Stack’s Bowers Galleries offered several major collections as
official auctioneer of the June Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo in
Baltimore. Part II of the Blue Moon Collection, featuring a broad
range of collector-friendly coins that had been off the market for a
generation, joined the collection of Robert Warner Wolfe and a group
of Hard Times tokens from the collection of company co-founder Q.
David Bowers. The June 22 to 25 Whitman Expo is the smallest of the
three Whitman shows held at the Baltimore Convention Center, as many
collectors and dealers wait for the big American Numismatic
Association World’s Fair of Money (this year in Denver) to make big purchases.
Here's one of three coins that we are highlighting from the Stack’s
Bowers Galleries offering:
1861 Indian Head gold $3 piece, MS-65
Most of the roughly 650 coins from the collection of Texas
businessman D. Brent Pogue, offered in five auctions by Stack’s Bowers
and Sotheby’s starting in May 2015, that were sold to collectors and
have not returned to the marketplace. The Pogue sales topped $106.6 million.
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The third Pogue auction on Feb. 9, 2016, included an exceptional
collection of Indian Head gold $3 pieces that realized more than $2.6
million. Among these was an 1861 gold $3 coin graded Mint State 65 by
Professional Coin Grading Service that sold for $28,200.
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It is from a low mintage of just 5,959 pieces, of which it is
certainly one of the very finest known. In Baltimore it sold for a bit
less than its Pogue III price, trading hands at $25,850 on June 23.
The catalog observed, “An abundance of luster is present along with
traces of warm olive iridescence,” and “some tiny ticks on Liberty’s
chin and neck, and some others in her tresses.” For bidders who missed
a chance to add a Pogue coin to their collection, the June Baltimore
auction presented a rare opportunity.