Over $5.6 Million Sold in Baltimore U.S. Coins

Santa Ana-  Before Memorial Day, Stack's Bowers Galleries held two days of exciting auction sessions at their May 2019 Official Auction of the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Summer Expo in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Collectors from over the country attended. With the Drummer, Fairmont, and Newmark Collections, the firm sold over $5.6 million in US coins and Numismatic Americana, kicking off an exciting summer of auctions. All prices include 20% buyer's premium.

Stack's Bowers Galleries Baltimore Auction had a huge assortment of Flying Eagle and Indian Head pennies. A Proof-65 RD (PCGS) 1865 cent sold for $13,200 (lot 29) and a Gem MS-66+ RD 1898 cent sold for $10,800 (lot 80) in Session 1. Small cents shined in Session 2, the Rarities Night sale after the Fairmont Collection of US Gold Coinage.

In lot 1005, a stunning Proof-66 (PCGS) 1856 Flying Eagle cent sold for $50,400, and in lot 1016, a Proof-65 BN CAC 1864 Indian Head cent with L on Ribbon sold for $45,600 Key dates and iconic rarities were in high demand throughout the day, as shown by lot 1059's $99,000 MS-66+ FH (PCGS) CAC 1916 Standing Liberty quarter.

Lot 1089's 1879 Flowing Hair Stella was the evening's highlight. NGC Proof-66 UCAM with just three nicer examples sold for $234,000.

A $90,000 MS-64 (PCGS) Octagonal $50 slug from the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition was among three remarkable examples exhibited in the session. The Fairmont Collection, featuring Liberty Head gold key-date issues, ended the session. A $21,600 AU-58 (PCGS) CAC 1854-S double eagle in lot 1177 was the highlight of this offering.

The most anticipated item of the sale was an authentic silver Washington Before Boston medal (lot 3031) in Session 4. PCGS validated this recently discovered piece Specimen-61, one of 11 known. It sold for $156,000 after heavy bidding. Lot 3060's 1905 Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural medal was also exciting. Tiffany's bronze Augustus Saint-Gaudens design sold for $31,200.

The event ended with a thrilling assortment of colonial and early American coins, including Larry L. Terrell's New Jersey coppers. An EF-45 (PCGS) 1786 Maris 15-T sold for $5,280 (lot 3201) and a Condition Census EF-40 selling for $8,400 (lot 3241) were Terrell Collection highlights. VF-30 (PCGS) Albany Church Pennies in lot 3255 and AU-53 (PCGS) Washington Funeral Urn medals with GW on the Base in lot 3268 sold for $21,600 and $26,400, respectively, the highest colonial prices.

The Stack's Bowers Galleries May 2019 Baltimore Auction sold nearly $5.6 million, demonstrating demand for rare and high-quality pieces. The firm is excited about the August ANA World's Fair of Money auction, which will feature the Taraszka and ESM Collections.

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