Heritage’s FUN auction already has two $2+ million coins
ORLANDO, FL – A 1793 S-4 Chain Cent, MS66 Brown PCGS Ex: Parmelee-Brand-Naftzger – the second finest PCGS-Certified Chain Cent and the finest with CAC approval – drew gasps and applause from the assembled audience when it realized $2.35 million as the top lot in Heritage Auctions’ Wednesday night, Jan. 7, 2014, Platinum Night Auction at FUN in Orlando, FL. This was the coin’s first public auction appearance since 1890.
The proliferation of $1+ million coins will continue in the Thursday night, Jan. 8, 2014 auction of The Partrick Collection, which contains at least five seven-figure coins based on proxy bids already placed before the auction.
Not to be outdone, a 1907 Ultra High Relief $20 PR68 NGC and PCGS Secure, Ex: Saint-Gaudens Estate, offered for the first time ever at auction, captured national attention on its way to realizing a stunning $2.115 million final price.
“Two coins in a single session, of vastly different history and design, both realizing more than $2 million is a stunning result and speaks to the diversity and enthusiasm in the current market,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “All of us here at Heritage are well-satisfied with these results and with the $26+ million total realized in our Platinum Night auction here at FUN.”
A 1795 BD-1 Half Eagle MS66 NGC, a prime example of the first gold coin design issued by the United States Mint – and the single-finest-certified 18th Century $5 gold piece – produced some fireworks of its own when it brought $587,500 amidst spirited bidding, while a gorgeous 1826 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle MS66 PCGS CAC, of the extremely rare BD-2 Variety, the finest of three examples known and the only one in private hands, found a new home in the auction to the tune of $564,000.
Wrapping up the Platinum Night highlights was a 1792 H10C Half Disme MS63 NGC, one of the finest examples known, which proved popular at $305,500, a 1776 Continental CURRENCY Dollar MS65 PCGS Secure – high-quality pewter example of one of the most enigmatic issues in the early federal coinage series, realized $258,500, an 1884 Double Eagle PR65 Deep Cameo PCGS CAC, the finest of two gem proofs at PCGS, realized $246,750 and a beautiful 1795 Small Eagle $5 MS64 NGC, of the rare and important BD-1 Variety, realized $229,125.
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