NGC and Bowers and Merena Auctions present one of the finest collections of 1907 Gold Coinage

Posted on 10/13/2004

The Rod Sweet Collection Part II has been graded in its entirety by NGC, and the coins will be offered in Bowers and Merena’s Mandalay Bay Rarities Sale on October 29, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Florida real estate developer Rod Sweet has assembled a truly remarkable collection, the centerpieces of which are Mint and Proof Sets of 1907 Gold Coinage. This is a very popular year in the U.S. gold series due to the introduction of what many numismatists consider to be the two most beautiful coins in our nation’s history: the Indian Eagle and the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. Rod’s belief in the importance and desirability of this single year resulted in his pursuit of not only the business strikes, but also the proofs. As such, his collection includes an example of the beautiful and rare proof Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, as well as examples of the specimen deliveries for the 1907 Liberty Quarter Eagle, Half Eagle, Eagle, and Double Eagle. Among the business strikes, two of the Indian Eagles are of special significance. The elusive Wire Edge and Rolled Edge coins, while technically patterns, are typically collected as part of the regular issue series. Both are scare-to-rare in all grades, the Rolled Edge particularly so with just 42 examples having escaped destruction in the Mint.

Rod’s keen eye for quality is also readily evident in the 1907 Gold Sets. All of the coins are at or near the top of the grading scale for their respective issues, and their eye appeal is breathtaking.

The Rod Sweet Collection Part II also includes a complete Civil War Set (1861-1865) of proof Three-Dollar gold pieces, the “bookends” of which are the rare 1861 and 1865. The coins grade Proof 65 or Proof 66, and most are Cameo, if not Ultra Cameo.

Rod Sweet also assembled a stellar quality 1882 Proof Set that is complete from the Three-Cent Nickel through the Morgan Dollar. Many Cameo and Ultra Cameo coins are included, and the set is of uniform Gem-to-Superb Gem quality.

Visit the Bowers and Merena website,, to view detailed lot descriptions for all of the coins in the Rod Sweet Collection. Online bids are also being accepted at that address. The Mandalay Bay Rarities Sale, in which the Rod Sweet Collection is being offered, is scheduled for October 29, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Coins from the Rod Sweet Collection Part II

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