Auctions in Baltimore Rais $7 Million

In the 1879 Flowing Hair $4 gold Stella auction, a bid of $149,500 was received, whereas an 1856-O gold $20 was purchased in an auction by Bowers and Merena? March 22–23, Baltimore sale.

Earning a total of $7,231,480, B&M?s sale of coins and paper money served as the official auction of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention. There were numerous specific categories of numismatic items that demonstrated more robust than ever before prices? stated B&M president Steve Deeds.

According to the catalogers at B&M, there are only about fifteen to twenty copies of the 1856-O Liberty Head $20 known in any grade, and the Professional Coin Grading Service gave it a grade of AU-53.

According to Numismatic Guaranty Corp., the Stella, Judd 1635, Pollock 1832 was graded Proof-62. The $4 gold pieces were struck with two distinct obverse designs—the Flowing Hair and the Coiled Hair—and are among the most famous pattern issues in U.S. coinage. Charles Barber did the flowing hair on the front, and George T. Morgan did the coiling hair. Neither of them was, of course, circulated

A PCGS MS-65 1894 Morgan dollar and an NGC MS-60 1893-S Morgan dollar both fetched $53,475 and $82,800, respectively. Among the items sold were a proof 1880 Trade dollar (NGC Proof-68 Cameo) and an 1839 Gobrecht dollar (Judd 104, Pollock 116) in NGC Proof-64, the latter of which brought $44,850.

A 1797 Draped Bust half dollar (NGC EF-45) and a 1796 Draped Bust half (NGC VF-25) sold for $95,450 and $51,175 and $56,350, respectively, among minor U.S. silver coinage.

Additionally, a small eagle 1796/5 Capped Bust gold $5 coin with PCGS AU-55 graded $88,550 in gold, and an 1801 Capped Bust $10 coin with NGC MS-64 graded $82,800 in gold. For $80,500, you can have an NGC Proof-66 High Relief 1907 Saint-Gaudens $20 with a wire rim.

The top paper money lots in the B&M auction were large-size type notes. The most expensive was a 1901 $10 Legal Tender Note certified Superb Gem Uncirculated-67 by PCGS Currency, which brought $27,025, followed by an 1878 $2 Legal Tender Note graded Very Fine-30 by Paper Money Guaranty, which brought $33,350.

Rare Currency Grading Service rated an 1886 $10 silver certificate as Gem Crisp Uncirculated-66 PQ, and it sold for $40,825. A four-note sheet of $5 1902 Plain Backs from the American National Bank of Jamestown, N.Y., with charter number 9748 and graded outstanding gem crisp uncirculated by catalogers, for $13,800 among National Bank Notes.

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