The auctions associated with the Florida United
Numismatists show in Orlando, Jan. 8 to 11, are massive events for
the rare coin market.
Night auction is set for
Jan. 7, and features many singular rarities, although none with the
broad, mainstream recognition of January 2014’s headliners: a 1787
Brasher doubloon that sold for nearly $4.6 million and a 1913
Liberty Head 5-cent piece that realized $3,290,000.
Coin World is profiling a few of the Platinum Night FUN auction highlights.
Closing out the sale is a small group of extremely rare
commemorative pattern coins including a copper 1915 “No S”
Panama-Pacific International Exposition half dollar in Proof 66 red
and brown. It is one of only three examples traced and is Judd 1962 in
J. Hewitt Judd’s standard reference on patterns.
These were struck before the San Francisco Mint mark was added to
the dies, and it is unclear whether these coins were struck as die
trials, or if they are fantasy pieces, as two examples also exist in gold.
A different example also graded Proof 66 red and brown with an NGC ★
realized $199,750 at Heritage’s April 2013 first auction of the Eric P. Newman Collection.
Few items are as impressive as an octagonal 1915 Panama-Pacific
International Exposition $50 hub trial, graded Proof 65 red and
numbered Judd A1915-3. It is a trial of the dies on an oversized
copper planchet and was likely in the famed collection of Virgil
Brand. It has appeared just one time at auction, in 1964.
The image appears in reverse, and as Heritage explains, “The
impression was taken from the hubs used to impress the die and not the
die itself. Thus, this piece shows the mirror image of the devices
that actually appear on the coins.”
The lot description shares the history of two pieces, writing that
commemorative specialist Anthony Swiatek purchased these two coins,
and many other commemorative patterns in his collection, from Sol
Kaplan at a coin show in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in 1971, and they have
been off the market since that time.
Also included is a 1915 Panama-Pacific gold dollar reverse die
trial, Judd A1915-2, in bronzed white medal, that was first offered at
the 1952 American
Numismatic Association convention auction and was later offered
in a 1974 Bowers and Ruddy auction before being purchased by Swiatek.
Read about more highlights of the Heritage FUN auctions:
Chain cent once part of 'finest U.S. coin collection of all time'
on the block at Heritage FUN auction
Seated Liberty dime among Heritage FUN auction highlights
certified 18th century gold half eagle among Heritage lots at FUN auctions
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