Bowers and Merena Kicks Off 2010 with Successful Orlando Rarities Sale

In the first US coin auction of the new decade, an NGC-certified 1879 Flowing Hair Stella is the standout highlight of the sale.

[IRVINE, Calif.] — Bowers and Merena kicked off what promises to be an exciting year with its January 2010 Orlando Rarities Sale. The sale, with nearly 1,000 lots of rare and enticing United States, Colonial and Territorial gold coinage, was conducted in a single session on January 5. Total prices realized for the auction is in excess of $2.5 million.

"We had a strong turnout among bidders in our Orlando Rarities Sale," stated Bowers and Merena President Steve Deeds, "and prices realized for many lots reflected collectors' interests in rare, difficult-to-find coins in premium-quality condition. The stand-out highlight of the sale is lot 743, an 1879 Judd-1635 Flowing Hair Stella certified Proof 66 Cameo by NGC. The dazzling rarity traded hands for $182,500."

"Another gold coin that performed very well is lot 747, an 1802/3 Half Eagle MS 65 NGC," continued Deeds. "This sharply struck, Condition Census rarity brought $115,000 at auction."

Additional highlights from the Orlando Rarities Sale include:

  • Lot 276, 1855 Seated Liberty Quarter, Arrows, MS 66 (NGC), realized $10,350
  • Lot 332, 1927-S Standing Liberty Quarter, MS 66 (NGC), realized $10,063
  • Lot 447, 1879-O Morgan Silver Dollar, MS 65 DPL (NGC), realized $11,500
  • Lot 721, 1849-C Liberty Quarter Eagle, MS 61 (NGC), realized $12,650
  • Lot 734, 1911 Indian Quarter Eagle, Proof 67 (NGC), realized $39,100

For a complete list of prices realized for the January 2010 Orlando Rarities Sale, visit the Bowers and Merena website at or call the firm toll-free at 800-458-4646.

This is a guest article. The thoughts and opinions in this piece are those of their author and are not necessarily the thoughts of the Certified Collectibles Group.

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