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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

Nearly $28 million in United States coins and paper money was sold in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2021 Auction, held March 24-26 at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Internet-only sessions March 29-April 1. The primary highlight of the auction was the D. Brent Pogue 1822 Capped Head Left half eagle that earned $8.4 million and is now the most valuable U.S. Mint gold coin ever sold. Accompanying this piece was the finest known 1797 Draped Bust half dollar  that also set a record as the most valuable U.S. Mint half dollar at nearly $1.7 million.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ first live United States currency auction event of 2021 was a tremendous success that saw nine lots cross the six-figure mark on Thursday night, March 25. In all 525 lots of U.S. realized a total of $4,062,654 during the live session of the auction. (All prices include the buyer’s fee.)

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​In the first coin session of their April 2021 Hong Kong auction, Stack's Bowers and Ponterio—the leader in Chinese, Japanese, and related numismatics from the Far East—eclipsed their highest total for any previous Hong Kong auction, realizing nearly $19.2 million for the 162 lots in The Pinnacle Collection. Fierce competition for the incredible offerings in this cabinet resulted in five lots crossing the $1 million mark, two of which brought more than $2 million. Combined with the outstanding results of additional live and internet auction sessions, the April 2021 Hong Kong auction becomes the firm's highest value sale of non-United States numismatic items, likely to surpass $35 million by its conclusion on April 11.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​Stack's Bowers and Ponterio, which is currently conducting another of their popular Hong Kong auctions, has sold the 'Joseph/Richter' specimen of the incredibly rare 1825 pattern ruble of Constantine for an astounding $2.64 million. This was the highest realization in the magnificent Pinnacle Collection, which featured many record breakers and market makers on its way to realizing a total of nearly $19.2 million. This monumental, once-in-a-generation crown is among just eight known, and one of only three with a plain edge. The last appearance of an 1825 pattern ruble of Constantine was in 2004, when this very specimen sold for $525,000, the highest amount for a non-U.S. coin at the time. Though it no longer holds this record, this storied ruble now stands as the highest valued non-U.S. coin auctioned by an American auction house and illustrates Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s continued leadership in the numismatic market across the globe.

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