Copper disme headlines Heritage ANA sale

Dallas ANA convention draws nearly 3,000 visitors
By , Coin World
Published : 10/31/12
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A 1792 Flowing Hair, Reeded Edge copper disme that once belonged to U.S. coin pattern researcher J. Hewitt Judd realized $587,500 in Heritage Auctions’ Oct. 18 and 19 sale in Dallas.

The sale of more than 3,000 lots of U.S. coins, held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association National Money Show, generated total prices realized of $21,232,981.69, with 93.85 percent of the lots selling.

The prices realized include the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee added to the closing price of each lot sold.

The attendance figure for the Dallas convention was 2,973, though the ANA changed how it counted attendees to the show.

“Beginning with this show, we started counting visitors at admissions once for every day they attended the show,” said RyAnne Scott, ANA marketing, advertising and communications manager. “Previously, we counted unique visitors.”

Explaining the rationale behind the system used at the Dallas show, Scott said, “For instance, if an ANA member attends for two days, they are counted as such. We feel this presents a more accurate count of daily traffic and attendance.”

In contrast, the first fall National Money Show, held in October 2011 in Pittsburgh, drew 3,224 unique visitors. The spring 2012 National Money Show in Denver brought total attendance of unique visitors, with dealers counted once, of 2,745 during the three-day convention. Total attendance for the March 17 to 19, 2011, National Money Show in Sacramento, Calif., reached 4,600, and the total attendance for the March 25 to 27, 2010, National Money Show in Fort Worth, Texas, reached 5,480.

Auction highlights

The 1792 disme pattern, cataloged as Judd 10 in United States Pattern Coins, Experimental & Trial Pieces by J. Hewitt Judd and edited by Q. David Bowers, is certified Proof 62 brown by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.

The coin last appeared in Heritage’s July 31, 2009, sale, where it realized $690,000, which included a 15 percent buyer’s fee.

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