Queller’s 1804 Dollar Leads Heritage’s CSNS Platinum Night Auction

by Heritage Auctions on March 28, 2008 · 0 comments

Dallas, TX. The catalog for the Official Auction of the Central States Numismatic Society convention, being held in Rosemont, Illinois on April 16-18, is now posted by Heritage Auction Galleries on their HA.com website. Both the Signature and Platinum Night catalogs have been posted, as well as a significant Currency Auction.

Several Queller Family Silver Dollars


“Heritage is presenting incredibly strong coin and currency auctions at Central States,” commented Heritage President Greg Rohan, “and the Queller Family Collection of Silver Dollars, 1794-1935 is the star. Only a very select few numismatists are ever lucky enough to actually own the singularly important 1804 dollar, and David Queller added to that his 1794 $1 (AU58 NGC); 1802 $1 (PR65 Cameo PCGS); 1870-S $1 (XF40 NGC); and 1853 $1 Restrike (PR65 NGC). Considering the quality, completeness, rarities, and pedigrees, it is no wonder that this has been called the greatest silver dollar collection ever assembled.”


“In addition to the Queller Collection,” continued Rohan, “We have tens of millions of dollars of numismatic rarities available from more than 400 consignors. This has the promise to be the largest Central States auction that Heritage has ever presented. I will mention the wide range of rarities included, from Colonial through Double Eagles. This is a catalog that literally contains something for every collector!”


Highlights from Heritage’s Rosemont Central States Signature Auction

Lot 2000: 1794 $1 AU58 NGC. B-1, BB-1, R.4.

In the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, Congress established a bimetallic coinage system based on the silver dollar and the gold eagle as the “unit” measurement. All 1,758 dollars dated 1794 coins were minted from a single pair of dies.

From The Queller Family Collection of Silver Dollars.

Lot 2088: 1802 “Novodel” Dollar, PR65 Cameo PCGS, B-8, BB-302

Ex: Newcomer-Carter-Queller Specimen

The 1802 proof novodel silver dollar is usually grouped with three other rarities: the 1801 proof novodel, the 1803 proof novodel, and the famous 1804 silver dollars.

From The Queller Family Collection of Silver Dollars.

Lot 2089: 1804 Silver Dollar, Class I “Original,” PR62 NGC

The ‘King of American Coins,’ and quite simply the most famous of all American numismatic rarities. Ex: Chief Coiner Adam Eckfeldt; unknown intermediaries; Henry C. Young, a teller at the Bank of Pennsylvania (c. 1850); Joseph J. Mickley (c. 1858); Joseph J. Mickley Collection (W. Elliot Woodward, 10/1867), lot 1676, $750; William A. Lilliendahl; Edward Cogan; William Sumner Appleton (c. 1868); Appleton estate; Massachusetts Historical Society (1905); Property of the Massachusetts Historical Society (Stack’s, 10/1970), lot 625, $77,500; Chicago collection; Reed Hawn, via Stack’s (1974); Reed Hawn Collection (Stack’s, 10/1993), lot 735, $475,000; David Queller; The Queller Family Collection of Silver Dollars.

Lot 2129: 1870-S $1 XF40 NGC

The rarity and importance of the 1870-S Seated dollar is rooted in the building of the San Francisco Mint and the laying of its cornerstone on May 25, 1870.

Ex: Matthew Stickney, sold privately. Likely Colonel E.H.R. Green; James Kelley; Jack V. Roe; James Kelley; Clint Hestor or Charles M. Williams; Menjou Sale (Numismatic Gallery, 1950) lot 2181; Abe Kosoff FPL 1955; Fairbanks Collection of Ben Koenig (Stack’s, 10/1960), lot 617; Samuel Wolfson Collection (Stack’s, 5/1963), lot 1431; R.L. Miles, Jr. Sale (4/1969), lot 1612, where it brought $19,000; Autumn Sale (Stack’s, 9/1978), lot 345, where it realized $39,000; The Queller Family Collection of Silver Dollars.

Lot 2150: 1853 $1 Restrike PR65 NGC

Gem Proof 1853 Seated Dollar; Among Rarest Proof Dates in the Series

A magnificent specimen of this rare proof date, among the rarest in the series.

Ex: A.J. Ostheimer Collection, (Lester Merkin, 9/1968), lot 350; ANA Auction (Kagin’s, 8/1977), lot 1794, $5,600; Robison Collection, Part II (Stack’s, 2/1982), lot 1908, which realized $8,000; Auction ’82 (Paramount, 8/1982), lot 1747, which realized $6,500; Auction ’84 (Paramount, 7/1984), lot 739, which realized $7,975; The Queller Family Collection of Silver Dollars.

Lot 2217: (1659) Lord Baltimore Shilling AU58 NGC. Breen-64, Large Head, R.6.

This is the finer of only two NGC-certified examples, partly lustrous, delicately toned in caramel-gold and powder-blue.

Lot 2255: 1792 Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, AU55 PCGS.

The Mint Act of April 2, 1792, established a Mint at Philadelphia (the nation’s capital at the time), mandated a decimal coinage system, set the silver:gold ratio at 15:1, and prescribed a silver fineness standard for coinage in the awkward ratio of 1485/1664, or 0.8924+. This is a problem-free example of our nation’s first circulating coinage.

Lot 2274: 1804 Quarter, MS65 NGC. B-1, R.4.

This rarity is ex: Colonel Edward Howland Robinson Green, better known as Col. E.H.R. Green — the son of Henrietta Howland Robinson Green, née Henrietta Howland Robinson (1834-1916), a.k.a. Hetty Green or the “Witch of Wall Street.”

Ex: Col. E.H.R. Green; Stack’s (1945); Jerome Kern Collection (B. Max Mehl, 1950), lot 1385; Eugene Gardner Collection (Stack’s, 2/1965), lot 1620; H. Philip Speir estate (Stack’s, 3/1974), lot 2; 1975 ANA Sale (Superior, 8/1975), lot 352.

Lot 2306: 1796 15 Stars Half Dollar, AU58 PCGS, O-101, R.5.

Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollars, bearing the date 1796 or 1797, are rare in any level of preservation. Ex: The Douglas L. Noblet Collection (Bowers and Merena Rarities Sale, 1/1999), lot 4; The Richard Genaitis Collection (Heritage 2001 Atlanta ANA, 8/2001), lot 6090.

Lot 2313: 1861-O Seated Half Dollar SP64 NGC.

The 1861-O mintage quantity includes 330,000 struck under the U.S. government, 1,240,000 under the State of Louisiana after it seceded from the Union, and 962,633 after Louisiana joined the Confederate States of America. Ex: James A. Stack Collection (Stack’s, 3/1975), lot 494.

Lot 2322: 1892-O Half Dollar SP66 Star NGC.

Although this coin was previously unknown and unrecorded, it “carries its own credentials,” and is likely a unique product from the New Orleans Mint.

Lot 2344: 1838 Gobrecht Dollar, Name Omitted, Judd-84 Restrike, Pollock-93, R.5, PR65 NGC. 413.2 grains. Silver. Die Alignment IV.

In this unusual die alignment, the center of Liberty’s head is opposite the right side of the F in OF. Ex: Norweb III (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3776, where it was photographed in Die Alignment I or II orientation.

Lot 2366: 1893-S Morgan $, MS67 NGC.

This superlative low-mintage dollar came out of the collections of Norweb and Jack Lee II, two pedigrees that equate to quality, and this is the only MS67 certified by NGC. Ex: Norweb III (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3887, where it brought $357,500, a record for any Morgan dollar at that time; David Carter and George Bodway; PCGS Tour Coin, 1990 and 1991; Jack Lee II.

Lot 2405: 1798 Close Date, 4 Berries $2.50, BD-1, MS64 NGC. Breen-6116, BD-1, High R.5.

During the entire twelve-year period (from 1796 through 1807), less than 20,000 Draped and Capped Bust design quarter eagles were minted; all are rare. Ex: Bowers and Merena (9/1984), lot 2432; David W. Akers (Auction ’89, 7/1989), lot 1358; Chalkley Collection (Superior, 1/1990), lot 4337; Superior (Auction ’90, 8/1990), lot 1249; Superior (Chicago Sale, 8/1991), lot 665; Superior (5/1993), lot 1377.

Lot 2421: 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, PR65 NGC, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833.

America’s $4 coin remains incredibly popular among numismatists; ownership marks a world-class collection.

Lot 2422: 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, PR64 Cameo PCGS, Judd-1635, R.3.

America’s $4 denomination is historically rooted in the desire for an international coin of exchange, with the movement led by the Honorable John Adam Kasson (1822-1910), a U.S. politician.

Lot 2426: 1795 $5, MS63 Prooflike NGC. B-6416, BD-8, High R.5.

Sometimes called a Small Date variety, due to the spacing of the date, this example, formerly in the Bass Collection, is probably the finest known. Ex: Bartle Collection (Stack’s, 10/1984), lot 1110; Harry W. Bass, Jr. (Bowers and Merena, 10/1999), lot 715.

Lot 2427: 1795 $5 Small Eagle MS64 NGC. Breen 1-C, Breen-6412, Bass-3034, BD-2, R.6.

The 1795 half eagles were the first gold coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint, from dies prepared by Robert Scot, and this is the finest certified of the variety.

Lot 2435: 1820 $5, Curl 2, Large Letters, MS65 PCGS. Breen-6477, BD-7, High R.7.

This remarkable coin is tied for the finest known business strike of the BD-7 variety.

Distinguishing between the nine varieties of the 1820 half eagles can be extremely confusing, especially considering the three major types: Square Base 2, Large Letters; Curved (or Curl) Base 2, Large Letters; and Curved Base 2, Small Letters. Ex: Bowers and Merena, June 1986, Lot 344.

Lot 2436: 1827 $5, MS64 NGC. Breen-6486, BD-1, High R.5.

During the 1820s, the face value of gold coins was less than the value of gold they contained, meaning that few were struck, and most were melted soon after. Only one coin has been certified finer.

Lot 2455: 1899 $5 PR68 Ultra Cameo NGC.

This beautiful coin is tangible evidence that the U.S. Mint, at the end of the 19th century, could produce proof coinage of quality comparable to that of modern issues – and then this coin had the good luck to survive in nearly perfect condition for over 100 years!

Lot 2462: 1915-S $5, MS65 NGC.

This stunning gem half eagle is the finest graded, and may well be the finest known.

Lot 2500: 1871-CC $20, MS64 NGC.

This is the finest known 1871-CC Liberty double eagle, and has been described by David Akers as the finest known specimen, and “truly a one-of-a-kind item.”

Lot 2506: 1868 $20, PR66 Cameo NGC.

This is the finest certified Cameo Proof 1868 Type Two Twenty, and is a coin of the utmost rarity and importance, whether to type collectors, date collectors, or to connoisseurs of proof gold.

Lot 2519: 1921 $20, MS62 PCGS.

A Saint-Gaudens double eagle series specialist understands the absolute and conditional rarity of this elusive issue.

Lot 2526: 1932 $20, MS66 PCGS.

This rarity, ex: Morse Collection, is among the finest certified at either service.

Ex: Phillip H. Morse Collection (Heritage, 11/2005), lot 6714.


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