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Heritage Long Beach Sale Realizes Nearly $17.5 Million

October 7, 2013

Heritage U.S. Coins Signature Auction in Long Beach, CA, September 25-29, 2013

Heritage U.S. Coins Signature
Auction in Long Beach, CA,
September 25-29, 2013

     The recent Long Beach Expo was characterized as “one of the best Long Beach Shows in a long time”. The attendance was better than any show in the last five years and many were there to see some remarkable exhibits; included were the S.S. Central America “Ship of Gold” and the ANA Road Show that featured the 1804 Dollar and the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel. On Saturday, there were several Los Angeles Dodgers signing autographs including Tommy Lasorda. With all the added events, many dealers said that retail was an improvement over previous shows.

     The dealer to dealer business was mostly active and the only drawback was the fluctuating metals market; but some buyers seemed to be taking advantage of these lower prices. Gold is currently up from recent lows at $1,322.20 and Silver is $22.35.

     The Heritage Signature Sale was another upbeat event. With hundreds of thousands of potential internet bidders, even when the auction room appears marginally occupied, there are millions of dollars in bids being executed. This sale contained the New York Collection of 1864 L Indian Cents. This is truly the rarest of the Proof Indian Cents series and with three coins available there was certain to be a frenzy. The PR66 Brown certified by PCGS with a CAC sticker brought $129,250; the PR64 Red PCGS sold for $123,375; and the PR65 Red NGC realized $141,000.

     With final numbers in, the total prices realized for this event was nearly $17.5 million. There were numerous other highlights, some of which are listed below. Please contact Heritage Galleries for complete prices realized.

1853 Half Dollar Arrows and Rays MS66+ PCGS CAC sold for $76,375

1853 Half Dollar Arrows and Rays MS66+ PCGS CAC sold for $76,375 at the Heritage U.S. Coins Signature Auction in Long Beach, CA - September 2013

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1793 Liberty Cap Large CentVG10 NGC$30,550
1926 S Buffalo NickelMS65 PCGS CAC$105,750
1802 Bust DimeMS62 PCGS$67,563
1831 Seated Quarter LLPR66 NGC$129,250
1901 S Barber QuarterMS65 NGC$58,750
1853 Seated Half A/RMS66+ PCGS CAC$76,375
1901 Morgan DollarMS64 PCGS$38,188
1879 $4 Flowing Hair StellaPR65 PCGS Cameo$193,875
1914 $5 Gold IndianPR66 PCGS CAC$64,625
1852 O $20 GoldMS61 NGC$38,188
1912 $20 Saint GaudensPR66+ PCGS CAC$164,500
1915 S Pan-Pac $50 RoundMS64 NGC$117,500

     In the most recent HD Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide there are advances throughout the charts from Bust Half Dollars through Morgan and Peace Dollars. Dealers and collectors are looking for very specific dates in most of these series. Morgan Dollars are very strong at current levels with better to rare dates on numerous want lists. The 1879 CC in MS64 jumped to $8,925 Market and the 1879 O improved to $3,050 in MS65. Also on the move is the 1889 CC in MS64 now at $72,500. This is a very tough coin to locate, let alone acquire at a reasonable level.

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