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Kennedy Gold and Auctions Highlight ANA

August 11, 2014

     The ANA in Rosemont, Illinois attracted thousands, but the majority of the attention was on the sale of the 50th Anniversary 1964-2014 Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof coins and the two auctions hosted by Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

     Demand for the Kennedy Proof Gold coins was so frenzied that half way through the show the U.S. Mint suspended sales of the allocated coins for the rest of the week. The joint decision by the Mint and the ANA was made to “ensure the safety of those wanting to purchase the coin and the safety of their own employees.”

     Lines were long but it paid off for some as coins were purchased and sent directly to the grading services. The first four coins purchased from the Mint were immediately sold to two major dealers. One of those coins, which was certified by PCGS as PR70 Deep Cameo and marked as the ‘1st Coin Sold – Chicago’, was sold to a customer for $100,000. Other coins that were certified as PR70 Deep Cameo have been offered for $3,600 to $5,000 each. These prices will certainly fluctuate as supply and demand warrants. The original sale price of a Kennedy Proof Gold coin from the U.S. Mint was $1,240.

     Heritage Auctions reported prices realized of $35,910,883 for the U.S. coins portion of the ANA Sale. The highest price coin of the sale was the 1792 Silver Center Cent graded MS64 Brown by PCGS. This early pattern sold for $1,997,500 and it also had the CAC sticker. Another high-priced rarity was the 1861 Paquet $20 Gold in PCGS MS61 which realized $1,645,000. This is one of two known, the other being an MS67 certified by NGC. There were two other million dollar coins in this sale; a 1792 Half Disme certified by PCGS as SP67 CAC sold for $1,292,500 and a 1797 Norweb Half Dollar in PCGS MS65+ CAC changed hands at $1,292,500 as well.

     Below are some of the other major highlights of this impressive sale. Please contact Heritage Auctions for a complete list of prices realized.

1795 $10 13 Leaves MS65 PCGS

1795 $10 13 Leaves MS65 PCGS sold for $881,250.00 in Heritage Auctions ANA U.S. Coins Signature Auction in Chicago, August 7, 2014

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1793 Chain Cent AMERICAPCGS MS64 BN CAC$411,250
1793 Wreath Cent Vine & BarsPCGS MS66+ CAC$528,750
1909 VDB Lincoln CentPCGS PR67+ CAC$258,500
1796 Draped Bust DimePCGS MS68 CAC$793,125
1796 Draped Bust QuarterPCGS SP66$881,250
1795 $10 Gold 13 LeavesPCGS MS65$881,250
1856 O $20 GoldPCGS AU53$425,938
1863 $20 GoldNGC PR66 Cameo$381,875
1866 S $20 Gold No MottoNGC MS62$246,750

     Prices realized were not yet available as of this morning for the Stack's Bowers Auction so we will follow up that sale in next week's E-news.

     Though most of the generic U.S. Gold is lower since the last print of HD Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide, there is still a long list of increases for better date coins, especially in the $20 Liberty series. The 1854 S $20 Gold in MS61 is up to $18,750 Market and the 1861 O in AU53 is now $52,000. It seems like low pop rarities in this series climb to new highs every time one becomes available and quickly sells. Other dates showing healthy advances include 1850 O, 51O, 52O, 59S, 62, 63, and 64; all in various grades through AU58.

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