By Carol Achterhof – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
On Sunday, September 13 starting at 10:00 a.m., Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present a special, unreserved auction of over 1,100 lots of rare coins and currency sourced from fine private collections and Maine estates.
Owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “Given the breadth of great numismatic material in this sale, there will be something to appeal to every type of collector, from novice to advanced level.”
The large number of coin lots will span history from ancient periods to the 21st Century and will include fine examples in gold, silver, bi-metal, and copper.
Featured modern coins include a 1996 China Panda gold and silver bi-metallic 500 Yuan coin in original wooden case and red silk box (est. US$30,000-40,000), and a 1998 Tanzania 50,000 gold Shilingi coin honoring animals from the Serengeti Wildlife Park (est. $7,000-7,500). From the ancient collection will be a Corcyra Stater coin from the 4th Century BCE in VG-F condition (est. $4,000-5,000) and a 15th-century Henry VI hammered half noble gold coin with certificate of authenticity (est. $2,500-3,000).
Highlighted among the many fine U.S. gold coins will be an 1873 Liberty Head “closed 3” $20 piece, PCGS graded MS62+ (est. $15,000-18,000); an 1854 $1 Indian Head gold coin, type 2, graded NGC MS64 (est. $11,000-15,000); and an 1849 Norris Gregg & Norris $5 gold, PCGS graded XF-45 (est. $11,000-12,500).
Silver coins will include a 95 piece set of Morgan dollars, complete minus 1895 (est. $21,000-24,000) and an 1884-S Morgan dollar, NGC MS 61 (est. $10,000-11,000). Among the copper offerings will be: a 1793 Flowing Hair half cent coin, VF-25 (est. $13,000-15,000) and a 1955/55 double die Lincoln cent, NGC MS 63+ BN (est. $5,000-5,500).
There will also be many coin collections assembled in albums, mint and proof sets, and paper offerings, such as gold certificates, fractional, Confederate, foreign, and bank currency notes.
The auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 13. All lots can be viewed at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ website, www.thomastonauction.com.
In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts bids via absentee, telephone, and on the internet (via www.invaluable.com, www.auctionzip.com, and www.liveauctioneers.com). The buyer’s premium is 15%. Please call (207) 354-8141 for more information, or to reserve seats in the auction hall.
The gallery will be open for previews on Thursday, September 10 through Saturday, September 12 (between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day).
About Thomaston Place
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is Maine’s premier auction and appraisal company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston. Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering Maine’s antique and fine art treasures by offering Free Appraisals each Tuesday at the Gallery, creating fundraiser events for civic and charitable organizations using its unique Mobile Appraisal Laboratory, and providing house call appraisal services. Their expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.