2015 was an important year for rare coin auctions. Hundreds of named
collections were sold at auction houses, but three stood out from the
crowd. Selections from the amazing collection of Texas businessman D.
Brent Pogue were offered at two Stack’s Bowers/Sotheby’s auctions in
2015, realizing more than $50 million. At Heritage, 2015 saw the
conclusion of the Gene Gardner auctions, which exceeded $53 million,
and the Donald G. Partrick collection, which brought nearly $26
million at the 2015 Florida United Numismatists show. Here are three
rarities from these collections.
1870-S seated Liberty Dollar, EF-40
The collections of Eugene H. Gardner were offered at four
Heritage auctions in New York City in 2014 and 2015. Considered one of
the finest collections of silver coins ever put together, it was
especially strong in the Seated Liberty and Barber series.
One of Gardner’s highlights was an 1870-S Seated Liberty dollar
graded Extremely Fine 40 by PCGS that sold for just over half a
million dollars at Heritage’s Gardner III auction on May 12, 2015.
Just nine examples of the 1870-S dollar are known today, making it
rarer than the 1804 Draped Bust dollar. While the exact reason behind
its production is unknown, researchers speculate that the issue may
have been struck to serve as a memento of the new San Francisco Mint
building, since all but one example is well-circulated.
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