Heritage is proud to present our February 22-26 auction of US coins at the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo, one of the finest February Long Beach auctions we have offered in some time. The Featured Collections in this auction are quite impressive, none more so than the Admiral Collection.
Quite simply, The Admiral Collection is one of the finest early eagle and Liberty Head $10 collections ever assembled, ranking among the all-time great eagle collections including Eliasberg, Warren Miller, Harry W. Bass, and Dallas Bank. Often, the caliber of a fine $10 dollar gold set is measured by the quality of a few key dates — if they are outstanding, it is almost certain the balance of the coins will be remarkable as well.
Such is the case with The Admiral Collection. Among early eagles, it offers splendid opportunities such as:
- 1795 $10 13 Leaves, BD-1, AU58 NGC
- 1795 $10 9 Leaves, BD-3, AU55 NGC
- 1796 $10 BD-1, AU58 PCGS
- 1797 $10 Small Eagle, BD-1, AU53 NGC
- 1804 $10 Crosslet 4, BD-1, MS60 NGC
Not to be outdone, the Liberty Head tens are equally distinguished by rare dates in high grades, including:
- 1858 $10 MS61 NGC
- 1860-S $10 AU55 NGC
- 1862-S $10 AU58 NGC
- 1864-S $10 XF40 PCGS
- 1873-CC $10 AU55 NGC
- 1875 $10 AU50 NGC
- 1876 $10 AU50 PCGS
- 1877 $10 MS60 PCGS
This spectacular collection of Draped Bust and Liberty Head Gold Eagles contains rarity after rarity, proving once and for all that, although this is the most challenging denomination to collect in American numismatics, even today a superb collection is possible. The set is complete for all Guide Book varieties excluding the rare 1798/7 variety with seven stars left, six star right and the extremely rare 1804 restrike proof novodel Plain 4 (just four pieces known). It certainly ranks among the finest specialized sets ever put together for these two series. Many coins from this important consignment derive from populations of 75 coins or fewer. Some pieces represent the absolute finest examples extant or the highest-graded coins ever offered at public auction. A vast majority of the coins grade in Mint State or About Uncirculated.
Expect spirited competition for these offerings. Many coins are unseen in decades and represent once-in-a-generation opportunities.