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Famed 1913 Liberty Head Nickel Sold for $4,560,000

August 20, 2018

     There were two official auctioneers for the just completed 2018 ANA World’s Fair of Money, and both provided many amazing rare coins including some famed rarities. At the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Rarities Night, much of the attention was on the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel graded PCGS PR66 with CAC approval, which realized an astonishing final price of $4,560,000. Brought to auction from the family of Dr. William Morton-Smith, this coin was also once part of the Louis Eliasberg Sr. collection and is the finest of 5 known.

1913 Liberty Head Nickel PR66 PCGS CAC

1913 Liberty Head Nickel PR66 PCGS CAC sold for $4,560,000 at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 14-17, 2018

     Top quality rare date Morgan Dollars will always attract attention as did the 1895 O Morgan in PCGS MS66, which sold for $336,000. The NumisMedia Market value for the MS66 is $340,000; there are just three certified in this grade with just one higher at MS67. Some of the other highlights from this sale are listed below, please contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries for a complete list of prices realized.

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1793 Large Cent Wreath Hair Vine & BarsPCGS MS64+ BN$99,000
1795 Large Cent Jefferson HeadPCGS F15$60,000
1811/0 Large CentNGC MS63 BN CAC$102,000
1804 Draped Bust DimePCGS AU58$252,000
1802 Draped Bust DollarNGC MS65$132,000
1921 Peace DollarPCGS MS67$132,000
1934 Peace DollarPCGS MS67 CAC$108,000
1879 $4 Gold Stella Flowing HairPCGS PR66+ Cameo CAC$300,000
1873 CC $5 GoldPCGS MS61$168,000
1887 $5 GoldPCGS PR65 Cameo CAC$144,000
1921 $20 Gold St. GaudensPCGS MS62$90,000
1915 S $50 Gold Pan-Pac RoundPCGS MS65$174,000

     At the Heritage Auctions Platinum Night, the newly discovered 1854 S $5 Gold in NGC XF45 sold for $2,160,000. This is one of only four known coins, two others are in private hands and one is in the Smithsonian. Also highlighted, the 1796 Liberty Cap Half Cent with Pole in PCGS MS66+ CAC sold for $630,000; this is the finest known coin for the date. Below are some of the many highlights from this sale; please contact Heritage Auctions for a complete list of prices realized.

1854 S $5 Gold NGC XF45

1854 S $5 Gold NGC XF45 sold for $2,160,000 at Heritage Auctions ANA World’s Fair of Money U.S. Coins Signature Auction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 14-20, 2018

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1794 Half Cent Liberty CapPCGS MS65 BN CAC$204,000
1871 CC Seated DimePCGS MS65$264,000
1794 Flowing Hair Half DollarPCGS AU58 CAC$192,000
1827 Bust Half DollarPCGS PR66 CAC$192,000
1838 Bust Half Reeded EdgePCGS PR66+ CAC$336.000
1853 Seated Half Arrows & RaysPCGS PR65 CAC$228,000
1794 Flowing Hair DollarNGC AU58 CAC$780,000
1794 $4 Gold Stella Flowing HairPCGS PR66$240,000
1907 $10 Gold Indian Wire RimNGC MS67+ CAC$312,000
1852 O $20 GoldNGC MS65$300,000
1870 CC $20 GoldPCGS XF40$228,000

     Gold has dropped over $160 an ounce since April 16th, currently at $1,188, and Silver is at $14.68. Proof Silver Eagles in the OGP are trading at $34-$35 each and one ounce Proof Gold Eagles are $1,215. Ninety percent Silver bags are wholesaling at $10,300 and Silver Dollars in VG and better are $21,025.

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