Bowers and Merena to Kick-Off 2005 Auction Year

Posted on 12/15/2004

James W. Lull and Excalibur Collections to Lead the Way

Bowers and Merena will be conducting the first major numismatic auction of 2005 with its Ft. Lauderdale Rarities Sale. The sale will be conducted January 9, 2005 at:

Radisson Bahia Mar
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

For lot viewing times both at Bowers and Merena’s Irvine, California headquarters and on-site in Ft. Lauderdale, call the firm at 800-458-4646.

“With more than 1,400 lots of stunning numismatic rarities, our Ft. Lauderdale Rarities Sale promises to be one of the most important auctions of the New Year,” said Bowers and Merena President Steve Deeds. “Leading the way in anchor consignments is the James W. Lull Collection—in our opinion, the finest type set of business strike coinage ever offered at auction. Virtually all coins in the collection grade Gem or Superb Gem, and many are the finest known for their respective issues. Additional coins are tied for finest known honors at the two major grading services.”

According to Bowers and Merena Director of Numismatics Jeff Ambio: “The Excalibur Collection also includes some of the most important highlights in our Ft. Lauderdale Rarities Sale. It has been said that the Excalibur Collection is the finest set of proof Morgan Dollars available on the market, and it certainly ranks as one of the top collections of its kind anywhere. The set includes 14 coins graded Proof-67 or finer, and examples of branch mint proofs struck at New Orleans, Carson City, and San Francisco.”

Bidders should look for the online version of the Ft. Lauderdale Rarities Sale at the Bowers and Merena website,, around the middle of December 2004. Internet bids will be accepted at that address, and information about our Live Online Bidding feature can also be found there. To order a printed catalog, contact Bowers and Merena at 800-458-4646.

Highlights from the James W. Lull Collection:

1833 Half Cent NGC MS 67 BN – FINEST KNOWN
1858 Three-Cent Silver NGC MS 67 – TIED FOR FINEST KNOWN
1861 Three-Cent Silver NGC MS 68 - TIED FOR FINEST KNOWN
1864 Three-Cent Silver NGC MS 68 - TIED FOR FINEST KNOWN
1938-D Buffalo Nickel NGC MS 68 – TIED FOR FINEST KNOWN
1855-O Arrows Half Dime NGC MS 68 – TIED FOR FINEST KNOWN
1821 Small Date Dime NGC MS 67 – FINEST KNOWN
1837 No Stars, Large Date Dime NGC MS 68 – FINEST KNOWN
1839 No Drapery Dime NGC MS 68 - TIED FOR FINEST KNOWN
1853 Arrows Dime NGC MS 69 - FINEST KNOWN
1874 Arrows Dime NGC MS 69 – FINEST KNOWN
1887 Dime NGC MS 68 - FINEST KNOWN
1911-S Dime NGC MS 68 – FINEST KNOWN
1874 Arrows Quarter NGC MS 67 – TIED FOR FINEST KNOWN
1852 Half Dollar NGC MS 67 – TIED FOR FINEST KNOWN
1795 Draped Bust Silver Dollar NGC MS 66 – TIED FOR FINEST KNOWN

Highlights from the Excalibur Collection of Proof Morgan Dollars:

1878 8TF NGC PF 66 Cameo
1878 7TF Rev of 78 NGC PF 65 Cameo
1879 NGC PF 66 Cameo
1880 NGC PF 69
1881 NGC PF 69
1883 NGC PF 65
1884 NGC PF 66 Cameo
1885 NGC PF 65 Cameo
1887 NGC PF 67
1888 NGC PF 67 Ultra Cameo
1889 NGC PF 66
1890 NGC PF 65 Cameo
1891 NGC PF 67 Cameo
1892 NGC PF 68 Cameo
1894 NGC PF 66
1895 NGC PF 68 Ultra Cameo
1896 NGC PF 68 Ultra Cameo
1897 NGC PF 66 Cameo
1898 NGC PF 68 Cameo
1899 NGC PF 67 Cameo
1900 NGC PF 68 Cameo
1902 NGC PF 66
1903 NGC PF 67
1904 NGC PF 65

Additional Highlights from the January 2005 Ft. Lauderdale Rarities Sale:

1795 Half Dollar NGC MS 63
1855 Gold Dollar NGC MS 66
1911 Quarter Eagle NGC Proof 68
1854-D Three-Dollar NGC AU 55
1841-D Half Eagle NGC MS 63
1903 Half Eagle NGC PF 67 Cameo
1908 Motto Eagle NGC PF 66
1915-S Eagle NGC MS 66
1930-S Eagle NGC MS 67
1902 Double Eagle NGC PF 65

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