NGC-Certified Coins from 1700s Top $1 Million

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Two coins from the late 1700s that are certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) each realized over $1 million in Heritage Auction’s Central States US Coins Signature Auction, held April 22-25, 2021. With these results, eight NGC-certified coins have already surpassed $1 million this year.

1792 Judd-13 Pattern Quarter graded NGC AU 58
1792 Judd-13 Pattern Quarter graded NGC AU 58. This rarity sold for $1.26 million.

A 1792 Judd-13 Pattern Quarter graded NGC AU 58 (lot 4960) realized $1.26 million to earn honors as the top lot in the sale.

This particular example, one of only four known, had never before been offered at public auction. It was struck in the early 1790s as the US Mint prepared to roll out a national coinage. Though this pattern was not used for circulating coinage, elements of its design are echoed in the first quarters issued a few years later.

Meanwhile, a Silver 1776 Continental Dollar graded NGC VF 35 and pedigreed to the Romano and Partrick Collections (lot 3034) realized $1.14 million.

Silver 1776 Continental Dollar graded NGC VF 35
Silver 1776 Continental Dollar graded NGC VF 35. This rarity brought $1.14 million.

With their powerful designs and all-important "1776" date, Continental Dollars comprise a highly prized niche of early American numismatics. Only four are known in silver; all are NGC-certified and each has now realized a price over $1 million.

"Another major numismatic auction has concluded with NGC-certified rarities at the top — and topping $1 million — making 2021 an incredible year so far," said Mark Salzberg, NGC Chairman and Grading Finalizer. "No matter where they are in the world, bidders trust NGC’s expert authentication and grading services."

The other NGC-certified coins that have realized over $1 million so far this year are:

  • a 1787 ‘EB’ on Wing Brasher Doubloon graded NGC MS 65★ and pedigreed to the Partrick Collection that realized $9.36 million on January 21, 2021

  • a 1907 Extremely High Relief Double Eagle graded NGC PF 68 and pedigreed to the Paramount Collection that realized $3.6 million on February 24, 2021

  • a Russia 1825 Rouble graded NGC PF 62 and pedigreed to Joseph, Richter and the Pinnacle Collection that realized $2.64 million on April 6, 2021

  • a Great Britain 1937 Gold Pattern Edward VIII 5 Sovereign graded NGC PF 67 Ultra Cameo and pedigreed to the Paramount Collection that realized $2.28 million on March 26, 2021

  • a 1786 Lima-Style Brasher Doubloon graded NGC MS 61 and pedigreed to the Partrick Collection that realized $2.1 million on January 21, 2021

  • an 1880 Coiled Hair Stella graded NGC PF 67 Cameo and pedigreed to the Paramount Collection that realized $1.86 million on February 24, 2021

Besides the Silver Continental Dollar, Heritage’s Central States sale included other rarities from the Donald G. Partrick Collection. They included a 1793 Oval George Washington Peace Medal certified by NGC as genuine and also pedigreed to the Brand Collection (lot 3056) that realized $630,000. Only about 50 genuine oval peace medals are known, and nearly all of them are in museums, according to Heritage.

The Partrick Collection is also renowned for rare coins dating to the earliest years of the US Mint. A 1796 No Pole Half Cent graded NGC MS 63+ BN and also pedigreed to the Whitney Collection (lot 3621) realized $432,000. It is one of only four of this variety known in Mint State, according to Heritage Auctions.

"Heritage was honored to present these great numismatic rarities certified by NGC," said Sarah Miller, Deputy Managing Director at Heritage Auctions’ New York office. "With the confidence that NGC certification provides, these coins and medals excelled at auction, just as others have in recent sales."

Additional NGC-certified highlights from the sale included:

  • a 1796 With Pole Half Cent graded NGC MS 65 RB and pedigreed to the Whitney and Partrick Collections (lot 3624) that realized $384,000

  • an 1870-CC $20 graded NGC XF 45 (lot 5174) that realized $384,000

  • an 1870-CC $20 graded NGC XF 40 (lot 5173) that realized $360,000

  • a 1943 Bronze Cent graded NGC AU 55 BN and pedigreed to the Partrick Collection (lot 3068) that realized $240,000

  • an 1833 $5 graded NGC PF 61 (lot 5119) that realized $240,000

  • an (1800) Gold Washington Funeral Medal graded NGC AU Details and pedigreed to the Garrett and Partrick Collections (lot 3051) that realized $210,000

  • an 1811 Wide Date Half Cent graded NGC SP 64 BN and pedigreed to the Norweb and Partrick Collections (lot 3692) that realized $204,000

Prices realized include buyer’s premium.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Unquestionably the first time I’ve ever heard of a Pattern Quarter of this sort, much less seen one. This is definitely a very interesting and rather unique potential design for a coin.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Clockwork Squirrel

I agree! I too wasn’t aware of this variety. uspatterns lists a somewhat similar design (Pollock 14), possibly cut by David Rittenhouse but this is a new one for me. The image of Liberty is IMHO quite striking and would have made for a very attractive coin.

Kaiser Wilhelm

It was precisely the unusual representation of Liberty which caught and held my attention. This piece demonstrates an exceptional imagination in conjunction with some exquisite craftmanship, and most especially and impressively so for the time.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kaiser Wilhelm
Seth Riesling

This coinage pattern has been listed & photographed in the “Red Book” for many years. It is on page 92 of the 2020 issue under “Contract Issues and Patterns.” There are 2 known in copper & 4 known in “white metal.” One specimen was put in the U.S. Mint’s Cabinet collection in the early 1800s by Chief Coiner Adam Eckfeldt. Uniface trial strikes of the obverse & reverse also exist & are unique.

NumisdudeTX

Kaiser Wilhelm

It seems that everything about these patterns is unique (and in the most extreme use of the term). Thanks for providing all those illuminating details.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kaiser Wilhelm