Heritage Auctions’ Houston
US Coin Signature Auction, the official auction of the Money
Show of the Southwest, is now open for bidding! Scheduled for November
29 - December 2 in Houston and over the Internet at www.ha.com, this auction contains an
unusually wide variety of rarities for bidders to choose from.
Several of the notable highlights of this US coin auction are not
US Mint products at all. A rare
New York Copper with the obverse legend NON VI VIRTUTE VICI
("Not by violence but by excellence have I conquered") is
coveted by collectors of both Washingtonia and Early American coinage.
Although 25 examples are believed to be known, this variety is seldom
offered at auction. The last appearance Heritage is aware of took
place in 2004.
shilling is one of the few private silver issues produced in
America in the 18th century, and one of three silver denominations
produced by Annapolis silversmith John Chalmers. The obverse of this
coin features two birds fighting over a long, thin object which is
believed by most numismatists to be a worm. This near-Mint coin is the
rarer Long Worm variety and is only surpassed in grade by one piece.
Lewis Feuchtwanger's one cent German-silver tokens are relatively
plentiful and most collectors are familiar with them, but his three
cent tokens, all dated 1837, are undeniably scarce, particularly in
Mint State. Dr. Feuchtwanger struck three different varieties of his
three cent piece, one with a coat of arms obverse, and two with the
eagle obverse. This auction offers examples of all three varieties in
MS63 or finer grades, highlighted by an example of the very rare Low-119
Variety, in Specimen-65. Only six examples are believed known of
this variety, distinguishable because the denomination is expressed
on the reverse in both words and the number 3.
Coins having a connection to the Confederate States of America are
rare and highly desirable. A small number of original half dollars and
cents dated 1861 are known and even restrikes from original dies
dating back to the 18th century can bring great premiums. While
restruck half dollars appear at auction with some frequency, the 1874
Haseltine cent restrikes, made with the original dies for the
Confederate cent, are much rarer. The Houston auction features an
outstanding example, one of two known to PCGS in Proof-65 Red and
Brown, with none finer.
One US Mint issue of note in the Houston auction is a medal, not a
coin. A gold
1925 Norse medal is one of the top five examples of this rare
issue certified by the major grading services. This piece was issued
as a medal rather than a coin after abuses in other commemorative coin
programs, but is commonly collected along with classic US
commemorative coins. Only 47 examples were issued in gold.
This auction is open for bidding now at www.HA.com/coins.