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By John Salyer, Cataloger & Numismatist, U.S. Coins

Highlights Include a Remarkable Mint State 1796 No Stars Quarter Eagle

The annual ANA World’s Fair of Money Convention, being held this year in Philadelphia, provides one of the most exciting weeks of the year for numismatists. The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official 2012 Philadelphia ANA Auction is proving to be one of the most highly anticipated of such events in recent memory. One of this year's highlights will be the Werner Family Collection of 1796 Coinage. Of all the years of American coinage history, 1796 is one of the most important and the Werner Family Collection contains a selection of scarce and rare issues and is a truly memorable offering. One of the most important offerings from this venerable collection will be a 1796 No Stars Capped Bust Right Quarter Eagle, graded MS-61 by PCGS in an old green holder, and bearing a rare gold CAC sticker, which indicates that the coin exceeds CAC’s strict standards for the assigned grade!

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist and Cataloger, U.S. Coins

Collection of Nine Coins Realizes of $1.2 Million

Rarities Night, August 9, 2012, was just one part of our series of auction sales that took place at the annual ANA World’s Fair of Money Convention, held this year in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Among the many highlights of the evening was the offering of the Werner Family Collection of 1796 Coinage, a group of nine coins, each high grade and each spectacular in its own right. Denominations represented in the 1796-dated collection included a half cent, one each of Liberty Cap and Draped Bust large cents, a half dime, a dime, two Draped Bust silver dollars, and two quarter eagles, one without and one with stars as part of the obverse design.