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Gold and silver coins, ingots, proof sets and special issues ready to ring the register at Stephenson’s Jan. 23 Coin Auction

Sealed US Mint bags of Jefferson nickels and Lincoln pennies a special attraction

Precious metals have long been viewed as a safe harbor for investors who are riding out stock-market dips. For many, the preferred way to establish a private metals-based hedge fund has been to purchase gold, silver and other rare coins from a trusted auction house like Stephenson’s of suburban Philadelphia. Their January 23, 2015 Coin Auction includes an extensive variety of options for collectors’ consideration, from an American Eagle $5 gold coin to uncirculated silver dollars and proof sets.

GSA Morgan Dollars
GSA Morgan Dollars

The core of the sale consists of two estate collections, one of which was sourced through a financial adviser in the Mid-Atlantic region. “We have worked with the adviser before, auctioning property on behalf of his other clients, so we were pleased to receive a call from him about a coin collection,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auctioneers.

The second of the two headlining collections comes from another estate already familiar to Stephenson’s. “We auctioned the actual residence and sold other pieces from this estate. The consignor was very pleased and decided to entrust us with additional items, including gold jewelry and coins,” Stephenson said.

Auctioneer, ISA-accredited appraiser and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation member Tom Wakeley selected several auction lots for special mention. One of them, Lot 56, is a pair of 2½-oz Marian Anderson gold medallions by American Arts. Another, Lot 9, comprises 10 uncirculated sterling silver Panamanian 20-Balboa coins struck by the Franklin Mint.

Also noteworthy, Wakeley said, is the selection of United States Morgan and Peace silver dollars interspersed throughout the sale, with Lots 33 through 38 expected to draw the highest bids. “Those six Morgan silver dollars are from the Carson City [Nevada] Mint, which makes them very desirable to collectors,” Wakeley said. Each comes with a numbered certificate from the mint.

Foreign proof sets will cross the auction block, including silver sets privately issued by United States Commemorative Gallery. Among the nations represented in the coinage are Panama, Trinidad and Jamaica.

Lots 72 through 86 consist of United States proof sets from the 1950s, a decade favored by collectors. In addition, there are U.S. 1-oz Silver Eagles, a 1990 American Eagle $5 gold coin, and many Mercury dimes, Walking Liberty half dollars, and large cents. Also to be offered are two sealed US Mint bags of uncirculated 1963P Jefferson nickels ($200 face value) and 1963 Lincoln pennies ($50 face value), respectively.

 1860 Medallion First Embassy from Japan.” Signed by “Paquet,”
1860 bronze Medallion Signed by “Paquet,”

An unusual entry is a bronze medallion that was struck at the U.S. Mint to commemorate the “1860 First Embassy from Japan.” Signed by “Paquet,” this particular issue has been known to fetch high prices. “I’ve seen a medallion of this type sell for as much as $2,500 at auction,” Wakeley noted.

Rounding out the sale are Federal Reserve notes, Star notes, Columbian Exposition half dollars, state quarters (some colorized), a 2,000-grain Franklin Mint Independence Hall silver ingot, and many other sought-after numismatic items.

Stephenson’s Friday, January 23, 2015 Coin Auction will commence at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Bidders also may participate by phone, absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable or AuctionZip.

“This is our first time to include Internet live bidding in one of our coin events,” said Stephenson. “We’re adding the Internet feature to more and more of our specialty sales. We tried it out with our last firearms auction and it worked very well for us, so now we’ll see how coin buyers respond to it.”

The pre-auction inspection at Stephenson’s gallery will be held on Thursday, January 22 from 3-6 p.m., or on auction day from 9-10 a.m. The gallery is located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966.

View the fully illustrated online catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at, or

For additional information on any lot in the sale, call Tom Wakeley at Stephenson’s Auctioneers: 215-322-6182 or e-mail [email protected]. Visit Stephenson’s Auctioneers online at

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