Proof 1870 $20 brings $345,000 to lead $30+ million Heritage Numismatic Auctions at Central States (CSNS). Rare U.S. Coins bring $23.9 million while rare U.S. Currency realizes $6.2 million.
A stunning 1870 Type Two $20, PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC, CAC — one of only four or five specimens confirmed in collector’s hands — brought $345,000 as the top lot in Heritage Auctions’ $23.9+ million April 27-30 CSNS Signature® & Platinum Night U.S. Coin Auction, held in conjunction with the annual Central States Numismatic Society Convention in Rosemont, IL.
"Rare gold was the dominant theme of Platinum Night at CSNS," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "Fully nine of the top 10 lots were gold rarities and, overall, prices took a jump across the board last week. We saw sell-through rates by value in all four of our Rosemont, IL auctions in the near-to-mid 90s, percentage-wise. Needless to say we’re thrilled with the results of all the auctions, as are our consignors."
Heritage’s CSNS Auction was the principal event in more than two weeks of important numismatic auctions for the company, which realized a total of nearly $40 million altogether with the $9.6+ million Rosemont, IL Signature® World & Ancient Coins Auction, held April 14-18, in conjunction with the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF) and the $6.194+ million May 2 Rosemont, IL CSNS Signature® Currency Auction.
A pair of impressive proof double eagles — a gorgeous 1873 Liberty $20 Closed 3 Date Logotype PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC and an extraordinary 1860 $20 PR64 Cameo — tied in their respective efforts to take the second spot in the auction, both finishing the evening at $230,000 amidst spirited bidding, while a remarkably well-preserved 1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, R.3, PR65 Cameo NGC, brought $195,500 to go to a new home in an advanced collection.
Another 1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, R.3, this one in PR64 PCGS CAC, was close in final price to its PR65 cousin, finishing the auction at $184,000.
"The $4 gold patterns, or ‘Stellas,’ are among our most popular lots whenever they come up in a Heritage auction," said Rohan. "Collectors are fascinated by the idea that the United States almost struck a $4 coin, going so far as to create patterns to show around the halls of Congress. The Stellas are scarce and the demand for them is high. It’s the perfect recipe for competitive bidding."
An 1860 Liberty $10 PR64 Deep Cameo PCGS, tied for the finest known, after making its way to auction from The Slotkin Family Trust Collection, realized $161,000.
Further Highlights include, but are not limited to:
56.25-Ounce Kellogg and Humbert S.S. Central America Gold Ingot. CAGB-456. Serial number 552; 908 fine, stamped face value $1055.81: Realized $143,750.
1796 25C MS63 NGC. B-1, R.4. The Tompkins plate coin: Realized $138,000.
1808 $2 1/2MS61 NGC: Realized $126,500.
1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific 50 Dollar Round MS64 PCGS: Realized $126,500.
About Heritage Auctions
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