Malibu Collection Headlines Bowers and Merena’s January Tampa Bay Rarities Sale


Bowers and Merena, one of the world’s preeminent auctioneers for rare coins and currency, will conduct the January Rarities Sale as its first event of 2011.

1866 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar
Nearly 1,700 lots will cross the auction block in Tampa, Florida immediately prior to the FUN Show, including this 1866 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar. Lot #855. Motto. Proof-66 Deep Cameo (PCGS) The Liberty Silver Dollar is tied for finest-Certified Honors among Deep Cameo examples as certified by PCGS.

The single-session sale on January 4 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay will offer nearly 1,700 lots of rare and desirable United State and Colonial-era coinage.

"It is and honor and thrill to start my career with Bowers and Merena with such an important sale," said Chris Napolitano, President of Bowers and Merena.

"Our January 2011 Rarities Sale will be presenting a wide selection of United States, Colonial and Territorial coins which range from affordable collector coins to world-renowned absolute and condition pieces."

Headlining the sale is Part II of the Malibu Collection.

"The first part of this impressive Malibu Collection helped propel our Official Auction of the November Whitman Coin & Collectible Baltimore Expo to the forefront among numismatic events of 2010. [Read Bowers and Merena Auction Realizes $13.2 Million.] Part II promises the same rarity, quality and eye appeal that we have come to expect from the collection," said Napolitano.

Highlights from the Malibu Collection include lot 855, one of the finest-known 1866 Motto Seated Dollars in PCGS Secure Proof-66 Deep Cameo, as well as lot 594, an important strike and condition rarity 1918-S Standing Liberty Quarter certified MS-67 Full Head by NGC with a combined pop of just 2/0 by PCGS and NGC.

"From U.S. minors to patterns, bidders will also enjoy Part II of the G. Edward Reahl, Jr. M.D. Collection and the Abingdon Collection," said Napolitano.

Additional highlights in the Tampa Bay Rarities Sale include:

  • Lot 48, 1883 Hawaii Eighth Dollar, Proof-62 Cameo (PCGS), Secure Holder
  • Lot 59, Undated (Circa 1616) Sommer Islands Twopence, BMA Type I, Small Star Below Hog, AG-3 (PCGS)
  • Lot 73, 1776 Continental Dollar, CURENCY, Pewter, MS-63 (NGC)
  • Lot 302, 1924-S Buffalo Nickel, MS-66 (NGC)
  • Lot 304, 1925-D Buffalo Nickel, MS-66 (PCGS), Secure Holder
  • Lot 722, 1865 Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Proof-67, Cameo (NGC), From the Malibu Collection
  • Lot 1261, 1856 Pattern Flying Eagle Cent, Snow-4, Rarity-7+, Proof-63 (PCGS), From the G. Edward Reahl, Jr. M.D. CollectionPart II
  • Lot 1351, 1879 Liberty Quarter Eagle, Proof-67 Cameo (NGC)
  • Lot 1359, 1899 Liberty Quarter Eagle, Proof-68 Ultra Cameo (NGC)
  • Lot 1383, 1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle, MS-65 (NGC)
  • Lot 1412, 1854-D Three-Dollar Gold Piece, AU-55 (PCGS)
  • Lot 1423, 1873 Three-Dollar Gold Piece, Closed 3, MS-61 (PCGS)
  • Lot 1458, 1859-C Liberty Half Eagle, Winter Variety 1 (27-M), MS-63 (PCGS)
  • Lot 1459, 1860-D Liberty Half Eagle, Winter 38-FF, MS-64 (NGC)
  • Lot 1489, 1911 Indian Half Eagle, Proof-66 (NGC)
  • Lot 1544, 1907 Indian Eagle, Wire Rim, MS-67 (PCGS), Secure Holder
  • Lot 1556, 1913 Indian Eagle, Proof-66 (NGC)
  • Lot 1584, 1876 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof-63 Cameo (PCGS)
  • Lot 1609, 1905 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof-64 (NGC)
  • Lot 1634, 1911 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS-67 (NGC)

All Tampa Bay Rarities Sale lot descriptions and images can be viewed online at the firm’s web site by visiting and printed catalogs are available upon request by calling 800-458-4646.

Bidding is open and pre-auction bids can be placed through the firm’s web site, by email at, via fax at 949-253-4091, by calling 800-458-4646 or by postal mail addressed to Bowers and Merena, Tampa Bay January 2011, 18061 Fitch, Irvine, CA 92614. Lots viewing will be conducted at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in the White Ibis Room on January 2-4.

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.

The company continues its service as Official Auctioneer of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expos three times each 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 and Ponterio & Associates, or to consign to an upcoming 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

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