$8 million Type I double eagle set making first appearance this summer

Monaco Rare Coins will exhibit the historic set in the ANA Museum Showcase
By , Donn Pearlman & Associates
Published : 06/27/16
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The following is press release from Donn Pearlman & Associates:

The first public display of a 46-coin set of Type I Double Eagle U.S. $20 denomination gold coins will be one of the featured highlights of the Museum Showcase at the American Numismatic Association 2016 Anaheim World’s Fair of Money, August 9-13, 2016. Known as the Horseneck Collection, the set required 14 years to assemble and now is insured for $8 million for its public debut at the ANA convention.

This exhibit is courtesy of Monaco Rare Coins of Newport Beach, California and an anonymous East Coast collector who owns the remarkable coins. The owner began collecting coins as a child in the 1950s when he became fascinated by 1830s and 1840s era quarters and half dollars his grandfather had accumulated while working as a bank teller in the 1890s.

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“The Horseneck Collection set includes many finest known or tied for finest known Type I Double Eagles that were struck from 1850 to 1866.  Many of the coins were made from California Gold Rush ore, and a dozen were recovered from famous shipwrecks: the 1857 sinking of the fabled ‘ship of gold,’ the Central America; the 1865 wreck of the Republic; and the 1865 sinking of the Brother Jonathan,” said Adam Crum, Monaco Vice President.

The set’s 1854-O is graded NGC AU-58, tied for finest known, and was recovered from the Republic in 2003.

Other highlights of the Type I Double Eagle set include: 1850 graded PCGS MS-63+; 1856-O, NGC AU-58; 1857-S, recovered from the Central America, PCGS MS-66; 1861-S, Paquet Reverse, NGC AU-58; and 1866-S, No Motto, NGC MS-61.

"It is collections like this and the support of organizations like Monaco Rare Coins that make the ANA Museum Showcase a centerpiece and must-see event at each of our shows,” stated Douglas Mudd, ANA Money Museum Curator.

“The large, Type I Double Eagles convey the history and intrigue which is so important for a coin to be desirable,” said Crum who is co-author of “An Insider's Guide to Collecting Type I Double Eagles,” and is completing work on a new reference book, "America's First $20 Gold Coins.”

“If not for the California Gold Rush, we most likely would not have had these wonderful treasures to enjoy today. They were minted in an era that defined our borders, saw us flourish economically and finally saw us fall to the lows of humanity with a four year Civil War that ravaged our nation,” Crum explained.

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