Five important, high-quality collections, assembled by collectors with the exclusive assistance and mentoring of Laura Sperber and George Huang of Legend Numismatics were sold on Thursday, October 24, 2019, in New Orleans, held in conjunction with the October 2019 PCGS Members Only Show.
The special auction, consisting of 184 lots, brought five very special consignments to the market.
The CC Collection That Should Not Exist was a carefully assembled set of Carson City Mint Morgan dollars with vivid, brilliant toning that rank among the very finest toned CC mint dollars. The AMG Collection was a set of Proof Barber Dimes, all PCGS/CAC, and very high end for their assigned grades (a minimum of PR66). Two classic rarities from the Bruce Morelan Collection; Part II of the Young-Dakota Collection; and the Coronet Gold Collection drew bidders to the Big Easy.
Taking top honors at the sale was a GEM PR66 CAM PCGS/CAC 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, which realized a total of $270,250 USD. This coin, a highlight of the Coronet Collection, drew serious presale bidding activity. This price and all others reported include the 17.5% buyers premium.
Several of the other highest-grossing lots came from the world-class Coronet Collection, including lot 173, an 1852 half eagle graded MS66+ by PCGS and approved by CAC, which realized $123,375 on an estimate of $67,500-$75,000. This was a world record price! Also beating its estimate was lot 181, an “ultra-high-end monster” 1850 double eagle, which brought $199,750 to a top Legend Numismatics customer. This amazing piece stayed in the Legend family of collectors and brought a world record price!
“What I envisioned with this sale was to showcase some of the world-class collections that George and I have exclusively helped build over the years,” said Laura Sperber, founder of Legend Rare Coin Auctions, and President of Legend Numismatics. “While the public might only associate me and my firm as building multi-million dollar collections, we have helped collectors with all budgets build great sets (like the AMG PR Barber Dime set). I think that this sale, featuring only coins that we placed with our collector clients, proves that. When we work with you to build your collection, we become your partner in the project, providing advice and sourcing coins that no one else can. Each coin placed into these collections was carefully selected for its high quality and outstanding visual appeal.”
“While our sister firm built these collections with the owners,” Sperber continued, “when the time came to sell, these collectors took advantage of Legend Rare Coin Auctions. Each coin got the care and attention that they deserve, and I think the results speak for themselves. Our customer’s success is our success”
Stay tuned for the watch list from our amazing December Auction to posted shortly.