Nearly $60 million in rare coins and currency traded hands at
auctions during this year’s American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of
Money in Anaheim, Calif.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries totaled more than $21 million in its
official ANA auctions while Heritage saw more than $38 million in its sales.
Stack’s Bowers Executive Vice President Christine Karstedt said
after the sale, “Collectors demonstrated an enthusiasm for originality
and true rarity across all series, indicating demand for premium
quality coins at every level from common date Morgan dollars to
Here is one of three sold gold coins we're profiling in this week's
1797 Capped Bust, Small Eagle gold $10 eagle,
PCGS Mint State 61
A colleague’s favorite coin in the ANA auctions was this 1797 Capped
Bust, Small Eagle gold $10 eagle graded Mint State 61 by Professional
Coin Grading Service. It combines a Small Eagle reverse die used for
1796 issues with a new 1797 obverse die that features a rather
unbalanced star arrangement on the obverse, where the final star
overlaps slightly with the 1 in the date.
After 1797, 13-Star obverse dies were standard to signify the
original 13 colonies (and to avoid the work involved in adding a new
star for each new state).
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PCGS has graded
just two examples of this rare 18th century gold issue in MS-61, the
other being the Pogue example, which realized $440,625 in September
2015. The example offered at Heritage’s August 10 ANA Platinum Night
auction sold for $258,500.