Central States Auctions Exceed $47M

Heritage Auctions' Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) event sold $47,783,690 in U.S. coins and money, up 42% from 2020 and the largest amount in five years. Dallas hosted the auctions April 22-25 after the convention was canceled, offering over 15,800 pieces.

“This was a season for numismatic history,” said Heritage Auctions co-founder James Halperin. It's no exaggeration to say that this year's auctions presented a once-in-a-lifetime selection for experienced collectors, possibly the last in a generation. Major collections including the Donald G. Partrick Collection and the Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part V, were included.

Three coins reached $1 million. One of four 1792 quarter dollars, Judd-13, Pollock-15, High R.7 AU-58 NGC, sold for $1,260,000. The New-York Historical Society auctioned the sculpture for the first time.

A silver 1776 Continental dollar, one of two known, Newman 1-C, Breen-1091, Hodder 1-A.3, W-8450, R.8, VF-35 NGC. CAC from the Partrick Collection sold for $1,140,000. A Simpson Collection 1866 $1 No Motto Seated dollar, PR-63+ PCGS. CAC. Judd-540, Pollock-605, R.8, the sole collector's copy, sold for $1,050,000.

The Simpson Collection also offers the 1794 No Stars Flowing Hair dollar in Copper, Judd-18, Pollock-27, Unique, VF-25 PCGS, the first copper dollar struck by the U.S. Mint and a prototype for silver dollars. It sold for $840,000, exceeding its $500,000 high estimate.

A rare 1793 Washington President Oval Peace Medal by Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Richardson, Baker 174 Unlisted, Belden 8-B, Prucha 31, Gilcrease 6.12, NGC-graded genuine, sold for $630,000 after 42 bids. It is one of the rare Washington etched peace medals outside of institutions and a standout in the Partrick collection.

A PR-63+ Cameo PCGS. CAC 1884 Trade dollar, a classic rarity in American coinage with only 10 examples in all grades, sold for $480,000, and a Cameo 1878 Liberty Head half eagle, struck in gold, Judd-1570, PR-65+ PCGS. CAC. Unique, Ex: Newlin-Green-Farouk, sold for $456,000.

A 1796 No Pole half cent, graded C-1, B-1, MS-63+ Brown NGC. CAC, sold for $432,000, and a 1796 With Pole half cent, graded C-2, B-2a, High R.4, MS-65 Red and Brown NGC. CAC, tied for the finest ever graded, sold for $384,000.

Several rare items were auctioned for the first time in the $5,591,888 U.S. money auction. The first documented Kansas City District 1928 $10,000 Note, PMG Very Fine 30, sold for $456,000, setting the auction record for the most valuable small note.

The new 1928 $10,000 Federal Reserve Note added to the census of 10 becomes number 11 and adds another district to the ledger. Fortunately for collectors, it is a well-circulated specimen with good color and honest wear.

The most expensive Heritage note ever sold was a $5,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note, PMG Choice Uncirculated 64, for $168,000. The Top 100 Greatest US Notes include these $5,000 and $10,000 notes. Another $5,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note, PMG Choice About Unc 58, from Dallas sold for $144,000, breaking prior records.

A rare 1255a Federal Reserve 10¢ Third Issue Hand Signed Green Back, PMG Extremely Fine 40, sold for $108,000. The 362-lot Tabacco Family Collection featured it as the top lot.

Second uncut sheet of four $1 1896 Educational Series notes sold for $108,000. A handwritten courtesy comment on the bottom margin says, "Issued July 23, 1896 Washington, DC 12:30 PM D(aniel) N. Morgan." Uncut sheets of large type notes are rare, and essential personality notes are especially desirable. Morgan was US Treasurer from June 1, 1893, to June 30, 1897.

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