SBG’s June Costa Mesa Auction Tops $7.8 Million in U.S. Coins


Over $7.8 million in United States coins and Numismatic American was sold in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Showcase Auction, the first event hosted at the state-of-the-art auction studio in the firm’s Costa Mesa, California headquarters.

1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-68+ (PCGS). CAC
Lot 2056: 1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-68+ (PCGS). CAC. This rarity realized $120,000 at Stack’s June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction.

Streamed live in high-definition across a variety of platforms, including YouTube, the June Auction served as the latest demonstration of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ industry-leading technology and their ability to garner exceptional prices in all categories of the Guide Book.

The June sale showcased remarkable quality across several important collections, led by the magnificent Lulu Collection, the #1 all-time finest PCGS Walking Liberty Short Set, 1941-1947. Thirteen of the 20 lots in the collection set new auction records for their respective issues, with many realizing multiples of the PCGS and CAC price guide values listed at the time of the sale.

1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-68 (PCGS). CAC
Lot 2059: 1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-68 (PCGS). CAC. This half dollar brought $84,000.

The 1943 MS-68+ (PCGS) CAC was the undisputed highlight of the collection, realizing $120,000 and establishing a new record for any date in the Short Set category. The 1944 MS-68 (PCGS) CAC set a record for the issue at $84,000, over twice the PCGS Price Guide value. With over $971,000 in total prices realized, Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ sale of the Lulu Collection now represents the single most important public offering of Short Set dates. An outstanding selection of duplicates from the Lulu Collection will be featured in the firm’s official auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money in August.

1917-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Obverse Mintmark. MS-66 (PCGS)
Lot 2127: 1917-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Obverse Mintmark. MS-66 (PCGS). This rarity sold for $40,800 at Stack’s June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction.

A fresh offering of half cents through half dollars was 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. Highlights from Part II included a MS-66 (PCGS) 1917-S Obverse Mintmark half dollar that realized $40,800 and a MS-64+ (PCGS) CAC 1921-D half dollar that sold for $27,600, further emphasizing a strength in this series.

1777 B. Franklin of Philadelphia Medal
1777 B. Franklin of Philadelphia Medal. Unidentified English Medalist. Betts-547, Greenslet GM-40. Bronze. Specimen-64 BN (PCGS). This medal sold for $20,400.

The June sale also featured Part I of the Norman G. Peters Collection of Colonial Coins which was a half century in the making and touches upon virtually every pre-Federal type. Exceptional prices were realized by many lots, including a gorgeous bronze 1777 Franklin of Philadelphia medal that earned $20,400, a bold RR-26 1788 Vermont Copper that brought $10,800, and a Noe-7 1652 Oak Tree Shilling that sold for $9,000.

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). This silver dollar realized $12,000.

The Bimyway Collection comprised an impressive selection of silver dollars and Saint-Gaudens double eagles highlighted by an EF-45 (PCGS) 1797 Draped Bust dollar that brought $12,000 and a 1907 High Relief $20 graded AU-55 (PCGS) CAC that sold for $14,400. The firm also offered a selection 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, the June offering also included desirable 19th century gold coinage as well as a famous "1776" Continental dollar that sold for $38,400 and an iconic 1796 Draped Bust quarter that brought $33,600.

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 rarity sold for $192,000 at Stack’s June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction.

Beyond these cabinets, the Stack’s Bowers June sale presented numerous individual rarities, including the Wolfson-Pogue 1820 BD-7 half eagle that brought the highest price of the auction at $192,000. A MS-64 (PCGS) 1801 eagle brought $102,000, a price matched by an AU-58 (PCGS) 1859-O $20. A spectacular 1853 silver three-cent piece earned an honorable mention at $38,400, over three times the PCGS Price Guide and over ten times CAC Price Guide at the time of the sale. This price also set a record for a Type I silver three-cent piece of any issue.

With a successful showcase of their new auction studio and over $7 million in prices realized in the June 2021 Auction, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is now looking ahead to their official auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money in August. The August sale will feature every product category including World and Ancient coins and paper money, as well as such incredible United States coin rarities as the finest 1804 dollar, a newly discovered 1794 dollar, an original 1827/3 quarter, a Mint State 1796 Stars quarter eagle, and much more. To consign to the August Auction or for questions about the June Auction results, please contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries by telephone at 800-566-2580 or by email at

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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Seth Riesling

Brother, can you spare an ultra high-grade walking liberty half dollar for a cup of coffee?? (Or a very small, old, fixer-upper house??!!). Lol.


Seth Riesling

Lol !! Fake red oak coin display boxes made by the small hands of child labor in a factory (aka prison) in Communist China!
Only on Home Shopping Network Coin Collector Show with Mike “Ripoff” Mezack! Stay tuned & don’t turn that channel, so we can rip you off during your late night insomnia battle…


Mark D.

I knew that’s why they’re called RED oak!

Seth Riesling

If you are ever interrogated in Communist China & asked what your favorite color is…well you know what to say!!


Mark D.

Black. Paint it black, you devil.

Mark D.

That arrogant cull of a would-be human is selling the Type 2 gold eagle set of four for $7800! Better yet, they’re slabbed by…wait for it… ANACS.

Please sir, may I have some more…?

Seth Riesling

Spank you very much Sir! (Sorry for my Freudian slip). Lol.


Mark D.

Okay. But I think that’s the response to, “Please sir, may I have ANOTHER.”

Seth Riesling

Very “stimulating” pic Mark! Have paddle, will travel…(is that illegal in Canada??!! Lol).


Mark D.

Could be. But I’m betting he carries around a pole topped by a bore, err, I mean a boar, aka — a swine — with decayed and blunted tusks and a coating of, um, that stuff at the bottom of the pen. That makes me think of when a young women asked for an “ink pen” to write down my phone number (really, you couldn’t be anymore surprised than I). Having a severe word fetish (common ailment among writers who take themselves way too seriously), I “rakishly” asked with a rye (I had a corned beef sandwich for lunch) smile,… Read more »

Mark D.

I smell truffles a’brewin’.

Scariest parts of Wizard of Oz film:
1. Flying monkeys, scarecrow dismemberment
2. Agressive animated trees, “…a little fire scarecrow?”
3. Dorothy falls into pig pen, Maxwell House coffee TV pitch lady rides bike in tornado

flying monkey in oz.jpg
Mark D.

To be entirely frank, I asked myself all those questions while riding the Chicago El and concluded, quite cynically, that a certain bomb ended our innocence and made all those queries wickedly moot. I immediately felt torn, ado much… about naught.

Mark D.

Frank El Bomb
Wickedly = WW of the W
Torn, ado = Twister!!! Git to the shelter!!!

Sean Connery’s Zardoz (by another, longer name)

There are probably others, but I’ve forgotten by now.

Mark D.

Lost? Lost in space…? Sure looks like it.

Danger! Danger! Danger!

“Doctor Smith” ruined it all for me, even as a tyke. They could have used their imaginations a bit and come up with some other, even changing, chaos causer.