Exclusive Video of the Tacasyl Proof Gold Coin Collection Being sold by Bonhams

paul_song2Paul Song, Director, Bonhams
Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com ……..

A collection of 27 lots representing a virtually complete collection of every major gold coin design type issued in Proof in the United States between 1836 and 1915 realized $10,778,040 at auction.

Highlights of the sale included an 1880 Coiled Hair $4 Stella that sold for a record breaking $2.754 million.  An 1879 Coiled Hair Stella brought $1,041,300 also setting a new record.

Bonhams‘ Director Paul Song talks about the sale, the prices and the bidding that took place



Record $2.754 Million Price for 1880 Coiled Hair Stella Gold Coin at Bonhams. VIDEO: 3:08.

Joining the ranks of the 10 most valuable coins in the world is this NGC Proof 67 example of the $4 Coiled Gold Stella coin. See the auction bidding as this coin sells in Los Angeles, California at Bonhams.



1879 Coiled Hair Gold Stella Coin Breaks $1 Million at Bonhams Auction. VIDEO: 3:10.

One of the most desirable gold coins in the United States series more than doubled its previous sales price when a NGC Proof 67 Coiled $4 Stella coin sold for $1,041,300 at Bonhams Auctions in Los Angeles. This coin was one of 27 lots offered in the Tacasyl Collection that has broken multiple records for value of US gold coins. Watch the auction bidding as it takes place for this historic coin.



1880 Flowing Hair Gold Stella Coins Sells for Almost $1 Million  VIDEO: 2:29.

Another record breaking price at the Tacasyl Collection of gold coins that sold in Los Angeles by Bonhams auction house was the 1880 Flowing Hair gold Stella graded Proof 67 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. See the room of bidders as this rare coin sells.



Bidder Comments at Bonhams’s Tacasyl Gold Collection Auction. VIDEO: 2:06.

Paul Song, Director, Bonhams, Adam Crum, Vice President, Monaco Rare Coin
Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com.

The auction sale of the Tacasyl Gold Coin Collection set many records for United States gold coin prices. Hear the comments of some of the people at the sale who share what it was like to be part of one of the legendary sales in numismatics.


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Bonham’s Los Angeles salesroom.

Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The Bonhams name is recognized worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist category.

The Coins and Medals Auction 20992 hights were the The Tacasyl Collection of Magnificent United States Proof Gold Coins consiting of of 27 lots representing a virtually complete collection of every major gold coin design type issued in Proof in the United States between 1836 and 1915.

The online auction Catalog is available Here, and the NGC Press Release is shown below. Also the Bonhams Press Release can be viewed Here

In addition you may view the pre-sale CoinWeek Video Interview with Bonhams Directort Paul Song Here


NGC Press Release

NGC Graded Tacasyl Collection Sets World Records

The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) certified “Tacasyl Collection of Magnificent United States Proof Gold Coins” was sold by Bonhams in Los Angeles on September 23 with several world record prices achieved. This collection of 27 lots represented a nearly complete type set of every major US gold design issued in Proof between 1836 and 1915 and achieved $10,778,040 at auction with every lot sold. The astounding $399,186 lot average represents a world record for a rare coin collection on a per lot basis and nearly doubled the previous record.

“I am absolutely thrilled with Bonhams results of the NGC graded Tacasyl Collection of Magnificent United States Proof Gold Coins,” said the owner of the collection, who wished to remain anonymous. “I put this collection together to have the finest known proof gold type set ever formed, and once this task was completed, I was happy to reoffer them to the collecting public. I was really gratified by the professionalism and expertise of Paul Song and his colleagues at Bonhams, as well as the grading service, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, who worked closely with Bonhams to make the auction of my coins a truly historic event.”

1880_coil_hair_stella_ngc_holderThe 1880 Coiled Hair $4 Stella graded NGC PF 67 Cameo led the sale. This example is tied for the finest known of this extremely rare issue and brought an astonishing $2,574,000 or more than doubling the presale estimate. This Stella is now one of the ten most expensive US coins ever sold at auction.

The NGC PF 67 Cameo 1879 Coiled Hair $4 Stella nearly doubled the previous high for the design and date, realizing an astonishing $1,041,300. And the 1880 Flowing Hair Stella graded NGC PF 67? also doubled the previous record for the type selling for $959,400. Along with the 1879 Flowing Hair $4 Stella in NGC PF 67 Cameo, this four coin set of Stellas sold for an incredible total of $4,855,500.

Other highlights from the collection included the 1891 Proof Double Eagle (NGC PF 68? Ultra Cameo), which set a new world record as the most valuable Liberty Head Proof Double Eagle ever sold at auction at $655,200. In addition, the Tacasyl example of the Saint-Gaudens 1907 High Relief Double Eagle in NGC PF 69 set a new world record for the type when it sold for $573,300. It is a remarkably well preserved example of what many consider to be the most desirable US coin design.

The 1863 Type One Liberty Head Double Eagle graded NGC PF 65 Cameo brought $345,150 and set an auction record for the date. The last two lots of the sale, both Saint-Gaudens double eagles, easily exceeded their pre-sale high estimates: the 1909 (NGC PF 68) brought $184,860 and the 1911 (NGC PF 68) brought $157,950.

“These prices realized represent a significant landmark for the rare coin market,” said Mark Salzberg, chairman of NGC. “We are honored that the entire collection was graded by NGC and congratulate Paul Song and Bonhams on a phenomenal sale.”

About Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®)

NGC, the world’s largest and most respected third-party coin grading service, was founded in 1987. From the beginning, NGC has committed itself to developing an impartial, trusted standard of consistent and accurate grading. To uphold this commitment, NGC’s full-time grading professionals are no longer active in the commercial coin marketplace, and are prohibited from buying or selling coins to ensure impartiality. As NGC has grown to become the leader in third-party grading services, we have maintained a steadfast and uncompromising commitment to this standard. Learn more at NGCcoin.com.

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