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American Numismatics at Stack’s Bowers Spring 2024 Showcase Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Spring 2024 Showcase Auction


25 March-3 April 2024

US-Costa Mesa

Featuring specialized cabinets and important rarities, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles 2024 Spring Expo presents a diverse range of items from all series of American numismatics, including U.S. coins and currency, Numismatic Americana, and Physical Cryptocurrency. Truly one of the most impressive and diverse offerings in recent memory. Specialized curated cabinets, long off the market collections, singular rarities and Registry Set quality coins abound in multiple live and online sessions.

The first session of the sale presents the Richard Margolis Collection Part 1. Centering around the thinkers, leaders, and events leading to and related to the American Revolution, this collection features an impressive selection of Betts and Comitia Americana medals. Additionally the sale offers a remarkable offering of terracotta portraits by Jean-Baptiste Nini and porcelain medallions by Wedgwood and others featuring George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and other heroes of the American Revolution. Mr. Margolis spent over half a century traveling the United States and Europe in search of items to add to his cabinet, many of which have not appeared at auction before. Many pieces are very rare, some are unique in private hands, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities abound.

Session Two continues with Numismatic Americana, anchored by another specialized collection of historical importance, the Ronald A. Slovick Family Collection of Indian Peace Medals. Stack’s Bowers Galleries has a long track record of selling fabled Indian Peace medal collections, and the Slovick Collection features pieces pedigreed to many of the great sales of the past five decades. Included in the session’s impressive offerings are many scarce and rare pieces including a remarkable Gem oval gold Washington Funeral medal and the unique Washington Sansom medal in gold. Also featured are a number of significant collections including silver Civil War tokens from the Windy City Collection and rare medals from the Lucius S. Ruder Collection.

Lot 3001: 1652 Oak Tree Shilling. Noe-1, Salmon 1-A, W-430. Rarity-3. IN at Left. AU-55 (PCGS).

Lot 3001: 1652 Oak Tree Shilling. Noe-1, Salmon 1-A, W-430. Rarity-3. IN at Left. AU-55 (PCGS).

Session Three is dedicated to colonial coins and pre-federal issues and begins with a high grade Oak Tree Shilling. The diverse offering in this session includes a fabulous selection of Massachusetts copper cents and half cents that features many different die varieties and boasts interesting pedigrees.

The Spring 2024 Rarities Night Session offers over 400 incredible lots, sourced from many different collections, including the Arlington Collection (Seated Liberty half dollars), the Barbaro Acres Collection, Part II (three cent silvers, twenty cent pieces, and early gold), the James DeAngelis Collection (high end type coins), the Finger Lakes Collection (mostly conditionally challenging 20th century issues), the George Collection (put together between the 1850s to the 1930s), the John Henry Leh Collection (small cents from Flying Eagle to Lincoln), and the William B. Pordobel Collection (focused on mid-19th century gold coins from famous shipwrecks). Below is a selection of the highlights offered in Rarities Night:

Lot 4009: 1794 Liberty Cap Cent. S-24, B-8. Rarity-1. Head of 1794, Apple Cheek. MS-64+ BN (NGC). CMQ.

Lot 4009: 1794 Liberty Cap Cent. S-24, B-8. Rarity-1. Head of 1794, Apple Cheek. MS-64+ BN (NGC). CMQ.

  • Lot 4009. 1794 Liberty Cap Cent. S-24, B-8. Rarity-1. Head of 1794, Apple Cheek. MS-64+ BN (NGC). CMQ.
  • Lot 4011. 1856 Flying Eagle Cent. Snow-9. Proof-63 (PCGS). Gold CAC. CMQ-X.
  • Lot 4031. 1955 Lincoln Cent. FS-101. Doubled Die Obverse. MS-65 RD (PCGS).
  • Lot 4064. 1802 Draped Bust Half Dime. LM-1. Rarity-5. AU-50 (PCGS). CMQ.
  • Lot 4084. 1834 Capped Bust Quarter. B-1, FS-901. Rarity-1. O/F in OF. MS-65+ PL (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 4089. 1870-CC Liberty Seated Quarter. Briggs 1-A. AU-50 (NGC).
  • Lot 4110. 1839 Liberty Seated Half Dollar. Drapery. Proof-64 (NGC). Unique. Ex Brand-Pittman-Kaufman-Gardner
  • Lot 4114. 1847/6 Liberty Seated Half Dollar. WB-9, FS-301. Rarity-5. MS-62 (PCGS).
  • Lot 4154. 1948 Franklin Half Dollar. MS-68 FBL (PCGS). CMQ.
  • Lot 4160. 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. BB-27, B-5. Rarity-1. Three Leaves. AU-53 (PCGS). CAC. CMQ.
  • Lot 4169. 1864 Liberty Seated Silver Dollar. OC-1. Rarity-2. Repunched Date. MS-65+ (PCGS). CAC. CMQ.
  • Lot 4186. 1886-O Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS). CMQ.
  • Lot 4233. 1833 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. BD-1. Rarity-5. MS-63 PL (PCGS).
  • Lot 4236. 1841 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. MS-60 (PCGS). CMQ. Famed “Little Princess” Rarity
  • Lot 4243. 1911 Indian Quarter Eagle. JD-1. Rarity-4. Proof-67+ (PCGS). CMQ.
  • Lot 4257. 1884 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. JD-1. Rarity-4+. Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS). CAC. CMQ.
  • Lot 4264. 1879 Four-Dollar Gold Stella. Flowing Hair. Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, JD-1. Rarity-3. Gold. Reeded Edge. Proof-67 Deep Cameo (PCGS). CMQ.
  • Lot 4271. 1807 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle. BD-8. Rarity-2. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC. CMQ.
  • Lot 4285. 1866 Liberty Head Half Eagle. JD-1. Rarity-7-. Proof-65 (PCGS). CAC. OGH. CMQ-X.
  • Lot 4300. 1929 Indian Half Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC. CMQ.
  • Lot 4353. 1861-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. A.C. Paquet Reverse. EF-45 (PCGS).
  • Lot 4365. 1870-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-50 (PCGS).
  • Lot 4384. MCMVII (1907) Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. High Relief. Specimen-63 (PCGS). CMQ.
  • Lot 4415. 1851 Augustus Humbert $50. Reeded Edge. K-5. Rarity-5-. 880 THOUS., Target Reverse. AU-55 (PCGS). CAC. CMQ.

Sessions Five and Eight present a wide array of U.S. federal coins, from the 1793 half cent to the most recent issues of the U.S. Mint. Popular series are very well represented from the named collections described above, as well as from other important consignors. Selections of interest include:

Lot 5034: 1856 Flying Eagle Cent. Snow-3. Repunched 5, High Leaves. Proof-12 (PCGS).

Lot 5034: 1856 Flying Eagle Cent. Snow-3. Repunched 5, High Leaves. Proof-12 (PCGS).

  • Lot 5034. 1856 Flying Eagle Cent. Snow-3. Repunched 5, High Leaves. Proof-12 (PCGS).
  • Lot 5060. 1909 Indian Cent, MS-64 BN (NGC), with “First Cent Coin” Document Signed January 2, 1909 by Rhine R. Freed, Coiner, U.S. Mint at Philadelphia (NGC).
  • Lot 5171. 1909 Liberty Head Nickel. Proof-68 (PCGS).
  • Lot 5220. 1839 Liberty Seated Half Dime. No Drapery. V-2. Repunched Date. MS-67 (PCGS).
  • Lot 7026. 1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Reeded Edge. 50 CENTS. GR-1. Rarity-2. AU-58 (PCGS).
  • Lot 7034. 1847 Liberty Seated Half Dollar. WB-2. Rarity-3. Repunched Date. MS-65 (PCGS).
  • Lot 7187. 1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-67+ (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 7230. 1871 Liberty Seated Silver Dollar. OC-7. Rarity-2. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 7239. 1879-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. VAM-3. Top 100 Variety. Capped Die. MS-62 (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 7278. 1884-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-67+ (PCGS).
  • Lot 7407. 1849-C Gold Dollar. Close Wreath. Winter-1. AU-58 (PCGS).
  • Lot 7424. 1868 Gold Dollar. MS-66 (PCGS).
  • Lot 7561. 1907 Indian Eagle. No Periods. MS-65+ (PCGS).
  • Lot 7625. 1883-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-58 (CACG).
  • Lot 7709. 1926-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS).
  • Lot 7020. “1866” (1868) Pattern Three Dollars. Merriam Fantasy. Judd-C1866-1, Pollock-5080, Cunningham 15-740X. Rarity-7+. Gold. Reeded Edge. MS-67 (NGC).

Session Seven offers another incredible installment from the Fairmont Collection, featuring strong date runs of $5, $10, and $20 gold pieces from 1834 to the 1920s. This group – the Mont Blanc Set – comes on the heels of the record-setting sales of the Hendricks, JBL, CBL, CAG, Rhone, and Kronen sets from this amazing collection, which Stack’s Bowers Galleries has presented in sales in 2022 and 2023. With such astounding success realized by these earlier selections, this presentation is sure to be another milestone event for specialists in U.S. gold coins. All 345 coins in the Mont Blanc Set have been certified by PCGS, and a majority (175 coins) also feature approval by CAC. Highlights from the set include:

  • Lot 6047. 1865-S Liberty Head Half Eagle. AU-53 (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 6057. 1879-CC Liberty Head Half Eagle. AU-58 (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 6073. 1890-CC Liberty Head Half Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 6103. 1909-O Indian Half Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS).
  • Lot 6109. 1911-D Indian Half Eagle. MS-63 (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 6120. 1916-S Indian Half Eagle. MS-63 (PCGS).
  • Lot 6121. 1839/8 Liberty Head Eagle. Type of 1838, Large Letters. EF-45 (PCGS).
  • Lot 6161. 1862 Liberty Head Eagle. AU-58 (PCGS).
  • Lot 6195. 1893-CC Liberty Head Eagle. AU-58 (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 6245. 1858-O Liberty Head Double Eagle. Winter-2. AU-55 (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 6260. 1866-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. No Motto. AU-53 (PCGS).
  • Lot 6268. 1871-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-53 (PCGS). CAC.
  • Lot 6299. 1885-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS).
  • Lot 6306. 1891-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-60 (PCGS).
Lot 8001: 2011 Bitbills 1 Bitcoin Card. Loaded. Firstbits 16D29Xiv. Genuine (PCGS).

Lot 8001: 2011 Bitbills 1 Bitcoin Card. Loaded. Firstbits 16D29Xiv. Genuine (PCGS).

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has also curated two physical crypto auction sessions as part of their Spring sale, with Part 1 opening for live bidding on Thursday, March 28 and Part 2 taking place on Tuesday, April 2. The sale kicks off with a truly historic BitBills 1 Bitcoin card, which represents the direct precursor to the coin format that would soon be popularized by Casascius and other series. It is followed by a parade of treasures including a Casascius 5 Bitcoin, Casascius 1 Bitcoins in silver and brass, an unfunded Casascius 100 Bitcoin Bar, rarities from the Lealana series in silver, prized “Poker Chips” from the BTCC, Satori, and Mantis Cryptos series, and more than 200 other desirable pieces. This is both the first dedicated crypto sale since the approval of Bitcoin spot ETFs earlier this year, and also the last such offering before the Bitcoin Halving event scheduled for mid-April. The firm is anticipating tremendous interest among collectors.

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Spring 2024 U.S. Currency sale will feature over 800 outstanding lots crossing the block in Sessions Six and Ten.

“This is one of the most diverse and historically interesting Spring Showcase Auctions we have put together,” declared Brian Kendrella, President of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. “With an incredible selection of rarities across all series of U.S. coins, from early American copper to 19th century gold, Morgan dollars to silver eagles, there is something for everyone. For those with interests outside of regular issue U.S. coins, the Richard Margolis Collection and the Ronald Slovick Family Collection offer magnificent opportunities that may not recur for generations.”