Dallas, TX. Heritage Auction Galleries has set the record for the most valuable ANA Auction ever! Significant and classic rarities from all series in American numismatics, most of them offered in the Platinum Night catalogs, smashed the previous record of $27.7 million set last year at the Milwaukee ANA event.
The auction was held in Baltimore July 30 - Aug. 3, in conjunction with the World's Fair of Money summer convention of the American Numismatic Association. Total prices realized for the American coins are currently $41,022,713, and will rise further when the post auction buys are finalized.
"This was Heritage's 38th Official ANA Auction, a record in itself!" enthused Heritage C.E.O. Steve Ivy.
"We were very pleased with our results in Milwaukee last year, and we think Baltimore has demonstrated the absolute strength of the market for important and high quality coins. Such high prices realized also mean a record-setting check will be provided to the ANA to support their educational and membership programs.
We also take great pride that our total was 50% higher than our previous ANA record, and double that accomplished by any other ANA auctioneer. Heritage delivered for the ANA."
A $5,000 finder's fee reward is being offered by Kagin's, Inc. of Tiburon, California for confirmation of the second known gold coin counter-stamped with the genuine hallmark of Baltimore silversmith, Standish Barry.
The only coin now known with the hallmark is the unique 1735 imitation Lima 8 escudos that was found in the collection of legendary Baltimore banker, Louis E. Eliasberg Sr.
Announcement of the finder's reward was made by Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D., President of Kagin's, when he displayed the counter-stamped doubloon at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money convention.