For the first time in many years, the American Numismatic Association
has two official auctioneers for its World’s Fair of
Money in Rosemont, Ill.: Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions.
The ANA is selling both firms to potential consignors via letters
signed by ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick, and both firms are
aggressively courting consignors.
In her letter promoting Heritage, dated May 23, Kiick writes, “One
cannot help but be impressed by their long-distinguished and
unparalleled record of service (44 prior Official ANA Auctions!) to
She says, “When I make important selections in my life, I look for
quality, service and experience,” adding, “You have probably heard the
old axiom about not picking the low bidder for your brain surgeon —
well, you definitely want one with fine credentials, great experience,
an excellent success rate, and one that uses the latest technologies
to provide optimal results.”
In her letter promoting Stack’s Bowers, received at Coin
World’s offices on June 17, Kiick reminds readers that one of the
parent companies of Stack’s Bowers Galleries — Stack’s — conducted its
first ANA convention auction in 1939. She adds, “Superb personal
service combined with the utmost in numismatic expertise is the
foundation on which this family business was built in 1933.” She then
advised potential consignors, “You can depend on Stack’s Bowers
Galleries to provide you with honesty, professionalism, integrity,
personal service, scholarly expertise, and financial security.”
Beyond the breathless praise lavished on both firms are dozens of
hardworking consignment directors at Heritage and Stack’s Bowers
seeking material in the U.S. coins, world coins and paper money
categories to fill multiple major auctions.
Heritage’s auctions from Aug. 6 to 11 include a group of exceptional
gold double eagles from the Charles G. Wright Family Collection led by
the Aug. 7 Platinum Night offering of an 1861 Coronet, Paquet Reverse
double eagle graded Mint State 61. It is one of just two known and
last sold at a 2006 auction for $1.61 million.
Stack’s Bowers’ auctions from Aug. 6 to 10 will be led by the T.
Harrison Garrett example of the Class III 1804 Draped Bust silver
dollar. It will be offered during the firm’s Aug. 8 Rarities Night
sale. It’s graded Proof 55 and is one of 15 1804 dollars known. A
different Class III 1804 dollar graded Proof 58, the Adams-Carter
example, brought $2.3 million at a 2009 auction.
Beyond these seven-figure headliner lots will be thousands of more
“normal” coins. Between the two firms with their aggressive marketing
campaigns, $100 million in auctions is possible. It will be an