Welcome to our December 2020 Auction, a magnificent finale
to our 2020 Showcase Auction season. This past year has shown the continued
passion and enthusiasm of the numismatic community despite unprecedented
challenges. We are thrilled to present this auction amid incredible market
strength, as demonstrated by our many successful auctions in recent months. We anticipate
this upward momentum will persevere in the present sale, where we feature
several significant and exciting collections.
The Naples Bay Collection presents 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 United States Mint, as well as from the later Morgan dollar, Peace
dollar, and Saint-Gaudens double eagle series. Highlights in this catalog include
an MS-63 (PCGS) 1893-CC Morgan dollar, an MS-66+ (PCGS) 1923-D Saint-Gaudens double
eagle, and an incredible MS-67 (PCGS) 1928 Saint-Gaudens $20. Our initial
offering from this collection in our November sale attracted terrific
excitement from collectors, and we are proud to offer another exceptional group
as part of this December auction.
The Steve Studer Collection showcases New Orleans Mint
rarities with a focus on the Liberty Seated design and Liberty Head gold coins.
It was among the most highly anticipated specialized collections in our
November sale, and we are excited to expand on that selection in the following
pages. Notable offerings in this sale include an AU-55 (NGC) 1844-O Liberty
Seated half dollar, a magnificent MS-61 (PCGS) 1846-O Liberty Seated dollar,
and an AU-55 (PCGS) 1844-O Liberty Head $10.
The Collection of Richard Jewell reflects a keen focus on
the most coveted 19th century U.S. types. Superior quality is a
touchstone of this expertly curated cabinet, with many coins featuring approval
by CAC. Highlights include an AU-58 (PCGS) 1811/10 half dollar with a green CAC
sticker, a desirable MS-62 (PCGS) 1879-CC Morgan dollar, and a rare AU-50
(PCGS) 1879-CC Liberty Head $10.
In addition to these important cabinets, the December
sale features additional rarities, including a particular density of U.S. colonial
coinage, early copper coins, Liberty Seated coinage, and early gold issues. Highlights
include an AU-50 (PCGS) 1652 Noe-8 Large Planchet Pine Tree Shilling, an EF-40
(PCGS) 1799/8 Draped Bust cent, a magnificent Proof-64+ (PCGS) Judd-58 Restrike
1836 Gobrecht dollar with CAC approval, an historic MS-67 (PCGS) 1866 With
Motto Liberty Seated dollar, an MS-64+ (PCGS) 1810 $5 with CAC approval, and an
1801 $10 graded MS-62+ (PCGS).
Of course, the impressive catalog now in your hands (or
on your screen) is accompanied by the Stack’s Bowers Galleries catalog for the
Larry H. Miller Collection, Part Two. A truly world-class cabinet, Part Two of the
Larry H. Miller Collection showcases an incredible type set of U.S. coinage
featuring such incredible rarities as a Mint State 1794 silver dollar, the
Stickney-Eliasberg 1804 Class I silver dollar, the finest known 1797 0-102 half
dollar and a Choice Mint State 1808 quarter eagle. In addition, it includes a
full suite of Mormon gold coins that ranks among the finest known, and the Gem
Eliasberg 1894-S Barber dime.
The entire Stack’s Bowers Galleries December 2020
Showcase Auction is now available for viewing and bidding on our website
StacksBowers.com and on our IOS and Android apps. Even though travel may not be
in your plans at this time, bidding from your home computer or mobile device
with our award-winning software is simple. In addition, you may place bids by
fax, mail, or e-mail, and we also offer live phone bidding for select sessions.
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!
Q. David Bowers
Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries