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Three Coins for $9.87 Million

January 13, 2014

     Heritage Platinum Night at this year’s FUN Show opened with the 1787 Brasher Doubloon realizing $4,582,500. Many dealers feel this was a very conservative price and could have easily eclipsed the $7 million mark. This coin is graded MS63 by NGC and also has the CAC label. It will definitely headline a major collection in the near future.

     Next on the list of the foremost rarities was the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel. This is best known as the Hawaii Five-O star; it is certified by NGC as PR64 and CAC also agreed with the grade. The selling price was $3,290,000. With two of the original five coins held by the Smithsonian and the ANA, it may be some time before one comes up for auction again.

     The 1927 D $20 Saint Gaudens was the third tremendous rarity in this Heritage sale and it is the key to the series. It is one of those very elusive coins that are rarely seen on the market. This one is certified by NGC as MS66 and it sold for $1,997,500. This coin was once owned by Dr. Steven Duckor who continues to amaze even the top dealers across the country with his fantastic ability to identify top quality U.S. Gold.

1927 D $20 Saint Gaudens certified by NGC MS66 sold for $1,997,500

1927 D $20 Saint Gaudens certified by NGC MS66 sold for $1,997,500 at the 2014 January 8-12 Heritage Auctions FUN Show U.S. Coin Signature Auction in Orlando

     Below you will find a list of some other sensational coins from Heritage Auctions at FUN.

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1793 Wreath Cent Vine & BarsPCGS MS65 BN CAC$211,500
1918/7 D Buffalo NickelPCGS MS64$64,625
1798/97 Bust Dime 13 Stars RevPCGS MS62 CAC$58,750
1822 Bust Quarter 25/50CPCGS PR65 CAC$229,125
1918/7 S Standing Liberty QuarterPCGS MS66$94,000
1838 O Bust HalfNGC PR64 CAC$763,750
1921 S Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS65+ CAC$105,750
1794 Flowing Hair DollarPCGS XF40$305,500
1870 S Seated DollarPCGS XF40$763,750
1884 Trade DollarPCGS PR65 CAC$998,750
1922 Peace Dollar High Relief MatteNGC PR67$329,000
1848 $2 ½ Gold CAL.PCGS MS64$176,250
1879 $4 Gold Stella Coiled HairPCGS PR66 Cameo$851,875
1826 $5 Gold Capped BustPCGS MS66 CAC$763,750

     There were many other highlights with some commanding strong premiums over current levels. However, there were also some coins that sold at relatively bargain prices. The buyers appeared to be a little on the conservative side. Many seem to be waiting on the direction of metals and the overall economy.

     From common dates to better dates, most dealers are looking for Silver Dollars for their customers. Many of the better to rare dates are drying up and prices are not the problem. Locating the right coins is a major challenge in this market. There are numerous increases in this week’s Morgan and Peace Dollar charts and the only reason there are not more for the rare dates is that they are not available.

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