Two unusual and extremely rare Philadelphia Mint proof coins — an
1802-dated "novodel" silver dollar and a
1907 Ultra High Relief, Sans Serif Edge Saint-Gaudens double
eagle – are among the highlights of the Heritage Auctions
Philadelphia Signature U.S.
Coin auction featuring Platinum Night™, scheduled for Aug. 2-5.
The Heritage Platinum Night session includes some of the most
exclusive rarities in U.S. coinage, including some offered for the
first time in years.
Only four proof 1802 Draped Bust dollars, or "novodels,"
are known, making them far rarer than the famous 1804 dollars. The
example of this enigmatic issue in this auction, graded
PR65 Cameo PCGS, CAC, is arguably the highest-quality and most
famous of all. While the four 1802 novodels have been given identical
technical grades by the major certification services, Heritage
considers this specimen the finest by a slim margin, which is
corroborated by a published condition census.
This auction also features one of only two confirmed 1907 Ultra
High Relief, Sans Serif Edge Saint-Gaudens double eagles, Judd-1907
PR58 PCGS Secure. The Ultra High Relief double eagle patterns of
1907 are considered the truest expression of the Saint-Gaudens vision
for the denomination. The Sans Serif or 1906-Style lettering on this
piece marks it, along with one other coin, as being one of the
earliest Ultra High Relief double eagles produced. This is the finer
of just two confirmed Sans Serif examples and the discovery coin as well.
Atop the regular-issue highlights is a 1921
double eagle graded MS65 PCGS, CAC, a famous melt rarity. Though
more than half a million 1921 double eagles were struck, only a few
left government possession and all the rest were destroyed during
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency. Only four examples have been
graded as MS65 or better by a major grading service, adding condition
rarity to this coin's desirability.
Any proof U.S. gold coin from 1839 is a major rarity and this
auction features specimens from all three of the year's gold
denominations. The 1839
proof quarter eagle, one of only four known, is graded PR62
PCGS; the 1839
proof half eagle, one of just two known and pedigreed to the
infamous collection of Egypt's King Farouk, is graded PR61 PCGS and
Type of 1838 eagle, one of just three known with one permanently
held by the Smithsonian Institution, is graded PR61 PCGS.
Not a coin itself but inextricably related to them, the "Genesis
Letter," a typed letter signed by President Theodore
Roosevelt and sent to Secretary of the Treasury Leslie M. Shaw,
signals President Roosevelt's private interest in coinage redesign and
names Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who went on to make the eagle and double
eagle designs bearing his name. The letter, dated December 27, 1904,
is a singular piece of numismatic history.
Bidding on this auction will continue through August 5, with
Platinum Night scheduled for Friday, August 3. If you can't make it to
the auction, you can place your bids at HA.com/Coins, or live against the
auction floor through Heritage Live!™