Kernochan Family Collection of United States Gold Coins will be
offered June 2 in Los Angeles in Bonhams' Coins and Medals auction.
the 24-coin collection is an 1859 Coronet gold $20 double eagle graded
Proof 62+ by Professional Coin Grading Service. The only other known
Proof example of the 1859 coin was sold in 1982 as part of the Louis
E. Eliasberg Sr. Collection, under the name United States Gold Coin Collection.
headlining the June 2 auction at Bonhams is the second part of The
Champagne Lanson Bonnet Vineyard Collection of U.S. Gold Coins. The
well-publicized discovery occurred by chance in France in February
2012 when, according to the vineyard, several of the coins rained down
on a worker remodeling a former grape-drying facility.
of the auction can be found at www.bonhams.com/uscoins. The illustrated catalog
will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks
preceding the sale.