The Cocoa Beach Collection Highlights Heritage FUN Currency Event

by Heritage Auctions on December 31, 2009 · 0 comments

Dallas, TX Heritage Auctions, the world’s leading numismatic auctioneer and the official auctioneer of the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Show, will present fractional currency from The Cocoa Beach Collection at the 2010 FUN Show.

Fr. 1383 Fractional Currency Shield
A very rare and very high grade pink shield, Fr. 1383 Fractional Currency Shield, With Pink Background. Click image to visit Heritage Auction page for additional information.

The Cocoa Beach Collection is part of the 4800+ lot Signature® Currency Auction being offered Jan. 7-11, 2010 at the Orange County Convention Center, 9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL. The Convention Center is also the site of the FUN show, as well as the location for lot viewing for the CAA auction and the other Heritage auctions at the event.

The Cocoa Beach Collection is an incredible assemblage of United States Fractional Currency containing some of the finest examples offered at auction in years, including many notes pedigreed to the Thomas O’Mara and Milton Friedberg collections. It is the largest and finest offering of fractional notes since the O’Mara Collection was auctioned by Heritage in 2005.

The highlights include:

The Cocoa Beach Collection also features three beautiful shields, including a very rare and very high grade pink shield, Fractional Currency Shield, With Pink Background. Fractional Currency Shields were an attempt by the Treasury Department to provide banks and other financial institutions with samples of actual notes as a means of counterfeit detection and prevention.

The shields were produced between June of 1866 and May 1869 and contained a type set of notes from the first three of the five issues of fractional currency. Notes were mounted on heavy cardboard within a shield design that features an eagle and thirteen stars at the top.

The Cocoa Beach Collection may be viewed in its entirety, along with more information about other Heritage auctions, a complete record of prices realized, and full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot at

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