SBG’s June Costa Mesa Sale Features Spectacular Coin Rarities


Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to announce their June 2021 Showcase Auction, the first event to be hosted at the state-of-the-art auction gallery in the firm’s new Costa Mesa, California headquarters. Live bidding will take place on June 10 and 11, with Internet Only Sessions held the following week from June 14 through 16 on the firm’s website

1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-68+ (PCGS). CAC
Lot 2056: 1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-68+ (PCGS). CAC

The June sale showcases remarkable quality across several important collections, led by the magnificent Lulu Collection, the #1 all-time finest PCGS Walking Liberty Half Dollars Short Set, 1941-1947. Nearly all 20 half dollars in the Lulu Collection Short Set rank at the very top of the PCGS Population Report, with the majority also approved by CAC. Highlights from this impressive cabinet include MS-68+ CAC examples from 1942 and 1943, a 1943-S in MS-67+ CAC, and a 1944 in MS-68 CAC.

1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-68 (PCGS). CAC
Lot 2059: 1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-68 (PCGS). CAC

A fresh offering of half cents through half dollars is presented in Part II of the Collection of Silas Stanley Roberts (1888-1966), which was assembled chiefly in the first half of the 20th century and now comes to market for the first time. This selection includes a 1917-S Obverse Mintmark Walking Liberty half dollar graded PCGS MS-66 and a near Gem 1921-D Walking Liberty half dollar graded PCGS MS-64+ and verified by CAC.

1917-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Obverse Mintmark. MS-66 (PCGS)
Lot 2127: 1917-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Obverse Mintmark. MS-66 (PCGS)

The Norman G. Peters Collection of Colonial Coins has been a half century in the making and Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering this lifetime collection in a series of auctions in 2021. Included in the June sale is Norm’s Massachusetts, St. Patrick, Rosa Americana, Wood’s Hibernia, and Voce Populi coinages, Nova Constellatio and Vermont coppers, Machin’s Mills halfpence, Washington pieces, Fugio coppers, and many other colonial types, highlighted by a lovely and previously unrecorded 1787 Vlack 17-87E Machin’s Mills halfpenny and a gorgeous 1777 Franklin of Philadelphia medal in bronze.

1787 Machin's Mills Halfpenny
Lot 1180: 1787 Machin’s Mills Halfpenny. Vlack 17-87E, W-7920. Rarity-7. GEORGIVS III, Group II. VF-25 (PCGS).

The Bimyway Collection features an impressive selection of silver dollars and Saint-Gaudens double eagles, many of which have also been approved by CAC. Highlights offered in the June event include an EF-45 (PCGS) 1797 Draped Bust dollar and a 1907 High Relief $20 graded AU-55 (PCGS) CAC.

1797 Draped Bust Silver Dollar
Lot 2162: 1797 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. BB-73, B-1. Rarity-3. Stars 9×7, Large Letters. EF-45 (PCGS).

The firm will also offer a selection of items from the James D. Brilliant Collection, a cabinet that Stack’s Bowers Galleries first handled in January 1992. While most recognized for early half dollars, this offering also includes desirable 19th century gold coinage as well as a famous "1776" Continental dollar and an iconic 1796 Draped Bust quarter.

"1776" (1783) Continental "Dollar"
Lot 1227: “1776” (1783) Continental “Dollar”. Newman 1-C, W-8445. Rarity-3. CURENCY. Pewter. AU Details–Cleaned (PCGS).

Beyond these cabinets, Stack’s Bowers will be presenting additional half eagles from the Fairmont Collection, as well as numerous individual rarities. Among the latter are a MS-64 BN (PCGS) Bar copper from the 1906 Harlan P. Smith sale, the Wolfson-Pogue 1820 BD-7 half eagle graded MS-65+ (PCGS) CAC, a newly discovered MS-62 (PCGS) CAC 1876-CC half eagle, and a desirable VF-35 (NGC) Paquet Reverse 1861-S $20.

1820 Capped Head Left Half Eagle
Lot 2480: 1820 Capped Head Left Half Eagle. BD-7. Rarity-7. Curved-Base 2, Large Letters. MS-65+ (PCGS). CAC.

This exciting sale arrives on the heels of the firm’s record-setting auctions in March and April that saw combined prices realized above $60 million. With seven individual lots exceeding $1 million in these spring sales, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is clearly poised for a robust summer auction season. The Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Costa Mesa auction is available on their website for viewing and bidding via high-resolution images and their award-winning bidding platform. To register for bidding in the June Showcase Auction or to consign to the firm’s August ANA Auction, contact the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction Services team at 800-458-4646 or e-mail

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels.

The company’s 85-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few.

World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection.

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Mark D.

It’s the nudity, right?

Mark D.

Wow! Did I see you in, “Where Eagles Dare”?


You must really despise the Franklin Half, then.