Stacks Bowers Vegas Auction Brings Nearly $14 Million for U.S. Coins

Stack's Bowers Galleries stated on Aug. 13 that the August 2020 Las Vegas Auction sold over $13.94 million in US coins and Numismatic Americana, resulting in $21,739,851 in total sales. The auction and PCGS Members Only Show were held Aug. 5-7 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, with Internet Only sessions on the Stack's Bowers Galleries website Aug. 10-12.

With Rarities Night presenting the ESM and Fairmont Collections, Session 2 began auctioning US coins on Thursday, Aug. 6. US Large Cent ESM Collection earnings exceeded $4.6 million. The legendary Parmelee 1793 NC-3 Strawberry Leaf cent sold for $660,000 in lot 1006. Computer-graded VG-10,

Rare Flowing Hair and Liberty Cap types saw high bids, with the Rarity-5 1794 S-48 Starred Reverse cent selling for $156,000 in lot 1010 and the Rarity-8 1795 NC-1 Jefferson Head cent selling for $408,000 in lot 1017, a new auction record. The Condition Census #1 MS-65 BN (PCGS) CAC 1813 S-292 cent led the Classic Head type at $96,000 in lot 1065, while the MS-67 BN (PCGS) 1830 N-6 cent led the late dates at $72,000 in lot 1093.

US gold collectors saw MS-61 (PCGS) Liberty and Indian half eagles from the Fairmont Collection, including the 1909-O (lot 1542) and 1929 (lot 1559), which sold for $19,200 and $22,800, respectively.

Territorial and Shipwreck gold included rare items like a PCGS-graded MS-64 CAC 1851 Humbert $50 that sold for $432,000 in lot 1320 and an MS-62 1849 Oregon “Beaver” $5 that sold for $336,000 in lot 1326. An MS-62 1797 Small Eagle $10 for $300,000 in lot 1272 and an MS-63 (PCGS) 1921 Saint-Gaudens $20 for $192,000 in lot 1304 were other Rarities Night gems.

Session 3 began Friday, Aug. 7. First, the D. Brent Pogue Numismatic Library displayed a lot of Numismatic Americana. With rare Spanish Colonial gold coins in Session C, these Pogue Collection items sold for approximately $592,000. D. Brent Pogue Collection prices currently reach $131,980,000, making it the most valuable numismatic collection ever auctioned. Another impressive Americana offering was the Sherwood Collection of Civil War Tokens, which included Condition Census quality and Rarity-9 items like a copper Fuld-328/328a brockage that sold for $1,680 in lot 2225.

After Numismatic Americana, U.S. coins ranged from colonial to modern commemoratives. Indian cents from the BSC Indians Set, including a PCGS-graded MS-65 RD 1868 that sold for $10,200 in lot 2326. The Henry Collection of Liberty Seated half dimes thrilled specialists with rare items like a $20,400 1867 PCGS-graded MS-67 CAC in lot 2574. A stunning assortment of cast U.S. Mint silver ingots sold for record prices at the close of the session, including the 1959 San Francisco Mint ingot in lot 3184 that sold for $28,800.

Internet Only Sessions 4 and 5 on the Stack's Bowers Galleries online on Aug. 10 and 11 featured more U.S. coins and Numismatic Americana. Session 4 featured counterstamped coins from the Steve Tompkins Collection of Exonumia, Part I, including the PCGS-graded MS-66 BN General U.S. Grant medal minted on an 1850 Braided Hair big cent that sold for $840 in lot 4314.

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