Rare, high grade gold coins were the highlights as Heritage's
March 21-22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction brought
in over $7.6 million to its happy consignors. All prices include a
17.5% Buyer's Premium.
The top coin in the auction, selling for $129,250, was a proof
1861 eagle, at Proof 64 Cameo the only such example
that PCGS has awarded such a high grade with a Cameo (or Deep Cameo)
designation. Only one coin at NGC surpasses it in numerical grade.
Only ten examples are believed to survive of this issue from the first
year of the Civil War.
High grade examples of popular early gold issues also performed
well. A gem
1806 half eagle with Round Top 6 and a 7x6 obverse star
arrangement broke the six figure mark at $111,625. While
the variety itself is not rare by the standards of early gold, most
examples are in circulated grades. Combined population reports from
the two major grading services show only four examples grading MS65,
with none higher, and in fact, two of these grading events cover this
specific coin. A 1801
eagle graded MS64 and featuring highly contrasted (but
undesignated) prooflike surfaces, sold for $88,125. Only five examples
bear higher numerical grades.
A rare variety of Christopher Bechtler gold, the 128
G(rain) five dollar piece with colon after G, sold for
$67,562. We believe that 6-10 of these coins are known, and this
example, graded AU55, is surpassed by only two coins graded by the
Heritage’s next World
and Ancient Coin Signature Auction is open for bidding
now at www.HA.com/coins,
with their next US
Coin Signature Auction scheduled to open for bidding