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Heritage Auctions Realize $16.9 Million at Long Beach

June 9, 2014

     Several dealers voiced the opinion that this was one of their best Long Beach Shows ever. It also appeared to be one of the largest that we can remember in the last twenty years. The bourse room was full most of the time and dealers reported an unusual amount of retail sales to the public. Of course we heard the usual complaint that there was not enough new material. But this can be typical of most shows with newer supplies selling early on leaving dealers with their older inventory to market.

     The show was also boosted by the Heritage Auction which contained an amazing array of rarities that attracted some phenomenal bids. The 1912 $20 Saint Gaudens in PCGS PR67 with a CAC sticker brought $193,875. There were only 74 coins minted and only one certified in this grade by PCGS. NGC has certified 12 coins in PR67 with one in PR68*. CAC has approved just two coins in PR67. We previously noted the CAC Market value at $150,000 which is sure to increase.

1912 $20 Saint Gaudens in PCGS PR67 CAC sticker brought $193,875

1912 $20 Saint Gaudens in PCGS PR67 with a CAC sticker brought $193,875 in Heritage Auctions U.S. Coins Signature Auction in Long Beach

     Another very remarkable coin in this sale was the always popular 1889 CC Morgan Dollar in PCGS MS64. This coin was well struck with no major distractions and the final price realized was $105,750, well above the previous Market price of $72,500. With only 74 coins combined by PCGS and NGC in MS64 this date seems to attract higher prices every time it is available, especially when it is this nice. The following list shows some of the other highlights from this major Heritage Auction.

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1841 Half CentNGC PR64 Red$14,100
1793 Large Cent Chain AmericaPCGS F15$22,325
1909 VDB Lincoln CentPCGS PR64 RB$24,675
1918 S Buffalo NickelPCGS MS65+ CAC$22,325
1861 S Seated DimePCGS MS64 CAC$41,125
1918 D Mercury DimePCGS MS66 FB$88,125
1870 CC Seated QuarterPCGS F15$21,150
1808 Bust HalfPCGS MS64 CAC$23,500
1839 Seated Half No DraperyPCGS MS64$41,125
1895 Morgan DollarNGC PR66 Cameo$82,250
1911 D $2 ˝ Gold IndianPCGS MS65$49,938
1845 $5 GoldNGC PR64 Cameo$158,625
1909 O $5 Gold IndianNGC MS61 CAC$47,000
1879 O $10 GoldPCGS MS61$88,125
1850 O $20 GoldPCGS MS61 CAC$111,625
1854 O $20 GoldNGC AU55$381,875
1886 $20 GoldPCGS AU50$82,250
1926 D $20 Gold St. GaudensPCGS MS64$41,125

     The majority of adjustments in this week’s Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide can be found in the $20 Gold Liberty chart. While generics drifted lower over the past few weeks, the better dates have been in strong demand. At least 33 different dates of TI and TII Liberties are showing increases in various grades from VF to MS64. For example, the 1854 S in MS62 is up to $22,250 Market, 1857 O in AU53 is higher at $14,500, and the 1867 in MS63 is now at $20,500. Many of these dates were in tremendous demand at the Long Beach Expo.

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