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ANA Brings Out the Rarities

August 19, 2019

     The considerable price drops over the last several years for rare coins has not gone unnoticed by dealers and collectors. At the just completed ANA event in Rosemont, many of those dealers and collectors were on hand looking to take advantage of discounted prices. The two official ANA auctions provided bidders with a wide selection of rarities, however those looking to purchase one of these rare coins at a discount of the listed FMV may have found some strong competition, especially for the top selections.

     The absolute highlight of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries portion of the ANA auctions was the 1894 S Barber Dime in PCGS PR63 CAC, the only coin certified by PCGS in this grade, and it brought $1,320,000. There are 6 certified higher although some of those could be resubmissions. This coin would certainly be the centerpiece of any collection and is typically mentioned in the same breath as the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel and the 1804 Dollar.

1894 S Barber Dime PCGS PR63 CAC

1894 S Barber Dime PCGS PR63 CAC sold for $1,320,000 at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction in Rosemont, Illinois, August 13-16, 2019

     The Anthony J. Taraszka collection of 1795 to 1804 $10 Gold Eagles in the Stack’s Bowers Sale contained many rarities not seen in years. The 1795 $10 Gold Capped Bust with 9 Leaves in PCGS MS63 realized $630,000; seems like a bargain compared to the Pogue coin with the same grade that sold for over 1 million dollars in 2015. However that coin also had the + designation and is considered the finest known to date. Below are some of the many other rarities that sold in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction at the ANA.

1795 $10 Gold Capped Bust 9 Leaves

1795 $10 Gold Capped Bust 9 Leaves sold for $630,000 at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction in Rosemont, Illinois, August 13-16, 2019

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1864 Indian Cent L on RibbonPCGS PR65 RD CAM$84,000
1883/2 Shield NickelPCGS MS66+ CAC$60,000
1876 CC Twenty CentPCGS MS65$456,000
1889 CC Morgan DollarNGC MS65$180,000
1921 Peace Dollar High ReliefNGC PR64 CAC$69,000
1876 $3 GoldNGC PR67 UCAM$156,000
1879 $4 Gold Stella Flowing HairPCGS PR64 CAC$168,000
1795 $10 Gold Capped Bust 13 LeavesPCGS MS62$144,000
1798/7 $10 Gold Capped BustPCGS AU58$384,000
1922 S $20 Gold St. GaudensPCGS MS66+ CAC$192,000
1930 S $20 Gold St. GaudensPCGS MS66+ CAC$372,000

     The Heritage Auctions ANA Sale contained numerous high value rarities that included an 1837 $2 ½ Gold in PCGS PR66+ with the CAC sticker. There are only 4 coins known to exist with this one being the highest graded. This superb example has a pedigree of Parmelee-Eliasberg-Bass and brought $576,000.

1837 $2½ Gold PCGS PR66+ CAC

1837 $2½ Gold PCGS PR66+ CAC sold for $576,000 at the Heritage Auctions ANA World’s Fair of Money U.S. Coins Signature Sale in Rosemont, Illinois, August 14-18, 2019

     With a mintage of just 10 coins, the 1884 Trade Dollar always attracts bidders when at auction. The Heritage offering of the 1884 Trade Dollar in PCGS PR63 sold for $336,000. This may seem like a bargain since it last sold for $423,000 just two years ago.

1884 Trade Dollar PCGS PR63

1884 Trade Dollar PCGS PR63 sold for $336,000 at the Heritage Auctions ANA World’s Fair of Money U.S. Coins Signature Sale in Rosemont, Illinois, August 14-18, 2019

     Proof Gold attracts buyers because of its rarity and superb mirror surfaces. The just sold 1843 $10 Gold in PCGS PR64 Deep Cameo CAC brought an astounding $480,000. There are only 6 coins known to exist with 3 in Museums and the other 2 unaccounted for; this may be the only coin available to collectors. This coin came from the Pittman Collection. Below are some of the other highlights in the Heritage Auctions ANA Sale.

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1877 Indian CentPCGS MS66 RD CAC$114,000
1943 Lincoln Cent Bronze PlanchetPCGS AU58 CAC$252,000
1916 Buffalo Nickel Doubled DieNGC MS63 CAC$105,000
1891 O Seated QuarterPCGS MS67+ CAC$126,000
1817/4 Bust Half DollarPCGS VF20$186,000
1870 S Seated DollarNGC XF40$324,000
1843 $2 ½ GoldNGC PR66 UCAM$240,000
1879 $4 Gold Stella Coiled HairNGC PR63$336,000
1907 $10 Gold Indian Wire RimNGC MS68$432,000
1854 O $20 GoldNGC AU53$336,000
1856 O $20 GoldNGC AU50$408,000
1870 CC $20 GoldPCGS XF45$276,000
1915 S $50 Gold Pan-Pac RoundNGC MS65 CAC$150,000
1915 S $50 Gold Pan-Pac OctagonalPCGS MS65 CAC$156,000







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