Coin rarities will be in abundance at Heritage Auctions’ April 25 to 28 sales events held in conjuction with the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) Convention in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Sale highlights include a proof specimen of the 1836 Classic Head Quarter Eagle, an extraordinary 1915-S Panama-Pacific Round Fifty Dollar Gold Piece, a 1915-S Panama-Pacific Round Fifty Dollar Gold Piece, and a 1856-O Liberty Double Eagle.
"An estimated seven examples of the 1836 Classic Head quarter eagle are presumed to exist in various grades," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "The proof offered in our Platinum Night Auction claims the most illustrious pedigree of any other known specimens, with ownership tied to famous numismatists Lorin G. Parmelee, John Mills, William H. Woodin and Louis Eliasberg, Sr., among others."
The Central States auctions include a plethora of early copper, early type, gold, patterns and silver rarities, with an emphasis on rare proof and branch mint gold and patterns. Heritage’s Platinum Night session, featuring the finest numismatic material, is April 26, with live bidding at the convention and online at HA.com/coins.
The highly anticipated 1915-S Panama-Pacific Round Fifty Dollar Gold Piece, MS66 PCGS Secure. CAC., presents collectors one of the U.S. Mint’s most sought-after classic commemoratives and the first PCGS-graded Premium Gem to appear at Heritage.
A newly discovered 1856-O Liberty Double Eagle, PCGS Genuine. XF Details, considered by some to be the rarest gold coin struck at the New Orleans Mint, makes its auction debut at Central States. The discovery is a history-making opportunity for advanced collectors to obtain a particularly special 1856-O, a coin already listed among the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins.
A classic rarity in the American gold series, an 1883 Liberty Double Eagle, PR64 Deep Cameo is one of 26 examples certified from the small proof-only mintage of 92 pieces. The PR64 Deep Cameo on offer marks its first auction appearance in 55 years.
The convention auctions also include several standout lots from first-time consignors as well as unusual discoveries, such as a 48-piece grading set for 1879-CC Morgan dollars (has one each of both the "Perfect" CC mintmark as well as the "Capped Die" CC mintmark) — a tremendously challenging set to assemble yet offered as a single lot.
The auctions feature nine named private collections, highlighted by the Collection of William Rau. A collector since the 1950s, Rau’s research into U.S. pattern coins recently earned recognition by the American Numismatic Association.
On offer are more than 250 lots from his collection, including standout finds, such as an 1867 Quarter Eagle, PR65 Red, PCGS, struck in copper, and an 1870 Standard Silver Half Dollar, PR65 PCGS, struck in aluminum. Other important patterns include unique coins such as a Judd-1598A 1879 Washlady Half Dollar, Unique, AU Details, Net PR40, a Judd-428A 1865 Quarter Dollar, NGC Details, Proof, struck from Michigan ore, and a Judd-1274 1867 Five Cent Muling in nickel, PR45.
Among branch mint gold rarities on offer are an 1861-D Liberty Five, AU55, NGC, and an 1854-S Quarter Eagle, VF35 PCGS. The latter coin is one of 12 known surviving 1854-S quarter eagles of the 246 examples struck with this date. The coin’s pedigree includes the Davis-Graves and Norweb Collections.
Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. In addition to its headquarters in Dallas, Heritage has offices in New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago and Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.