The 74th Central States Numismatic Society Convention April 24 to 27 in Schaumburg, Ill., drew attendance of more than 2,100 people.
Heritage Auction’s sale of the George Walton 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin attracted much attention at the show, as did six other seven-figure rarities selling in the various Heritage auctions.
CSNS convention chairman Kevin Foley said attendance was 922 on April 25, 656 on April 27 and 604 on April 28. An additional 227 people paid a $75 fee for an Early Bird badge that allowed early entrance to the bourse floor each day as well as during the April 24 setup.
The 263 bourse tables, exclusive of complimentary booths occupied by various clubs, represented a slight increase over 257 tables in 2012. Foley said, “The booth holder reaction was universally positive, with perhaps the best indication of dealer reaction being the fact that 171 booths were renewed and paid for in full prior to the close of the show.”
Heritage Auctions’ floor sessions offering 6,537 lots combined of U.S. coins and paper money brought total prices realized of $54,626,796 as of April 29.
The prices realized include the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee added to the final closing price of each lot won.
From the floor sessions of U.S. coins, of 4,307 lots offered, 4,180 were reported sold, bringing prices realized for coins to $39,641,097.
Of that total, $24,478,015 was realized for Platinum Night lots, of which 551 were sold out of 567 offered; and $4,087,743 for 159 lots offered, and sold, on behalf of the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
The 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin sold for $3,172,500 — $2.7 million hammer price plus buyer’s fee. In addition, three other coins topped the $1 million barrier.