A Gala Event!
Beginning on Thursday afternoon at five o’clock at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) convention in Anaheim (8 PM Eastern Daylight Time) our Rarities Night will get underway. Year after year, Rarities Night has been a tradition — a highlight numismatic event. Get set for a gala evening as many scarce, rare, and interesting coins cross the block. You can participate in person if you are attending what everyone considers to be the greatest convention of the year, or you can participate live and in real time on the Internet, a “you-are-there” experience. Either way, you will have the opportunity to bid on and buy many great coins.
The catalog is in your hands (or the sale is on your screen). Copper, nickel, silver, and gold highlights await you. Let me mention just a few gold treasures:
The Bull Run Collection is a featured consignment and has been off the market for nearly two decades! Yes, an exclamation point is deserved, as these are “fresh” coins that are new to the majority of today’s buyers. To put the icing on the cake, all are in “ancient” Old Green Label PCGS holders, and some have been recently stickered by CAC. Quality comes to the fore.
A number of these are old friends — such as the 1875 Gem Proof-65 quarter eagle (one of the rarest dates of the era) that we fondly remember from our sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg U.S. Gold Coin Collection in 1982. We also give a nod to the Gem 1860 twenty from the same event. Other Gem Mint State and Proof coins will draw bids from far and wide, as will incredible silver coins.
The Kiev Collection also brings to us a sense of déjà vu–as it includes many superb Gem Proof gold coins from our Eliasberg sale.
The Edgar B. Lupfer Collection comprises early eagles, a complete collection of 1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition commemoratives (with the original presentation case and descriptive card), and more.
Our offering of Dean’s Liberty Head Eagles, the finest PCGS Registry Set, would all by itself make a great catalog. If you are a specialist in gold you know that of the denominations of Liberty Head issues — $1, $2.50, $3, $5, $10, and $20 — the $10 coins as a class are the rarest and the most difficult to find in higher grades. Opportunity is the key word here.
As I mentioned in our main sale catalog of American coins, tokens, and medals, the market is strong today, and I anticipate it will continue to be into 2017. If anything, the world political situations and various complexities of the economy, not to overlook near-zero returns on many money-market and related investments, have prompted many people to spend money on things they enjoy.
While the past is no guarantee of the future, it has been my experience over a long period of time (my first auction was in 1957 and the first Stack’s sale was in 1935) that consigning coins or collections to us has been the best way to realize top dollar when selling.
Rather than getting several offers, or even a dozen, auctioning your collection through Stack’s Bowers Galleries will reach the world’s most active, most dynamic buyers — with new faces joining us every day. By consigning to us you tap into the most successful rare coin auction company the world has ever known. Not only do we hold the very top records for individual rarities and whole collections, we have sold far more of these than has any other firm.
Our consignment rates are very competitive. And, we take care of everything. There are no extra fees or charges. As part of our program you obtain the expertise of what I like to refer to as our Dream Team of numismatists! There is no equivalent anywhere. All you need to do is cash our generous check!
Thinking of selling? Contact one of our consignment directors today.
In the meantime, enjoy Rarities Night. On behalf of our worldwide staff, I thank you for your participation.
Q. David Bowers
Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries