top honors in this auction was an exceptional 1907
$1000 gold certificate, graded Choice Uncirculated 64 by PMG,
with a notation of "Great Color," testifying to this note's
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