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Finest Known 1913 Liberty Head Nickel to “Cross the Block” in Philadelphia

1913 Liberty Head nickel graded Proof 66 by PCGS / Eliasberg Collection.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the sale of the finest-known 1913 Liberty Head nickel graded Proof 66 by PCGS and pedigreed to the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection. In 1996 this specimen was the first coin in the world to cross the million-dollar threshold.

Today in 2018, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is honored to again present the Eliasberg 1913 Liberty Head nickel at public auction. It comes from the family of Dr. William Morton-Smith, an old-time collector whose numismatic interests were spurred by a remarkable discovery.

Dr. Morton-Smith (Bill) hailed from an old-time Boston family whose passion for collecting goes back generations. As in any family, certain heirlooms pass down through the generations, and in this particular circumstance, a beautiful antique Colonial desk was inherited by Bill. As he was combing through the desk discovering its many features, he came across a compartment that housed a coin collection consisting of colonial coins, half cents, large cents, a complete set of Proof Liberty Head nickels, and much more. These had once belonged to his great grandfather. Bill was amazed that the coins had been in the desk all this time. He determined to learn all he could about them and add to the collection. He spent decades adding important rarities to this prized cabinet started generations before.

1913 Liberty Head Nickel PCGS PR-66

The Morton-Smith family has chosen Stack’s Bowers Galleries to once again showcase a legendary rarity from their holdings. It will be a highlight in the firm’s August 2018 Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. This is not the first time Stack’s Bowers Galleries has worked with the family; previously they were selected to bring to market Bill’s 1804 dollar, pedigreed to the Berg and Garrett collections, and his 1794 dollar, the Lord St. Oswald/Norweb specimen.

The Dr. William Morton-Smith/Eliasberg 1913 Liberty Head nickel will be on display at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries table at the upcoming Central States Numismatic Convention April 25-28 in Schaumburg, Illinois; the Long Beach Convention, June 14-16; the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore. June 21-24; and other major shows between now and August. Private viewings are also available by appointment. To schedule a viewing please contact company president, Brian Kendrella at 800-458-4646.

The sale will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, on the evening of Wednesday, August 15. Bidders can participate in person, or by Internet, mail, or telephone (by previous arrangement). For more information call 800-458-4646 or visit

To consign your coins, tokens, medals or paper money alongside this historic coin, contact a Stack’s Bowers Galleries consignment specialist at 800-458-4646 (West Coast) or 800-566-2580 (East Coast).

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About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.

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 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.

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