The Stack's Bowers Galleries 1,242-lot auction Oct. 14 in New York City generated total prices realized of $1.7 million, according to Stack's Bowers' president, Brian Kendrella.
The prices realized includes the 17.5 percent buyer's fee added to the final closing hammer price of each lot won.
Among the auction highlights from the sale were a 1796 Draped Bust, Small Eagle, 16 Stars half dollar; a 1794 Liberty Cap cent; an 1875-CC Seated Liberty 20-cent coin; an 1861-D Indian Head gold dollar; and an 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co., $20 pioneer gold coin.
1796 Draped Bust half dollar
The 1796 Draped Bust, Small Eagle, 16 Stars half dollar, graded Very Fine 35 by Professional Coin Grading Service, brought $141,000. The coin is attributed as the Overton 102 variety as cataloged in the fifth edition of Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836 by Donald Parsley, expanded and revised from the original work by Al C. Overton.
The Draped Bust, Small Eagle design was issued for just two years, 1796 and 1797, with only 3,918 half dollars reported to have been minted during the two-year period. Researchers believe no more than 250 to 300 half dollars dating 1796 and 1797 can be accounted for. The 1796 O-102 variety is considered known by fewer than 50 examples.
1794 Liberty Cap cent
The 1794 Liberty Cap, Head of 1794 cent, Sheldon 29 variety as cataloged in Penny Whimsy by William H. Sheldon, generated $49,937.50. The coin is graded Mint State 65 brown by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
According to the auctin lot descrioption, the coin was "struck from a late state of this die marriage, with myriad fine cracks on the obverse and a bolder reverse crack from the border at the letter R in AMERICA."
1875-CC Seated Liberty 20-cent coin