In 1925, Baltimore banker and financier Louis E. Eliasberg
discovered the world of numismatics. Intrigued by the art and history
of coins, and aware of their potential as a store of value and an
investment, he set about building what by 1950 became a unique
accomplishment: A complete collection of every United States coin date
and mintmark ,from the 1793 half cent to the 1933 double eagle, plus
incredible commemoratives, colonials, patterns and territorial gold.
Nothing like this had been done before. Nothing like this will ever be
After his passing in 1976, his family contacted us and consigned
his remarkable collection to us. In a series of sales we presented The
Eliasberg Collection at auction. Record after record was broken
—including in 1996 when his 1913 Liberty Head nickel became the first
coin ever to cross the million-dollar mark. Once the sale was
completed, the collection realized close to $60 million — tied with
our more recent sale of The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection in the same
range. These are the two most valuable collections ever sold at
auction. Next in the record book is the third most valuable collection
sold at auction — The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, which realized
over $40 million. We also hold the world record for the highest price
ever realized for single coins — the 1804 dollar at over $4.4 million
and the 1933 double eagle at over $7.5 million.
Year in and year out, dating back to our founding in 1933 and our
first auction in 1935, we have sold more collections and more
rarities, and have established more records than any other rare coin
auction firm in history. And momentum continues with the recently
consigned Cardinal Collection!
The Cardinal Collection includes some of the rarest and finest
American coins, including a 1793 Wreath cent certified as MS-69, the
only large cent of any date to achieve this grade. The 1794
dollar certified as Specimen-66 is far and away the finest example of
the first American dollar. The Cardinal Collection will be offered as
part of our New York Americana Sale, January 22-24, 2013, where we
expect more records to be set!
There are still a few slots available for our three-day Americana
Sale. If you have choice or rare coins, tokens or medals, we would be
honored to showcase them. The market is very strong, and the sale
offers an incredible opportunity.
Let our success be your success! This could well be the most
profitable decision you have ever made. Go to StacksBowers.com for more information.