Stack’s Bowers Galleries realized an impressive $13,892,475 over eight U.S. and world sessions conducted March 29-April 2, 2011, continuing its lengthy tenure as the only official auctioneer of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo.
The entire auction saw 7,690 lots cross the block, including nearly 4,250 lots of U.S. coins and exonumia and an additional 850+ lots of U.S. currency.
"Our March 2011 Baltimore Auction resulted in keen bidder interest and strong prices realized for a wide variety of U.S. coin and currency lots," noted Chris Napolitano, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
"We registered more bidders for this sale than ever before, our lot viewing sessions were completely full from start to finish, and competition between bidders was exceptionally sharp in all sessions.
For U.S. coinage, many premium quality ‘old holder’ coins brought well over bid, especially those pieces in the fabulous Denny Kemp and Dr. Albert R. Frederick, Jr. collections. Nineteenth century currency gold rarities also made a strong showing, as did a pair of beautiful Panama-Pacific $50 gold commemoratives acquired at the Exposition in 1915 and passed down through the same family before being offered in this sale."
And, according to Matt Quinn, director of currency auctions for Stack’s Bowers Galleries, "Currency prices realized in our March 2011 Baltimore Auction were led by a run of large size Legal Tender Notes from the 1860s, with obsolete notes and national bank notes also garnering much attention."
U.S. coin and medal highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2011 Baltimore Auction include:
|Lot 7, “1781” (1782) Libertas Americana Medal, Betts-615, Silver, AU-55 (PCGS)||$80,500|
|Lot 257, 1831 Classic Half Cent, First Restrike, Proof-66 BN (PCGS)||$28,175|
|Lot 263, 1793 Wreath Cent, Vine and Bars Edge, MS-64 BN (PCGS), (the Coin Dealer Newsletter bid in MS-64 BN = $110,000)||$143,750|
|Lot 1547, 1878 Twenty-Cent Piece, Proof-65 (NGC), CAC, OH, (the Coin Dealer Newsletter bid in Proof-65 = $9,500), from the Dr. Albert R. Frederick, Jr. Collection||$24,725|
|Lot 1731, 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter, MS-64 (PCGS), CAC, OGH, (the Coin Dealer Newsletter bid in MS-64 = $17,000), from the Dr. Albert R. Frederick, Jr. Collection||$34,500|
|Lot 1931, 1831 Capped Bust Half Dollar, MS-67 (PCGS), Ex: Eliasberg||$51,750|
|Lot 2061, 1912 Barber Half Dollar, Proof-67 (PCGS), OGH, CAC, from the Dr. Albert R. Frederick, Jr. Collection||$25,875|
|Lot 3181, 1797 Draped Bust Silver Dollar, Stars 10×6, AU-58 (PCGS)||$43,125|
|Lot 3197, 1799 Draped Bust Silver Dollar, MS-62 (PCGS), CAC||$46,000|
|Lot 3234, 1839 Gobrecht Silver Dollar, Name Omitted, Judd-104 Restrike, Proof-65 (NGC)||$92,000|
|Lot 3662, 1892-CC Morgan Silver Dollar, MS-66 (NGC), CAC, OH, (the Coin Dealer newsletter bid in MS-66 = $21,000), from the Denny Kemp Collection||$37,088|
|Lot 3679, 1892-S Morgan Silver Dollar, MS-60 (PCGS), OGH, (the Coin Dealer newsletter bid in MS-60 = $26,000)||$43,125|
|Lot 3728, 1896 Morgan Silver Dollar, Proof-67 (NGC), CAC, OH, from the Dr. Albert R. Frederick, Jr. Collection||$34,500|
|Lot 3940, 1885-CC GSA Morgan Silver Dollar, MS-67 (NGC)||$34,500|
|Lot 3972, 1883 Trade Dollar, Proof-66 (PCGS), CAC, OGH, from the Denny Kemp Collection||$31,625|
|Lot 6060, 1880 Pattern Four-Dollar Stella, Coiled Hair, Judd-1661, Proof-64 RB (PCGS), CAC||$71,875|
|Lot 6112, 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50, Round, MS-63 (PCGS)||$79,925|
|Lot 6113, 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50, Octagonal, MS-64 (PCGS)||$87,643|
|Lot 6269, 1859 Liberty Quarter Eagle, Type II Reverse, MS-67 (NGC)||$46,000|
|Lot 6283, 1864 Liberty Quarter Eagle, AU-55 (PCGS), CAC||$46,000|
|Lot 6462, 1864 Three-Dollar Gold Piece, Proof-64 Cameo (NGC), CAC||$54,625|
|Lot 6484, 1885 Three-Dollar Gold Piece, Proof-67 Cameo (NGC), CAC||$74,750|
|Lot 6651, 1909-S Indian Half Eagle, MS-65 (PCGS), CAC, OGH (the Coin Dealer Newsletter bid in MS-65 = $36,000)||$46,000|
|Lot 6695, 1803 Capped Bust Right Eagle, MS-63 (PCGS), CAC, OGH, (the Coin Dealer newsletter bid in MS-63 = $65,000), From the Dr. Albert R. Frederick, Jr. Collection||$126,500|
|Lot 6717, 1866 Liberty Eagle, MS-60 (NGC) (the Coin Dealer newsletter bid in MS-60 = $20,000)||$39,100|
|Lot 6741, 1883-O Liberty Eagle, AU-53 (NGC), from the David Solomon Collection||$67,333|
|Lot 6910, 1878 Liberty Double Eagle, MS-63 (PCGS), CAC, OGH, (the Coin Dealer newsletter bid in MS-63 = $12,000), From the Dr. Albert R. Frederick, Jr. Collection||$21,850|
U.S. currency highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2011 Baltimore Auction include:
|Lot 5014, Confederate Currency, T-24, 1861, $10, Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ (PMG)||$5,175|
|Lot 5025, Obsolete Note, St. Francisco, California, Miners Bank of Savings, ND (18xx), $1, Very Good, Remainder||$7,475|
|Lot 5082, Obsolete Note, Lawrence, Kansas, Bank of Wm. H.R. Lykins, ND (186x), $3, About New 50 (PCGS), Remainder||$2,588|
|Lot 5166, Obsolete Note, Lockport, New York, Niagara County Bank, 1.7.1856, $2, Choice Uncirculated, Proof||$16,100|
|Lot 5167, Obsolete Note, Lockport, New York, Niagara County Bank, 1.7.1856, $3, Choice Uncirculated, Proof||$18,400|
|Lot 5339, Fr. 41b, 1862 $2 Legal Tender Note, Very Good 8 (PCGS)||$86,250|
|Lot 5340, Fr. 42, 1869 $2 Legal Tender Note, Gem New 65 PPQ (PCGS)||$14,375|
|Lot 5387, Fr. 126b, 1863 $20 Legal Tender Note, Gem New 65 PPQ (PCGS)||$25,875|
|Lot 5390, Fr. 161, 1880 $50 Legal Tender Note, Gem New 65 PPQ (PCGS)||$20,700|
|Lot 5478, Fr. 372, 1890 $20 Treasury Note, Extremely Fine 40 (PMG)||$33,350|
|Lot 5554, Fr. 1200, 1922 $50 Gold Certificate, Gem New 99 PPQ (PCGS)||$27,600|
|Lot 5737, Fr. 2231-B, 1934 $10,000 Federal Reserve Note, Uncirculated 62 (PMG)||$70,150|
|Lot 5803, Fr. 868, 1914 $5 Federal Reserve Note – Double Denomination Error – Very Fine30 PPQ (PCGS)||$20,700|
|Lot 5808, National Bank Note, Los Angeles, California, $5 1902 RS, Fr. 587, The American NB, Charter #6545, Extremely Fine 40 (PMG)||$11,500|
|Lot 5815, National Bank Note, Frankford, Delaware, $20 1902 PB, Fr. 652, The First NB, Charter #8918, Very Fine 25 (PMG)||$20,700|
Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, world and ancients auction division of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, realized $2,304,456 as part of the Official Auction of the March 2011 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, conducted March 29-April 2.
"Our March 2011 Baltimore Auction was a tremendously successful event for foreign coin and banknote consignors," observed Rick Ponterio, executive vice president.
"The first session of our foreign offerings highlighted Mexican coins, with prices realized for many pieces exceeding our expectations after a strong showing from bidders in both Mexico and the United States.
We also noted a lot of bidding activity on Panamanian paper money, which resulted in especially strong prices for those lots."
Foreign coin and banknote highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio March 2011 Baltimore Auction include:
|Lot 8002, Mexico, 8 Escudos, 1714-J, Fr-6, KM-57.2, Extremely Fine, realized $6,490|
|Lot 8065, Mexico, War of Independence, Veracruz, Zongolica, 8 Reales, (1812), KM-255, VF-35 (NGC), realized $32,450|
|Lot 8076, Mexico, Mexico City, 1/8 Real, 1829, KM-332, Almost Uncirculated, realized $11,800|
|Lot 8325, Mexico, Culiacan, 4 Reales, 1857-CCE, KM-375.1, Almost Uncirculated, realized $14,160|
|Lot 8342, Mexico, Guadalajara, 4 Reales, 1863-GaJG, KM-375.2, MS-64 (NGC), realized $14,160|
|Lot 9142, Mexico, Alamos, 50 Centavos, 1888-AsL, KM-407, AU-50 (NGC), realized $12,980|
|Lot 10079, China, Four-Piece Gold Bronze Age “Archaeological” Proof Set, 1981, KM-Ps8, Gem Brilliant Proof, realized $47,790|
|Lot 10107, Denmark, Ducat, 1671/69, Fr-140, KM-340.1, MS-63 (NGC), realized $10,030|
|Lot 10158, Great Britain, 5 Pounds, 1893, Fr-394a, KM-787, Proof-64 (NGC), realized $11,210|
|Lot 10324, China, Pattern Dollar Struck in Silver, ND (1914), K-642, Y-322, MS-66 (PCGS), realized $31,860|
|Lot 10621, Russia, Ruble, 1912-EB, Y-69, AU-58 (NGC), realized $13,275|
|10652, Venezuela, Caracus, 1/8 Real, 1814, C-1, ST-70 (C1), Choice Extremely Fine, realized $7,670|
|Lot 11121, Colombia, Departmento De Bolivar, 50 Centavos, 1900, P-S1123, Very Fine, realized $14,750|
|Lot 11129, Costa Rica, Ferro Carril De Costa Rica, 1 Peso, 15.4.1872, P-S234, Very Good, realized $9,440|
|Lot 11148, Egypt, National bank of Egypt, 1 Pound, ND (1926-30), P-20s, Extremely Fine, realized $5,900|
|Lot 11244, India, 10, 50, 100 & 500 Rupees, ND (1996), P-88s, 90s, 91s & 92s, Gem Uncirculated, realized $10,325|
|Lot 11263, Iran, Imperial Bank of Persia, 20 Tomans, 1.9.1925, P-15, Extremely Fine 40 EPQ (PMG), realized $17,700|
|Lot 11328, Lebanon, Banque De Syrie Et Du Liban, 10 Livres, 1939, P-17, Choice Fine 15 (PMG), realized $16,520|
|Lot 11334, Lebanon, Banque De Syrie Et Du Liban, 100 Livres, 1945, P-53, Very Good 10 Net (PMG), Repairs, realized $9,440|
|Lot 11452, Mongolia, Commercial and Industrial Bank, 1 to 100 Tugrik, 1941, P-21s to 27s, Uncirculated, realized $5,605|
|Lot 11479, Panama, Republica De Panama, 5 Balboas, 1941, P-23a, Very Fine 30 EPQ (PMG), realized $11,210|
|Lot 11480, Panama, Republica De Panama, 10 Balboas, 1941, P-24a, Very Fine 30 (PMG), realized $16,520|
|Lot 11481, Panama, Republica De Panama, 20 Balboas, 1941, P-25a, Very Fine 20 (PMG), realized $21,240|
For a complete list of prices realized in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2011 Baltimore Auction, visit www.stacksbowers.com or call at 800.458.4646.
The next Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio auction is the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo in June, followed by the Official ANA World’s Fair of Money and ANA/PNG Pre-Show auctions in Chicago in August, and The Hong Kong Auction in August, as well.
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International Inc., was launched in January 2011, combining the extraordinary histories of Stack’s, the oldest rare coin auction and retail company in America, with Bowers and Merena Auctions, one of the world’s pre-eminent auctioneers of rare coins and paper money.
The two companies unite to share a combined legacy that spans more than 100 years, and includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable collections to ever cross an auction block — the John. J. Ford, Jr. and Louis E. Eliasberg collections, the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, and the Norweb Collection, to name just a few. Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the legendary 1933 St. Gaudens Double Eagle which realized an astounding $7.59 million (sold in partnership with Sotheby’s).
The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York , New Hampshire and Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including the ANA World’s Fair of Money pre-show and convention auctions, and the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expos in Baltimore, three times yearly, and Philadelphia.
About Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio
Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the world and ancients auction division of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. It was founded in 1982 as Ponterio & Associates by Richard Ponterio, renowned specialist in world and ancient numismatics, who is now executive vice president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
Past auctions have included such notable coin collections as the Wa She Wong Collection, the John S. Davenport Collection, the Witte Museum Collection, the Amat Collection, the Joe Lasser Collection, and the James Hunnicut Collection. Distinguished paper money collections include the East Bay Collection of International Bank Notes, and the Eduard Kann Chinese Bank Note Collection, along with treasure collections from the shipwrecks "Nicobar," "Rooswijk," and "Capitana."
For more information about Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2011 Baltimore Auction, call 800.458.4646 or visit www.stacksbowers.com.