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Welcome to the November 2020 Showcase Auction Sessions

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / Thursday, October 29, 2020 / Categories: Events

Welcome to our November 2020 Showcase Auction Sessions, which features several impressive cabinets that are being offered to collectors for the first time in decades. I am delighted to report that the coin collecting market remains vibrant and bidders are enthusiastic. With strong results in our auctions since the start of 2020, it is clear that numismatics continues to provide an enjoyable pursuit for so many collectors!

The Naples Bay Collection is a magnificent group of United States type coins that was assembled in the 1950s through the 1980s and has been held privately since. It showcases some of the most iconic rarities from the early U.S. Mint, as well as from the later Morgan dollar, Saint-Gaudens double eagle and Classic commemorative series. Highlights featured in this catalog include a Choice Proof 1796 Myddleton token in silver, a Choice EF 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar, a Choice AU 1889-CC Morgan dollar, a lustrous 1808 half eagle, and a Gem 1914-D Saint-Gaudens $20. Further items from the Naples Bay Collection will be offered in our December 2020 Showcase auction.

The Monterrey Collection was also built over the second half of the 20th century and is now coming to market for the first time in a generation. It features a complete set of Proof Morgan dollars that was previously housed in a Capital Plastics frame, as well as an array of iconic type coins and key-dates. Presented in the following pages are a bold AU 1916 Standing Liberty quarter, Gem Cameo Proof 1899 and 1890 Morgan dollars, an AU 1803/2 Capped Bust Right $5, and many others.

A virtually complete set of Morgan and Peace silver dollars from the Abigail Collection includes more than two dozen Proofs. Formed many decades ago and stored in individual paper envelopes, the Abigail Collection is entirely new to the market and has only just been evaluated by the modern grading services. Among its many highlights will be found a Choice VF 1893-S Morgan dollar, a Gem Proof 1901 dollar, and Gem examples of the 1921 and 1934-S Peace dollar.

The Collection of Steve Studer showcases New Orleans Mint rarities of the Liberty Seated type and gold coins from the Liberty Head series. An interesting group of pattern and territorial die trials is offered from the Samuel J. Berngard Collection. A selection of numismatic artwork and Mint medals is presented from the Collection of Leonard Augsburger, co-author of The Secret History of the First U.S. Mint. Included are several renditions of the iconic painting Ye Ole Mint; each of these will certainly be a showpiece in the office or library of a passionate numismatist.

Alongside these cabinets, our November 2020 Showcase auction presents additional diverse treasures including a silver teapot by Ephraim Brasher of doubloon fame, a 1783 Chalmers sixpence with provenance back to 1867, a sharp key-date 1901-S Barber quarter, a pair of Superb Gem 1972-D and 1976-D Eisenhower dollars and a sharp AU 1861-C Liberty Head $5. Be sure to peruse the entire catalog to view these highlights and many others. You never know when something you see in a catalog (or by viewing our auctions online at stacksbowers.com), will pique your interest and get you thinking about what your next specialty could be.

This catalog is one of several impressive catalogs for our November sale, accompanying specialized presentations of the Larry Ness Collection of Indian Peace Medals, the Larry. H. Miller Collection Part One, and the E. Pluribus Unum Collection Part 2. There is a catalog for our highly anticipated Rarities Night session, as well as one dedicated to United States paper money.

The entire Stack’s Bowers Galleries November auction, with sharp, high resolution, enlargeable images, is also featured on our website StacksBowers.com or our IOS and Android apps. While it is unfortunate that many of us won’t be able to travel to the auction and greet each other in person, bidding from your home computer or mobile device is simple. Even before the Covid 19 pandemic limited people’s ability to attend events like conventions and auctions, more and more of our clients were discovering how easy and convenient online participation in a Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction can be. In the days leading up to our November sale I will be viewing the items on my computer, and appreciating the great variety of coins, medals and tokens that will be crossing the block. As most people know, I enjoy a $500 sutler token as much as a Morgan dollar that sells for over $1 million – both have stories to tell and value that goes beyond the price realized. When the actual auction starts, I will be watching the auction online from my home here in New Hampshire and like so many others, will be tempted often by the “Bid” button.

Be sure to get registered ahead of time and keep checking on the items that most interest you. You can bid before the auction starts, or in real time using our audio and visual feed. However you choose to bid, don’t hesitate to contact our auction services department at 800-458-4646 if you need any technical assistance.

On behalf of everyone at Stack’s Bowers Galleries, I thank you for your interest and wish you the best of luck in your bidding!


Click here to download a free copy of this auction catalog to your computer or mobile device.