Bowers and Merena Showcases Two Extraordinary Collections in Baltimore


Bowers and Merena’s Official Auction of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention in March Includes Choice AU 1870-CC Double Eagle as Part of the Southerly Collection

1870-CC Double Eagle Gold Coin

IRVINE, Calif. – Bowers and Merena Auctions, America’s leading rare coin and currency auction house, makes its first trip to Baltimore in 2009 for the Official Auction of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention set for March 24-28.

The auction will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center and begins with lot viewing Tuesday, March 24, to Friday, March 27, followed by the three-session auction on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. EDT, and Friday, March 27, at noon and again at 6 p.m. EDT.

The auction is highlighted by two standout, multi-million-dollar collections. The Southerly Collection offers a variety of distinguished coins including a top-notch Choice AU 1870-CC Double Eagle as lot 3909. This 1870-CC Winter 1-A is graded AU-55 by NGC and is the single highest-graded example of this famous frontier-era rarity known to PCGS and NGC.

Also raising the bar in the Southerly Collection is a highly elusive 1797 Small Eagle Ten. At lot 3786, this 1797 Capped Bust Right Eagle, Small Eagle, BD-1, HBCC-3175, Taraszka-7, Rarity-5, is graded MS-61 by NGC and represents the rarest of only three issues in the Small Eagle Capped Bust Right Ten-Dollar gold series. NGC Census reports just six, with a mere four finer through MS-63.

1797 Small Eagle Ten Gold Coin

Lot 3785 is a very rare 1796 Capped Bust Right Eagle, BD-1, HBCC-3174, Taraszka-6, the only known dies, Rarity-4, in NGC MS-61, boasting a population of just nine with just six finer through MS-63.

The Essex Collection of Morgan Dollars presents more than 100 breathtaking Morgans, topped off by lot 3328, a legendary 1892-S Morgan Dollar in Gem BU graded MS-66 by PCGS. With additional pedigree notes that include Heritage’s sale of the Gary Wolkwitz Collection in August 2001 (lot 6712), this is an extremely fortunate survivor of the extensive commercial use and widespread melting that claimed the vast majority of these coins.

Lot 3217 is a very rare near-Gem 1884-S Morgan Dollar graded MS-64 by PCGS that is solidly in the Condition Census for this issue, with a PCGS Population of just 13 and only three finer. Lot 3283 offers a near-Gem 1889-CC Silver Dollar, the rarest Carson City Mint Morgan.


"We are very pleased to present these two incredible collections in Baltimore along with more than 3,100 great coin and currency lots, right on the heels of our successful Portland ANA auction last week," said Steve Deeds, president of Bowers and Merena.

"Each collection offers a long list of impressive highlights that have already been drawing attention at shows where they have been on display. We are looking forward to some very spirited bidding throughout this auction."


Auction highlights include:

Lot 107 1793 Chain Cent. S-4. Rarity-3+. AMERICA. Periods. EF-45 BN (NGC).

Lot 110 1793 Wreath Cent. S-8. Rarity-3-. Vine and Bars Edge. MS-62 BN (NGC).

Lot 173 1864 Indian Cent. L on Ribbon. Snow PR-1. Proof-66 BN (NGC).

Lot 726 1874-CC Seated Liberty Dime. Arrows. EF-45 (PCGS).

Lot 963 1796 Draped Bust Half Dollar. O-101. Rarity-5. 15 Stars. F-15 (PCGS).

Lot 3001 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. BB-24, B-13. Rarity-4. Two Leaves. MS-62 (PCGS).

Lot 3060 1851 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar. MS-62 (PCGS).

Lot 3217 1884-S Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-64 (PCGS).

Lot 3268 1887-O Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-66 DMPL (PCGS).

Lot 3283 1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-64 (PCGS).

Lot 3328 1892-S Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-66 (PCGS). OGH.

Lot 3336 1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-63 (PCGS).

Lot 3341 1894 Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS).

Lot 3348 1894-O Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS).

Lot 3353 1895 Morgan Silver Dollar. Proof-65 Cameo (NGC).

Lot 3354 1895-O Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS).

Lot 3392 1901 Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-64 (PCGS).

Lot 3641 1915 Indian Quarter Eagle. Proof-67 (NGC).

Lot 3690 1887 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-67 (NGC).

Lot 3707 1821 Capped Head Left Half Eagle. BD-1, HBCC-3143, Miller-144. Rarity-6+. AU-55 (NGC). CAC.

Lot 3783 1795 Capped Bust Right Eagle. BD-1, HBCC-3169, Taraszka-1. Rarity-3+. 13 Leaves. MS-62 (PCGS).

Lot 3785 1796 Capped Bust Right Eagle. BD-1, HBCC-3174, Taraszka-6, the only known dies. Rarity-4. MS-61 (NGC).

Lot 3786 1797 Capped Bust Right Eagle. Small Eagle. BD-1, HBCC-3175, Taraszka-7. Rarity-5. MS-61 (NGC).

Lot 3897 1861-S Liberty Double Eagle. A.C. Paquet Reverse. AU-50 (NGC).

Lot 3909 1870-CC Liberty Double Eagle. Winter 1-A. AU-55 (NGC).

Lot 3911 1871-CC Liberty Double Eagle. Winter 1-A, the only known dies. MS-60 (NGC).

Lot 3939 1876-S Liberty Double Eagle. MS-65 (NGC).

Lot 3978 1892-S Liberty Double Eagle. MS-66 (NGC).

Lot 3979 1893 Liberty Double Eagle. MS-67 (NGC).

Lot 4013 MCMVII (1907) Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. High Relief. Wire Rim. Proof-67 * (NGC).

All lots and images in the Bowers and Merena Official Auction of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention can be viewed online at, and printed catalogs are available upon request by calling 800.458.4646.

Bidding is open now and pre-auction bids are welcome at; by e-mail at; by phone at 800.458.4646; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by postal mail addressed to Bowers and Merena, Baltimore March 2009, 18061 Fitch, Irvine, CA, 92614.

Interested bidders are also encouraged to view lots in Baltimore March 24-27, 2009, and bid in-person at the live auction March 26-27, or live online through the Bowers and Merena website. A complete auction and lot viewing schedule is available at or by calling 800.458.4646.

About Bowers and Merena Auctions

Bowers and Merena Auctions was founded in 1983 and has grown to become the world’s preeminent numismatic auctioneer with more than half a billion dollars in rare coin and currency sales.

They have been awarded the prestigious honor of Official Auctioneer for the 2009 American Numismatic Association Conventions in Portland and Los Angeles, in addition to their continued service as Official Auctioneer of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Conventions 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.

For more information about Bowers and Merena’s Official Auction of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention in March, call 800.458.4646. For media inquiries, ask for President Steve Deeds. Complete prices realized for all past auctions are available at

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