Maryland auction fetches $4.3 million

The 1904 $20 realized $80,500, and the sale catalogers praised its polish, which they dubbed "strike rarity." Contrary to the majority of the 98 proof 1904 $20s that were sent out, this particular one features "satiny devices and mirror-finish fields." The Professional Coin Grading Service gave it a Proof-65 Cameo grade.

A total of $4.3 million was raised at the three-day B&M Baltimore auction. A 15% buyer's fee is included in all listed prices. The highest bid was $76,475 for a PCGS MS-65 rated 1911-D Indian quarter eagle. ?Catalogers raved about this piece, saying, "Do not miss it." The sharp impression it has from the dies and the nearly flawless definition it displays make it stand out.

For a 1915-S Pan-Pac octagonal fifty cent coin in PCGS MS-63, the third-highest realization was $69,000. The following is a banknote: a $10 "Bison?" from 1901. Friedberg 115, a legal tender note, sold for $63,250. Rare Currency Grading Service awarded it the Gem CU-66 PQ grade.

Graded PCGS Proof-66 Deep Cameo, this 1893 Liberty gold $5 proof was one of only 77 made; only 25 are thought to have survived. It sold for $51,750. The First National Bank of Prague, Territory of Oklahoma, issued a $10 red seal national bank note in 1902 and it was in excellent shape. Proceeds were $46,000.

An 1802/2 Capped Bust gold $5 weighed in at $41,975. It was given the PCGS MS-64 grade. Numismatic Guaranty Corp.'s MS-66 Full Head grading for a 1916 Standing Liberty quarter brought $41,400. Who wrote about it in sale catalogs?This work is completely untoned, dressed in an ice-white gloss, and free of distracting abrasions and imperfections. a look that many collectors seek in the current market. Also sold for $32,200 was a 1919 Standing Liberty quarter that was graded PCGS MS-68.

An 1891 $2 Treasury Note, Fr. 356 graded Superb Gem Uncirculated 68 EPQ by Paper Money Guaranty was the third bank note to reach a top price in B&M's sale. We paid $40,825 for it. A $20 gold coin with Roman numerals and a wire rim, struck in 1907 by High Relief Saint-Gaudens, was up for bid at $40,250. The PCGS MS-65 grading was applied.

The 1796 big cent, of the Sheldon 104 variant, was also up for bid at $40,250. The?B? of LIBERTY appeared more like an?H.? NGC classified it as AU-53 Brown. The highest bid was $38,525 for a PCGS Proof-65 1907 Liberty eagle.

An 1877 Indian Head cent in PCGS MS-65 Red sold for $29,900 and a 1914-D Lincoln cent in PCGS MS-65 Red for $24,150 were two of the smaller cents that were the highlights.

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