Heritage U.S. and World & Ancient Coins Auctions Top $85.7 Million During ANA Week


The $85,749,443 in total sales by Heritage Auctions, an Official Auctioneer Partner of American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, marked the largest combined sales ever by any auction house at an ANA-sanctioned auction.

1927-D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS66
1927-D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS66. This rarity realized $4.44 million. (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com)

Led by an exceedingly rare 1927-D Double Eagle MS66 PCGS, part of The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part IX, that soared to a record $4.44 million, Heritage accounted for $67,901,923 in sales at its US Coins Signature® Auction August 22-28.

Meiji gold Pattern 10 Yen Year 3 (1870) MS66 NGC
Meiji gold Pattern 10 Yen Year 3 (1870) MS66 NGC. This rarity realized $564,000. (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com)

The world’s finest certified example of the Meiji gold Pattern 10 Yen Year 3 (1870) MS66 NGC sold for a record $564,000 to lead Heritage Auctions’ World & Ancient Coins Platinum Session and Signature® Auction $17,847,520 August 25 and 27-28.

The previous record for combined sales by a single firm at ANA or ANA-adjacent events was $68,776,095, a standard set by Heritage’s Official ANA Auctions in 2021.

"These results are exceptionally gratifying," Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin said. "The results reflect the extraordinary trophy-caliber coins that our consignors entrusted to us, and the fact that so many collectors view Heritage Auctions as the premier destination for elite coins."

Future Heritage U.S. Coins Signature® auctions will include the Historic Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection Part I US Coins Signature® Auction September 29 in Long Beach, California, and the Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature® Auction October 6-10; the next World & Ancient Coins Signature® Auction will be the World & Ancient Coins Platinum Session and Signature® Auction October 27-28.

About Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Heritage also enjoys the highest Online traffic and dollar volume of any auction house on earth (source: SimilarWeb and Hiscox Report). The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has more than 1,500,000 registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of five million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.

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so had to look it up, the 10 yen gold coin in 1870 was basically equivalent weight as a contemporary US 10 dollar gold coin. so at that time the yen was roughly worth the same as a us dollar. but today, you can get about 140 yen for a dollar.

so despite what people think about the dollar being worth so much less than before, imagine how the japanese feel about the yen, relatively speaking. today, a 10 yen coin is the smallest denomination accepted by most vending machines.

Last edited 1 year ago by c_q

Especially when one has a yen for that acquisition.


there are many currencies out there like that. the russian ruble isn’t that much better the yen (at 60 per USD, at least ‘officially’, black market rates even worse). indonesian rupee is much worse at about 15000 per dollar, though at least it is relatively stable and isn’t bouncing around much. of course the worst modern case is the zimbabwe dollar. in the last 20 years zimbabwe has had three re-valuations of its currency for a combined total of 25 decimal places moved. they eventually gave up on their own currency and demonetized it, offering zimbabwe bank account holders 1… Read more »