Highlights abound in the catalog, from copper issues of 1793, to an array of Saint-Gaudens double eagles. Of special interest is The El Dorado Collection, Part II, with emphasis on Liberty double eagles of the San Francisco Mint. The collection – formed over the course of several decades by the McLoughlin family – includes a premium Gem Mint State 1906-S double eagle from the year of the Great San Francisco Earthquake. The coin was also part of the famous Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection. Also of note in The EL Dorado Collection is a beautiful MCMVII High Relief Saint-Gaudens double eagle purchased from the Mint in the year of issue.
Additional gold coin highlights in the June 2014 Baltimore Auction include a key date 1875 half eagle rarity, of which just 200 pieces were struck, as well as a key date 1909-O Indian half eagle in Mint State. The selections of eagles is likewise superb, offering a 1795 from the first year of the denomination, and a rare Proof 1865 Liberty eagle. Proof 1882 and 1907 Liberty double eagles are but two of the many highlights in that denomination.
The sale will also highlight selections from The Harold Bareford Collection, which Stack’s Bowers Galleries first showcased many years ago.
Among the rare exonumia offerings in this sale are a gold Washington funeral medal from dies engraved by Jacob Perkins and an 1862 Abraham Lincoln Indian peace medal of museum quality. On the esoteric side, The Raymond W. Dillard Collection of Elongated Coins, Part VII will certainly appeal to specialists. Highlights from the 2014 Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo include:
Lot 1002 – 1862 Abraham Lincoln Indian Peace Medal. Large Format. Silver. 76.0 mm. Julian IP-38. Choice Very Fine.
Lot 1006 – (1800) Washington Funeral Medal. Gold. Baker-169. About Uncirculated.
Lot 1113 – (1800) Washington Skull and Crossbones Funeral Medal. Silver. Baker-165A. Rarity-8. VF-35 (PCGS).
Lot 1268 – 1880 Shield Nickel. MS-66 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From the Just Having Fun Collection.
Lot 1377 – 1898 Barber Quarter. Proof-68 Deep Cameo (PCGS).
Lot 1438 – 1859-S Liberty Seated Half Dollar. MS-68 (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder.
Lot 1470 – 1919-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-64 (NGC). CAC.
Lot 2349 – 1878 Trade Dollar. Proof-67 Cameo (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder.
Lot 2437 – 1854 Kellogg & Co. $20. MS-60 (PCGS). From the El Dorado Collection, Part II.
Lot 2534 – 1875 Liberty Half Eagle. AU-53 (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 2547 – 1909-O Indian Half Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS). Secure Holder.
Lot 2554 – 1795 Capped Bust Right Eagle. BD-2, Taraszka-2. AU-58 (PCGS). OGH.
Lot 2570 – 1865 Liberty Eagle. Proof-62 (NGC).
Lot 2629 – 1861-S Liberty Double Eagle. A.C. Paquet Reverse. AU-58 (PCGS). Secure Holder. From The El Dorado Collection, Part II.
Lot 2671 – 1882 Liberty Double Eagle. Proof-65 Ultra Cameo (NGC).
Lot 2730 – 1906-S Liberty Double Eagle. MS-66 (PCGS). CAC. OGH. From The El Dorado Collection, Part II. Ex: Eliasberg.
All lot descriptions and images for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the June 2014 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo can be viewed online at StacksBowers.com. Interested bidders are also encouraged to visit lot viewing at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York office, June 17–21 (by appointment only); and the Baltimore Convention Center, June 24–28. For a complete auction schedule, please visit StacksBowers.com, or call 800.458.4646.
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Professional Numismatists Guild New York Invitational, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.