Long Beach Expo and Whitman’s Baltimore Expo are both thrice-yearly
shows held on opposite coasts that attract many of the same dealers.
This year’s final Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports
Collectibles Expo (using its full name) took place Sept. 17 to 19 and
featured official auctions by Heritage and pre-show auctions by
Bonhams and Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers. Here are three
impressive gold coins, each a highlight for the firm offering it. The
Long Beach Expo returns to the Long Beach Convention Center Feb. 4 to
1865-S Coronet gold $20 Double Eagle, MS-65
Coronet double eagles recovered from
shipwrecks are highly collectible, and though many have been restored
within acceptable conservation standards, collectors often value
examples from a prominent shipwreck at higher levels than nonshipwreck coins.
At Bonhams’ Sept. 14 coins and medals auction in Los Angeles, the
firm sold an 1865-S Coronet $20 double eagle recovered from the SS
Brother Jonathan and graded Mint State 65 by Numismatic Guaranty
Corp., for $24,570. Many of the 1,207 coins recovered from the wreck
were of this date and the recovery of the coins from this and the SS
Republic a decade later made the issue more available, though the
publicity of the treasure also increased demand.
The auction lot description states: “A magnificent coin, it has
softly frosted mint luster [on] each side and shows a lively interplay
of peach colored orange-gold and bright, reddish-pink patina.”