Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Ponterio June 2011 Baltimore Auction Coin and Currency Highlights


The Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2011 Baltimore Auction will feature 7,107 total lots, including more than 4,100 lots of U.S. coins and exonumia and an additional 680+ lots of U.S. currency, plus three foreign coin and paper money sessions by Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, presenting more than 1,700 lots of world coins and 520+ lots of world paper money.

1776 Continental Dollar
One of the coin highlights in the Stack's Bowers Galleries and Ponterio June 2011 Baltimore Auction is this 1776 Continental Dollar. The origin of the Continental dollars of 1776 is shrouded in mystery, although it is almost certainly rooted in the desire of the Continental Congress to issue a circulating medium of exchange that would help the United Colonies fight the war for independence from Great Britain.

Lot viewing will be conducted by appointment at the firm’s Irvine, California, headquarters ( May 27-June 1, at the firm’s New York office June 6-June 9, and onsite at the Baltimore Convention Center June 13-18.

The auction will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center beginning Tuesday, June 14, concluding Saturday, June 18, and will present four U.S. coin sessions, one U.S. currency session, and three foreign coin and paper money sessions.

1909 VDB Lincoln Cent
Another highlight from the Stack's Bowers Galleries and Ponterio June 2011 Baltimore Auction is this 1909 VDB Lincoln Cent. The Philadelphia Mint records that 1,194 pieces were struck with the VDB initials on the lower reverse. This feature met with considerable resistance soon after this new design was released and the designer's initials were removed from future strikings as soon as the bureaucratic wheels could turn sufficiently. Apparently, most of the original mintage of proofs were not released, perhaps they were melted but certainly don't exist today. After 25 years of certifying coins, the combined forces of NGC and PCGS have graded a grand total of 166 examples between them--obviously there will be some duplication in this number too.

According to Stack’s Bowers Galleries president Chris Napolitano:

"Once again, Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be bringing a wide variety of important and desirable U.S. coin, currency and exonumia lots to the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo.

Our official auction of the June 2011 event features several anchor consignments, many with ‘fresh’ coins that have been off the market for decades and are newly certified for presentation in this sale.

Great ‘collector coins’ also abound, as do classic rarities and even esoteric items such as a letter signed by President William McKinley that accompanies a 1900 Lafayette commemorative silver dollar and the die for a Rhode Island trade token. Truly, this sale offers something for everyone."

U.S. coin and exonumia highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official June 2011 Baltimore Auction include:

  • 1871 Ulysses S. Grant Indian Peace Medal, Julian IP-42, Silver, AU
  • 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony Oak Tree Shilling, Noe-10, "Ghost Tree," EF-40 (NGC), Ex: Roper Collection
  • 1792 Washington President, General of the American Armies Piece, Baker-59, VF-35 (PCGS)
  • 1776 Continental Dollar, CURRENCY, Pewter, MS-63 (PCGS), CAC
  • "1787" Fugio Copper, "New Haven Restrike," Silver, MS-63+ (PCGS), Secure Holder, PCGS Population; 1/0
  • 1871 Two-Cent Piece, Proof-67 RD Cameo (PCGS), Secure Holder, PCGS Population: 1/0
  • 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel, MS-64 (NGC)
  • 1792 Half Disme, Judd-7, AU-58 (NGC)
  • 1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Reeded Edge, MS-64 (NGC)
  • 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, B-1, Two Leaves, MS-63 (NGC), Ex: Eliasberg
  • 1836 Gobrecht Silver Dollar, Judd-60 Original, Proof-58 (PCGS), Die Alignment I, From the Jarapendo Collection
  • 1845 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar, Proof-65 (PCGS), Secure Holder
  • 1854 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar, Proof-64 Ultra Cameo (NGC), Combined PCGS and NGC Population: just 1 in all grades with a Deep/Ultra Cameo designation
  • 1883 Morgan Silver Dollar, Proof-67 (PCGS), CAC, OGH—First Generation
  • 1895 Morgan Silver Dollar, Proof-68 Ultra Cameo (NGC)
  • 1804 Capped Bust Right Quarter Eagle, 14-Star Reverse, AU-58 (PCGS), CAC
  • 1848 Liberty Quarter Eagle, CAL., AU-50 (PCGS), OGH
  • 1907 Liberty Quarter Eagle, Proof-68 Cameo (PCGS), CAC
  • 1910 Indian Quarter Eagle, Proof-66 (PCGS), CAC
  • 1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle, MS-65 (NGC), CAC
  • 1876 Three-Dollar Gold Piece, Proof-64+ Deep Cameo (PCGS), CAC
  • 1810 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle, Large Date, Large 5, MS-65 (NGC)
  • 1852-C Liberty Half Eagle, MS-63 (PCGS), CAC
  • 1890 Liberty Half Eagle, MS-68 * (NGC)
  • 1894 Liberty Half Eagle, Proof-66 Cameo (NGC), CAC
  • 1912 Indian Eagle, Proof-64 (PCGS), CAC
  • 1895 Liberty Double Eagle, MS-65+ (NGC), Combined PCGS and NGC Population: 1/0
  • MCMVII (1907) Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, High Relief, Wire Rim, MS-65 (PCGS), OGH
  • 1908 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, Motto, Proof-67 (NGC)
  • 1912 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, Proof-67 (NGC)
  • 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50, Round, MS-62 (NGC), CAC
  • 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50, Octagonal, MS-63 (PCGS)
  • 1869 Pattern Liberty Eagle, Judd-783, Unique (?), Proof-62 (NGC), From the Jarapendo Collection, Earlier Ex: King Farouk
  • 1871 Pattern Seated Liberty Dollar, Judd-1151, Rarity-7+, Proof-66 RB (PCGS), From the Jarapendo Collection
  • 1872 Pattern Commercial Dollar, Judd-1217, Rarity-8, Proof-64+ RB (PCGS), From the Jarapendo Collection
  • 1877 Pattern Morgan Half Dollar, Judd-1516, Rarity-7+, Proof-65 Cameo (PCGS), Ex: Simpson Collection
  • 1818 Pattern Cent by Jacob Perkins, Judd-C1818-1, Rarity-7, AU-58 BN (NGC)
  • 1851 Augustus Humbert $50 Gold, Lettered Edge, 50 D C, 887 THOUS., 50 on Reverse, AU-53 (Uncertified)
  • 1851 Augustus Humbert $50 Gold, Reeded Edge, 880 THOUS., Target Reverse, AU-55 (PCGS)
  • 1883 Kingdom of Hawaii Quarter Dollar, Proof-65 Cameo (PCGS), CAC
  • 1943 New York Assay Office Gold Bar, 9.73 ounces, .9998 fine
  • 1969 United States Assay Office Gold Ingot, 6.39 ounces, .9998 fine

U.S. currency highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official June 2011 Baltimore Auction include:

  • Fr. 1217, 1922 $500 Gold Certificate, Very Fine 25 (PMG)
  • Lot of (50) Fr. 1802-2, Pensacola, Florida, $20 1929 Type 2, The American NB, Charter #5603, Choice About Uncirculated
  • Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Central bank of Pennsylvania, ND (18xx), $5, Gem Uncirculated 66 EPQ (PMG), Proof – (PA-175 G8a)

Rick Ponterio, executive vice president, describes the world auctions to be conducted at the June 2011 Baltimore event:

"Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio has become a main fixture at the Baltimore show, as we conduct three major world auctions per year at this venue.

We are proud to offer collectors a regular tri-annual venue for foreign and ancient coins, as well as world paper money, and we certainly have an exceptional selection crossing the auction block for this turn.

Mexican gold and silver coinage is well represented, and a run of Peruvian gold 8 escudos is also destined to see strong bidder competition. Other areas of importance in our June 2011 Baltimore Auction are Chinese silver coins, as well as Iranian and Palestinian paper money."

Peru 4 Escudos
This Peru, 4 Escudos is another of many coin higlights in the Stack's Bowers Galleries and Ponterio June 2011 Baltimore Auction.

World coin highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio June 2011 Baltimore Auction include:

  • Afghanistan, 2 ½ Amani, SH 1306/9 (1927), Fr-33, KM-914, AU-58 (NGC)
  • Belgium, 20 Francs, 1835, Fr-404, KM-A23.3, Delm-1263, MS-63 (NGC)
  • China, Dollar, Year 21 (1932), L&M-108, K-622, Y-344, Hsu-95, "Birds Over Junk," MS-64 (NGC)
  • China, Pattern Dollar Struck in Silver, ND (1914), L&M-858, K-642, Y-322, Hsu-14, MS-64 (PCGS)
  • Mexico, 8 Reales, 1824-MoJM, "Hookneck," KM-A376.5, HO-MO8/MR8, DP-Mo02, "REPULICA" Spelling Error, Fine-15 (NGC)
  • Mexico, Peso, 1901-ZsAZ , KM-409.3, Very Fine
  • Mexico, 8 Escudos, 1715-J, Fr-6, KM-57.2, Cal-Type-24#109, Extremely Fine
  • Peru, 8 Escudos, (1)712-M, Fr-7, KM-38.2, Cal-Type-5#23, Extremely Fine
  • Peru, 4 Escudos, (1)712-M, Fr-8, KM-37, Cal-Type-40#215, Extremely Fine
  • Peru, 8 Escudos, (1(750-R, Fr-12, KM-47, Cal-Type-5#17, AU-50 (NGC)
  • Russia, 5 Rubles, 1782-CNB, Fr-130B, C-78b, Bit-74, MS-62 (NGC)

World paper money highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio June 2011 Baltimore Auction include:

  • Iran, Imperial Bank of Persia, 1 Toman, 12.2.1924, P-1b, Choice Extremely Fine 45 (PMG)
  • Iran, Imperial Bank of Persia, 2 Tomans, 26.10.1908, P-2, Fine-Very Fine
  • Iran, Imperial Bank of Persia, 5 Tomans, 28.10.1910, P-3, Fine
  • Iran, Imperial Bank of Persia, 100 Romans, 1.7.1901, P-8s, About Uncirculated 55 (PMG)
  • Iran, Bank Melli Iran, 10,000 Rials, AH1317 (1938), P-38c, Choice Uncirculated 63 (PMG)
  • Lebanon, Banque De Syrie Et Du Liban, 25 Livres, 1945, P-51s, Choice About Uncirculated
  • Palestine, Palestine Currency Board, 500 Mils, 1.9.1927, P-6a, Very Fine
  • Palestine, Palestine Currency Board, 5 Pounds, 1.9.1927, P-8a, Fine-Very Fine
  • Palestine, Palestine Currency Board, 10 Pounds, 30.9.1929, P-9b, Choice Fine15 (PMG)

All lot descriptions and images in the June 2011 Baltimore Auction can be viewed online at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website, Printed catalogs are available upon request by calling 800.458.4646. Online bidding has begun and pre-auction bids will be accepted at; by e-mail at; by phone at 800.458.4646; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by postal mail addressed to Stack’s Bowers Galleries, Baltimore June 2011, 18061 Fitch, Irvine, CA, 92614.

Interested bidders are also encouraged to view lots onsite in Baltimore in June and bid in-person at the live auction, or live online through the Stack’s Bowers Galleries. A complete auction and lot viewing schedule is available at or by calling 800.458.4646.

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 and New Hampshire. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including the ANA World’s Fair of Money and ANA/PNG Pre-Show, 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 and Ponterio June 2011 Baltimore Auction, call 800.458.4646 or visit

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