Bowers and Merena to Auction Zurich Collection

by CoinNews.net on October 3, 2010 · 0 comments

Bowers and Merena, the world’s preeminent auctioneer for rare coins and currency, will feature the important and extremely rare proof gold coins from the Zürich Collection in the Official auction of the November 2010 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo.

1878 Double Eagle

This rare 1878 Double Eagle is one of the rarest and most underrated issues in the entire proof Liberty Double Eagle series. It will be auctioned in the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo.

"We are extremely honored to include the Zürich Collection among the anchor consignments in our upcoming November Baltimore Auction," stated Bowers and Merena CEO Greg Roberts.

"Assembled by a collector who is a connoisseur of rare classic proof gold coinage, the Zürich Collection was assembled over a period of many years. Our consignor spent a lot of time and effort acquiring these coins, passing on many other pieces that did not meet his strict standards for technical quality and eye appeal. The result is a collection replete with stunning examples of both proof Liberty gold coinage and 20th century proof gold rarities, many coins of which are among the finest certified for their respective issues."

Continued Roberts: "The core of the Zürich Collection is a selection of proof Liberty Double Eagles dated 1878 through the series’ end in 1907. The stand-out highlight in this group is the 1878 Double Eagle certified Proof-64 Cameo by NGC. With a surviving population of only nine specimens from a tiny mintage of just 20 coins, the 1878 is one of the rarest and most underrated issues in the entire proof Liberty Double Eagle series. The issue is particularly underrated relative to the proof Type I and Type II Double Eagles of the late 1860s and 1870s, many issues of which are equally as rare as the 1878 yet priced much higher in today’s market. The proof 1878 in the Zürich Collection, therefore, represents a particularly important bidding opportunity for the astute collector."

Roberts concluded: "Additional Proof Liberty Double Eagle rarities in the Zürich Collection include two Gem-quality examples of the 1892 — a date that is also an important rarity in business strike format — one of the two finest-certified 1897 Twenties in NGC Proof-66 Ultra Cameo and several Cameo-finish specimens from the early 20th century including a 1902 and 1906, both of which are the finest certified for their respective issues.

The Zürich Collection is also well represented in other classic proof gold series, and we note the presence of an elusive 1876 Gold Dollar in PCGS Proof-64 Deep Cameo, the finest-certified proof 1884 Liberty Half Eagle in NGC Proof-66 Ultra Cameo, a sandblast proof 1913 Indian Half Eagle in NGC Proof-67 and a 1908 Motto Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle in NGC Proof-66 that was struck with the characteristic dark matte finish of the issue. Finally, the Zürich Collection also features a complete set of business strike Indian Quarter Eagles in MS-64, centered around the key-date 1911-D certified by NGC."

Highlights of the Zürich Collection include:

  • 1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle, MS-64 (NGC)
  • 1876 Gold Dollar, Proof-64 Deep Cameo (PCGS), PCGS Population: 2/1
  • 1884 Liberty Half Eagle, Proof-66 Ultra Cameo (NGC), Combined PCGS and NGC Population: 1/0
  • 1913 Indian Half Eagle, Proof-67 (NGC)
  • 1878 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof-64 Cameo (NGC), One of Just Nine Examples Confirmed Extant from a Mintage of 20 Coins
  • 1892 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof-66 Ultra Cameo (NGC), Combined PCGS and NGC Population: 6/0
  • 1892 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof-65 Cameo (NGC)
  • 1897 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof-66 Ultra Cameo (NGC), Combined PCGS and NGC Population: 2/0
  • 1902 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof-66 Cameo (NGC), Combined PCGS and NGC Population: 1/0
  • 1906 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof-66 Cameo (NGC), Combined PCGS and NGC Population: 2/0
  • 1907 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof-64 Cameo (NGC)
  • MCMVII (1907) Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, High Relief, Wire Rim, Proof-64 (NGC)
  • 1908 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, Motto, Proof-66 (NGC)

Bowers and Merena’s Official auction of the November 2010 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo is scheduled for November 4-6 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Onsite lot viewing will also take place at the same location November 2-6. Collectors who cannot attend the sale in person are encouraged to view the online catalog and place Internet bids through the Bowers and Merena website, www.bowersandmerena.com.

Bidding will open around October 15 and pre-auction bids are welcome at www.bowersandmerena.com; by e-mail at auction@bowersandmerena.com; by phone at 800.458.4646; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by postal mail addressed to Bowers and Merena, Baltimore November 2010, 18061 Fitch, Irvine, CA, 92614. A complete auction and lot viewing schedule is available at www.bowersandmerena.com or by calling 800.458.4646.

Bowers and Merena’s Official auction of the November 2010 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo is scheduled for November 4-6 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Onsite lot viewing will also take place at the same location November 2-6.

Collectors who cannot attend the sale in person are encouraged to view the online catalog and place Internet bids through the Bowers and Merena website, www.bowersandmerena.com. Bidding will open around October 15 and pre-auction bids are welcome:

  • at www.bowersandmerena.com;
  • by e-mail at auction@bowersandmerena.com;
  • by phone at 800.458.4646;
  • by fax at 949.253.4091; and
  • by postal mail addressed to Bowers and Merena, Baltimore November 2010, 18061 Fitch, Irvine, CA, 92614.

A complete auction and lot viewing schedule is available at www.bowersandmerena.com or by calling 800.458.4646.

About Bowers and Merena Auctions

Bowers and Merena AuctionsBowers and Merena Auctions was founded in 1983 and has grown to become one of the world’s preeminent numismatic auctioneers with more than half a billion dollars in rare coin and currency sales. They continue their service as Official Auctioneer of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expos three times every year.

Bowers and Merena has handled four of the five most valuable United States coin collections ever sold, including the Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. Collection, the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, the Garrett Collection for The Johns Hopkins University and the Norweb Collection.

In 2008, Bowers and Merena Auctions acquired Ponterio & Associates, Inc., which now serves as Bowers and Merena’s auction division for world and ancient coins and currency. Bowers and Merena Rare Coin Galleries offers direct buying and selling of exceptional quality gold and silver rare coins.

For more information about Bowers and Merena’s November 2010 Baltimore Auction, call 800.458.4646. For media inquiries, ask for Director of Operations Brian Kendrella. Complete prices realized for all past auctions are available at www.bowersandmerena.com.

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