Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducted its official auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo November 15 to 19, 2011. The impressive sale presented 8,858 lots and realized a total of $15.6 million.
U.S. coin, currency and exonumia offerings totaled 6,030 lots and realized $13.2 million. An additional 2,828 ancient and foreign coin and paper currency lots garnered $2.4 million in prices realized.
Significant highlights featured in the United States coin sessions included selections from the Teich Family Collection, the Brandywine Collection, the MHS Collection, and the M.B. Tucker Collection of U.S. Gold Coins.
Among U.S. currency offerings, type notes performed particularly well, the market for such pieces definitely trending upward as prices realized were stronger in this venue than in other recent Stack’s Bowers Galleries paper money sales.
"Our November Baltimore Auction capped an extremely successful and highly important year for Stack’s Bowers Galleries," commented Chris Napolitano, president of the firm. "We launched Stack’s Bowers Galleries in January of 2011, and within a single year we have established the combined firm as a dominant force in the numismatic auction market. The strengths and talents of our staff, the enthusiastic support and participation of our consignors and bidders, the strength of the market, and the dynamic Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo proved to be a particularly powerful combination in our November Baltimore Auction. Competition was strong in all areas, with collectors, dealers and investors worldwide participating through live and Internet bidding to deliver some truly impressive results."
The Teich Family Collection, a museum-quality collection of classic United States proof coins from 1854 to the mid-19th century, was assembled during the 1950s and 1960s, primarily through bidding and buying in most of the Stack’s auctions of that era. Part I of the Teich Family Collection served as an anchor consignment to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November Baltimore Auction.
Highlights from this portion of the collection include lot 5288, a rare and significant Chapman proof 1921 Morgan silver dollar certified Proof-64 by PCGS that shattered pre-auction estimates when it brought $100,625. The coin had originally been acquired from Henry Chapman himself in 1923 (by an owner prior to the Teich family).
Other impressive prices were garnered by lot 1031, the 1792 half disme in PCGS/CAC VF-25 from the MHS Collection that traded hands for $109,250, lot 9449, the 1804 Capped Bust Right half eagle in PCGS/CAC MS-63 from the Brandywine Collection that sold for $69,000, and lot 6194, an intriguing pair of die trials for the 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary commemorative half dollar in PCGS MS-61 that realized $31,625. The die trials are pedigreed to the great-grandson of Cyrus E. Dallin, designer of the Pilgrim Tercentenary commemorative half dollar.
U.S. coin and currency highlights from the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2011 Baltimore Auction include:
- Lot 5034, 1864 Two-Cent Piece, FS-401, Small Motto, Proof-64+ RB (PCGS), CAC. From the Teich Family Collection. $97,750
- Lot 5107, 1877 Trade Dollar, Proof-66+ Cameo (PCGS), CAC. From the Teich Family Collection. $37,375
- Lot 5288, 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar, Chapman, Proof-64 (PCGS). From the Teich Family Collection. $100,625
- Lot 7431, Large Size, Lot of (100) Fr. 39 & Fr. 39*, 1917 $1 Legal Tenders, Uncirculated to Gem Uncirculated, Original Pack. From the Teich Family Collection. $54,625
- Lot 9449, 1804 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle, BD-7, Rarity-4, Normal 8/Large 8, MS-63 (PCGS), CAC. From the Brandywine Collection. $69,000
- Lot 9860, 1861 Liberty Double Eagle, MS-65 (PCGS). $66,125
- Lot 1031, 1792 Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, Rarity-4, VF-25 (PCGS), CAC, OGH. From the MHS Collection. $109,250
- Lot 2027, 1806/5 Draped Bust Quarter, B-1, Rarity-2, MS-64 (NGC). Ex: Eliasberg. $60,375
- Lot 2247, 1806 Draped Bust Half Dollar, O-106, Rarity-4, Knobbed 6, Small Stars, MS-63 (PCGS), CAC. From the MHS Collection; Ex: Queller Family Collection. $43,125
- Lot 5003, 1856 Silver Three-Cent Piece, Proof-65 (PCGS), CAC. From the Teich Family Collection. $31,625
- Lot 5112, 1878 Twenty-Cent Piece, Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS), CAC. From the Teich Family Collection. $31,625
- Lot 6194, 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary, Obverse and Reverse Die Trials, Judd-A1920-1 And Judd-A1920-2, MS-61 (PCGS). $31,625
- Lot 7205, Obsolete Notes, Austin, Minnesota, Bank of Austin, ND (18xx), $5, About Uncirculated, Remainder. $7,762
- Lot 7357, Obsolete Notes, Providence, Rhode Island, Bank of Commerce in Rhode Island, ND (18xx), $1000, Uncirculated, Proof. $12,650
- Lot 7592, Large Size, Fr. 1133-C, 1918 $1,000 Federal Reserve Note, PMG Choice Fine 15. $12,650
- Lot 7597, Large Size, Fr. 1180, 1905 $20 Gold Certificate, PMG Choice Extremely Fine 45 EPQ. $13,800
- Lot 7611, Large Size, Fr. 1216b, 1882 $500 Gold Certificate, PMG Very Fine 25. $18,400
- Lot 7709, Error Notes, Fr. 751, 1918 $2 Federal Reserve Bank Note, PCGS Very Fine 20, Double Denomination. $31,625
- Lot 7957, Continental Currency, CC-63 to 70, Continental Congress, May 20, 1777, Uncut Double Pane Sheet of 16 Fully Issued Bills, Choice Uncirculated. From the Bunker Hill Collection; Ex: Ford. $43,125
- Lot 9440, 1795 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle, Small Eagle, BD-2, Rarity-6, MS-61 (NGC). From the Brandywine Collection. $74,750
- Lot 9680, 1844-O Liberty Eagle, MS-63 (NGC). Ex: S.S. New York. $63,250
For a complete list of prices realized in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2011 Baltimore Auction, visit www.stacksbowers.com or call at 800.458.4646. The next Stack’s Bowers Galleries auctions are the January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction (conducted by Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio) and the January 2012 Americana Sale. Both sales will be conducted in New York City. We are currently accepting consignments for the Official Auction of the March 2012 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo in Baltimore.
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 and ANA/PNG Pre-Show, and the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expos in Baltimore, three times yearly, and Philadelphia.
For more information about Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2011 Baltimore Auction, call 800.458.4646 or visit www.stacksbowers.com.