Unique Items Break Records at Stack's Bowers Auction

In Stack's Bowers Galleries' Aug. 16 Rarities Night, US rarities sold for record prices. Gold coins sold well throughout the session, which grossed over $11 million, live from Griffin Studios in Costa Mesa, Calif. Online and phone bidders competed for the 229 high-end American rarities. (All prices include 20% buyer's fee.)

Lot 5157, the newly discovered and best-known 1870-CC $10, graded PCGS AU-58 and approved by CAC, broke the issue record. This famous piece sold for $1,080,000 after vigorous phone bidding.

Other gold pieces sold well, including lot 5113, an 1879 Flowing Hair $4 Stella rated PF-67* Cameo by NGC and tied for best. This consistently popular issue sold for $312,000, demonstrating its appeal.

Lot 5125, an 1815 that is the second finest of just a half-dozen privately held copies, sold for $720,000 in a trove of excellent early “old tenor” half eagles. This MS-64 PCGS sample, once part of the Garrett Collection, set a grade record and sold for the second-highest price for this exceptional rarity.

Lot 5126, an 1819 $5 BD-1 variant graded PCGS MS-64 CAC, sold for a record $384,000, surpassing even higher-graded examples.

Another early “old tenor” half eagle, an 1830 Large D, PCGS MS-66 CAC, followed in lot 5127. It sold for $420,000, exceeding the $305,500 record set by the MS-66 example in the May 2016 Pogue Part IV sale.

However, not just gold coins were expensive. Two recently certified proof Capped Bust coins sparked strong bidding. Lot 5027, a PCGS PF-64 1821 B-5 quarter, sold for $252,000. The single proof 1828 half dollar from any die marriage, PCGS PF-58 Lot 5034, sold for $192,000

At $120,000, PCGS-graded and CAC-approved F-15 1792 half disme lot 5023 broke price records for this popular collector grade. Lot 5016, a PCGS MS-63+ RD 1969-S doubled die cent recognized by CAC, sold for $72,000.

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