SBG August 2021 ANA Auction of Coins and Paper Money Tops $50 Million


Over $50 million in coins, paper money, and other numismatic treasures were sold in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2021 ANA Auction, representing the largest ANA sale in the firm’s nearly 90-year history.

1804 Draped Bust Silver Dollar
1804 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. Class I Original. BB-304. Proof-68 (PCGS). The Finest Known Example of “The King of American Coins.” This rarity sold for sold for $7.68 million.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries held their first sale of the ANA’s annual summer convention more than 80 years ago in 1939, and this year’s sale is a significant milestone of success at this historic venue.

This record setting $50 million sale was fueled by numerous individual records across all product categories, emphasizing Stack’s Bowers Galleries as a leader in every aspect of numismatics. These records were led by the $7.68 million realized for the finest known 1804 dollar, which now ranks as the fifth most valuable coin ever sold at auction and the second most valuable silver dollar, behind only the firm’s $10 million sale of a 1794 dollar in 2013.

Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to Major General William Henry Harrison - obverse
Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to Major General William Henry Harrison. It brought $600,000 at the SBG August 2021 ANA Auction.

Additional records from the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2021 ANA Sale include the most valuable U.S. Mint medal that sold at $600,000, the most valuable Proof Saint-Gaudens With Motto $20 that realized $336,000, a firm record for the most valuable ancient coin at $312,000, and a rare uncut sheet of $5 notes from Macon, Georgia that realized nearly twice the high estimate at $156,000.

MACRINUS, A.D. 217-218. AV Aureus
MACRINUS, A.D. 217-218. AV Aureus (7.17 gms), Rome Mint, A.D. 218. NGC Ch MS★, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5. Fine Style. This rarity sold for $312,000 at the SBG August 2021 ANA Auction.

This $50 million in overall prices realized represents an increase of 70% above the firm’s 2019 ANA sale results and more than double the total realized in August 2020. This incredible growth was no doubt driven by the firm’s industry-leading technology, including their state-of-the-art auction gallery at Griffin Studios and their proprietary Coins In Motion animation technology.

Uncut Sheet of Macon, Georgia. $5 1902 Red Sea
Uncut Sheet of (4) Macon, Georgia. $5 1902 Red Seal. Fr. 588. The Citizens NB. Charter #8990. PMG Choice About Uncirculated 58. Serial Number 1. This sheet realized $156,000 at the SBG August 2021 ANA Auction.

These advantages, combined with the world’s finest numismatic expertise, ensures that Stack’s Bowers Galleries will continue as an industry leader for decades to come. For more information on Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ record-setting August 2021 ANA sale or to consign your numismatic treasures to a future auction, contact the firm at 800-458-4646 or email

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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