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
1883-O Coronet gold $10 eagle, EF-45
At first glance this looks like a common and kind of dirty 1880s
Coronet half eagle. But the small “O” Mint mark found on the reverse
identifies it as a rare 1883-O coin that is one of the rarest products
of the New Orleans Mint.
The small mintage of just 800 coins saw heavy circulation and fewer
than 50 1883-O Coronet gold eagles are known today, most graded
Extremely Fine or lower.
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The offered example, graded Extremely Fine 45 by PCGS, sold for
$36,425 at Stacks Bowers Galleries’ Aug. 11 Rarities Night auction as
part of a set of Coronet gold eagles simply called “Dean’s Gold
Eagles” in the catalog. The collector spent more than a decade
assembling what would become the fifth all-time finest PCGS Registry
Set of the type.
The same coin had previously sold at Heritage’s 2010 January Florida
United Numismatists auction for $25,875.
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