Stack’s Bowers Galleries, preeminent auctioneer of rare coins and paper money, will present more than 3,000 lots of U.S. coins, tokens, medals, exonumia and other Americana-related items as part of its New York Americana Sale, January 22–24, 2013.
The lots will be offered in three floor sessions at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York office January 22–23, followed by a special Rarities Night Auction and Cardinal Collection session, Thursday, January 24, at 6 p.m. ET at the Le Parker Méridien Hotel. An online session featuring shell cards, advertising mirrors, U.S. coins and other Americana-related items will also be offered.
“In my years of experience handling great collections and rare coins, I have seen few sales that can compare to our current Americana Sale in terms of breadth and depth of U.S. coin and related offerings,” said Chris Napolitano, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. “We are especially excited to offer The Cardinal Collection, which includes some of the rarest and most eagerly sought United States coins of any denomination, type or date struck during the late 18th and 19th centuries.”
Formed over a period of years by Martin Logies, one of America’s best-known coin connoisseurs, The Cardinal Collection is recognized as one of the most significant collections ever assembled in the history of U.S. numismatics. The highlight of the collection is the finest known 1794 silver dollar, graded Specimen-66 by PCGS and affirmed by CAC. As perhaps the first silver dollar struck, it will be one of the most important United States coins ever to cross the auction block. The finest certified 1792 silver half disme is another prime showpiece in the collection, representing the first federal coinage. A Gem 1793 Chain AMERICA large cent will attract attention, as well as a 1793 Wreath cent graded MS-69 BN by PCGS — a level never reached by any other large cent regardless of type.
David Lisot of CoinTelevision.com interviewed Martin Logies, Curator of the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation at the Long Beach Expo in June of 2010, after the Foundation purchased the coin from Steven L. Contursi of Rare Coin Wholesalers for $7,850,000, setting a new record as the world’s most valuable rare coin.
Other highlights from the January 2013 New York Americana Sale include:
Lot 10615 — 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony NE Shilling. Noe 3-B. Rarity-7. EF-40 (PCGS). Secure Holder.
Lot 10704 — 1787 Excelsior Copper. W-5800. Indian and Eagle on Globe. AU-55 (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 10774 — 1776 Continental Dollar. Newman 1-C. CURENCY. Pewter. AU-58 (PCGS). Secure Holder.
Lot 13001 — 1793 Chain Cent. S-2. AMERICA. No Periods. MS-65 BN (PCGS). CAC. From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Ex: Collins-Beckwith-Naftzger.
Lot 13002 — 1793 Wreath Cent. S-9. Vine and Bars Edge. MS-69 BN (PCGS). OGH. From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Ex: Brand-Sheldon-Naftzger.
Lot 13003 — 1793 Liberty Cap Cent. S-13. AU-53 (PCGS). CAC. Secure Holder. From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Ex: Collins-Brand-Loring-Boka.
Lot 13004 — 1794 Liberty Cap Cent. S-18B. Head of 1793. MS-64 BN (PCGS). CAC. From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Ex: McCoy-Levick-Parmelee-Mills-Garrett-Adams.
Lot 13007 — 1796 Liberty Cap Cent. S-91. MS-66 BN (PCGS). CAC. From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Ex: Sheldon-Naftzger-Holmes.
Lot 13015 — 1803 Draped Bust Cent. S-243. Stemless Wreath. MS-66 RB (PCGS). From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Ex: Reed-Helfenstein-Naftzger.
Lot 13018 — 1805 Draped Bust Cent. S-269. MS-66 BN (PCGS). CAC. From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Ex: Sheldon-Naftzger-Holmes.
Lot 13025 — 1813 Classic Cent. S-293. MS-65 BN (PCGS). CAC. From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Ex: Chandler-Snow.
Lot 13093 — 1792 Half Disme. MS-68 (NGC). From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Ex: David Rittenhouse, first director of the U.S. Mint.
Lot 13094 — 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. B-1, the only known dies. Silver Plug. Specimen-66 (PCGS). CAC. From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation. Ex: Neil-Carter-Contursi.
Lot 13109 —1793 Wreath Cent. S-9. Vine and Bars Edge. MS-64 BN (PCGS). OGH.
Lot 13111 — 1794 Liberty Cap Cent. S-31. Head of 1794. MS-66 BN (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 13126 — 1922 No D Lincoln Cent. Strong Reverse. MS-63 RB (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 13140 — 1919-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-66 (PCGS). PCGS Pop: 2/0.
Lot 13170 — 1876-CC Twenty-Cent Piece. MS-65 (PCGS). Secure Holder.
Lot 13183 — 1901-S Barber Quarter. MS-65 (PCGS).
Lot 13218 — 1838 Gobrecht Silver Dollar. Name Omitted. Judd-85 Restrike. Rarity-7+. Proof-66 * (NGC).
Lot 13227 — 1895-O Morgan Silver Dollar. Specimen-65 (NGC).
Lot 13257 — 1943 Lincoln Cent–Struck on a Bronze Planchet–AU-55 (PCGS). Secure Holder.
Lot 13262 — 1944 Lincoln Cent–Struck on a Steel Planchet–MS-64 (PCGS). Secure Holder.
Lot 13288 — 1824/1 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. MS-64+ (NGC). Ex: Stellar.
Lot 13290 — 1831 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle. MS-66 (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 13291 — 1839-D Classic Quarter Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS). CAC. Ex: Stack-Stellar.
Lot 13292 — 1854-S Liberty Quarter Eagle. AU Details (NGC).
Lot 13299 — 1854-O Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-63 (NGC).
Lot 13309 — 1805 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle. BD-1. MS-65 (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 13314 — 1812 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle. BD-1. Wide 5 D. MS-65 (PCGS). CAC. OGH.
Lot 13351 — 1920-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-63 (PCGS). CAC.
Session One kicks off Tuesday, January 22, at 11 a.m. ET with Colonial and Early American Coinage, followed by selections of coins from all denominations, from copper half cents to gold $20 eagles, including many rarities and finest known examples. American tokens and medals will be offered as well.
Lot viewing will begin January 17, at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries, located at 110 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. Online bidding is open and pre-auction bids will be accepted at stacksbowers.com; by email at [email protected]; by phone at 949.253.0916; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by postal mail addressed to Stack’s Bowers Galleries, January 2013 New York Americana Sale, 1063 McGaw Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA, 92614. Interested bidders are also encouraged to view lots onsite in New York, in-person at the live auction and online . Printed catalogs are available upon request by calling 800.458.4646. All lot descriptions and images in the January 2013 New York Americana Sale can be viewed online at stacksbowers.com.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries is currently accepting consignments for the March 2013 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, the May 2013 Official ANA New Orleans National Money Show and the August 2013 Official Auction of the ANA Chicago World’s Fair of Money. To consign, please call 800.458.4646 (West Coast) or 800.566.2580 (East Coast). To consign world coins and currency to our April 2013 Hong Kong Auction or the August 2013 Official Auction of the ANA Chicago World’s Fair of Money, please call 800.458.4646 (West Coast) or 800.566.2580 (East Coast).
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International Inc., combines the extraordinary histories of Stack’s, the oldest rare coin auction and retail company in America, with Bowers and Merena Auctions, one of the world’s preeminent auctioneers of rare coins and paper money. The two companies unite to share a combined legacy that spans more than 100 years, and includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable collections to ever cross an auction block — the John J. Ford, Jr. and Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. collections, The Harry W. Bass Jr., Collection, and The Norweb Collection — to name just a few. Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin: the legendary 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle that realized an astounding $7.59 million (sold in partnership with Sotheby’s). The company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New York, New Hampshire and Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including the 2013 ANA World’s Fair of Money and the ANA/PNG Pre-Show, the 2013 ANA National Money Show, and the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, three times yearly.