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America’s 1st Silver Dollar on Display at ANA World’s Fair of Money

GreatCollections ANA $30 Million display. Image: GreatCollections.
GreatCollections ANA $30 Million display. Image: GreatCollections.

GreatCollections, the official auctioneer of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), will display America’s first Silver Dollar – officially the world’s second-most-valuable coin – as part of a $30 million group of trophy coins and banknotes at booth 201.

Two years ago, the 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar was acquired by GreatCollections for a record $12 million from Las Vegas collector Bruce Morelan. It was the first coin to break the $10 million mark when it was sold at a 2013 auction and is widely believed to be the very first Silver Dollar struck by the United States Mint.

Other rarities on display include the 1861 Gold Double Eagle with Paquet Reverse, the finest of just two known examples, which is valued at over $8.5 million, as well as a superb Proof 1869 Gold Double Eagle, the finest of the dozen known.

Paper money collectors will love seeing the display of the Coronado Collection of Red Seal #1 National Banknotes – the most extensive ever formed. The 73 notes from 48 different states will be auctioned by GreatCollections in late August through January 2025.

“The owners of the 1794 Silver Dollar and 1861 Paquet Double Eagle have graciously allowed us to display their museum-quality trophy coins and notes at the ANA so they can be enjoyed by as many collectors as possible – and it’s our pleasure to facilitate – Over the past few years, we have displayed about $200 million of major rarities at conventions,” said Ian Russell, President of GreatCollections.

Additional information about the special highlights on display:

1794 Silver Dollar PCGS SP-66 CAC

  • Purchased by GreatCollections for $12 million in 2022, the world’s second-most valuable coin (the Fenton 1933 Double Eagle realized $18.9 million in 2021)
  • Believed to be the very first Silver Dollar struck by the U.S. Mint
  • Out of the original 1,758 struck, about 140 are known to have survived in all grades

1861 Gold Double Eagle Paquet Reverse PCGS MS-67 CAC

  • Currently valued at $8.5 million
  • The finest of only two examples known

1869 Gold Double Eagle PCGS Proof-66+ DCAM CAC

  • The finest of about a dozen known
  • Proof Gold is one of the strongest areas of numismatics

Coronado Collection of Red Seal National Banknotes – All Serial #1

  • The most extensive and valuable collection of Red Seal National Banknotes to be offered for sale
  • 48 different states, with 25 duplicates
  • Many “trophy notes” including Fairbanks, Alaska; Nogales, Territory of Arizona; Leadville, Colorado; Ocala, Florida; American Falls, Idaho and Roswell, Territory of New Mexico
  • Will be auctioned by GreatCollections over five months starting in August 2024

The 2024 ANA World’s Fair of Money will be held from August 6-10, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois. Visitors can view these iconic pieces of U.S. history at GreatCollections’ table #201 along with other auction highlights.

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GreatCollections, the official auction house of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), specializes in auctioning certified coins and banknotes, handling transactions from start to finish. Since its founding in 2010, GreatCollections has successfully auctioned over one million certified coins, making it one of the leading certified coin companies in the United States, with annual sales in 2021 exceeding $235 million. Ian Russell, owner/president of GreatCollections, is a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and a member of the National Auctioneers Association.

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  1. I had heard that Ralph Edwards, host of This Is Your Life on Television in the 1950s was a great coin collector, and he might have owned one of the two Sir Oswald 1794 silver dollars. You know that the actor, Adolph Monjeau was a great coin collector.


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