Heritage Tampa FUN Platinum Night Auction

Posted on 12/14/2010

The auction will feature 18th-century rarities of early US Mint.

[DALLAS, TX] — “Looking down the line of this auction, there are famous rarities as far as the eye can see,” said Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions. “We’ve searched far and wide to find the best examples of various coinage in response to collector demand. I believe we can safely say that most every level of numismatist will be satisfied with the diverse offerings.”

The 1907 Rolled Edge eagle, PR 67 Satin NGC, is one of five gold coins, all once belonging to Mint Director Frank A. Leach and his son Abraham Leach, making their collecting debut in the auction as The Colonel George M. Monroe Collection. This satin finish proof 1907 with Periods Rolled Edge eagle is a monumental coin that ranks among the most important individual specimens in 20th-century American numismatics and Heritage specialists have had no hesitation in calling the Leach specimen the single finest example of the 1907 Rolled Edge $10 known today.

A 1933 eagle, MS 65 NGC, a new coin in the known census of these treasured issues, and certainly a world-class rarity, follows the top two coins in the auction and should garner more than its fair share of attention from willing buyers. Nearly all of the accepted mintage figure for the 1933 gold eagles (312,500 coins) was melted down, making the emergence of this specimen all the more remarkable and desirable.

In addition to the O’Neal 1909-O half eagle, important earlier New Orleans gold provides several more highlights. The single finest known New Orleans double eagle, an 1852-O example graded MS 65 NGC, a coin that has been off the market for decades, shows up next in the Platinum Night offerings and has already been creating a buzz with erudite collectors. The most famous New Orleans double eagle rarity, an 1856-O XF 40 NGC, affords collectors a chance to acquire an example of this much sought-after coin. The issue recently returned to prominence a newly discovered specimen consigned by the heirs of James Bullock. It garnered $345,000 in Heritage’s September Long Beach Auction.

Collectors of early American numismatics are sure to thrill to the presence of two important late 18th-century coins at Platinum Night, the first being the famous 1795 S-79 Reeded Edge cent, Fine Details, The Newcomb-Hines-Sheldon Specimen, last publicly offered in 1977 – the most coveted of all Sheldon numbered large cents – and an amazing Gem Prooflike 1795 Small Eagle half eagle, BD-6, R.5, with blundered obverse and reverse, certainly among the early Mint’s most interesting issues, that will appeal equally to collectors of early issue American gold.

A Gem 1804 bust quarter, the single finest certified, B-1, Ex: Colonel Green, Jerome Kern, an important quarter from only the second year of the production of the denomination, has proven a popular and important early entry into the FUN auction, while the 1831 50C AU 53 NGC. O-120, R.6 from the featured Allgood Collection is an attractive example of prime Bust half dollar for collectors looking to add to their holdings.

Further highlights include, but are not limited to the 1907 High Relief, Flat Rim, double eagle, MS67+, the Frank A. Leach Specimen.

Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $600 million, and 500,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit www.ha.com

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