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Pikes Peak Collection Featured in Long Beach World Coin Auction

Heritage’s September 7-12, 2011 September Long Beach Signature World & Ancient Coins Auction contains perhaps the finest collection of rarities from around the world that Heritage has ever offered in a single auction. Included amongst these great coins is The Pikes Peak Collection, an outstanding collection of fascinating gold issues from around the world.

World Gold Coins from Eliasberg CollectionThe consignor of The Pikes Peak Collection has long had a love for coins, starting a small collection as a child. About 15 years ago, he decided to collect world gold coins, challenging himself to collect an appealing example from as many different countries as he could. The April 2005 offering of Louis Eliasberg’s world gold coins was pivotal for the consignor; the record-setting auction made him realize how rare elite world gold coinage could be.

He has collected more than 100 of Eliasberg’s pieces, both rarities and more accessible issues, all pedigreed on their certified holders. He recommends that any collector purchasing one of the Eliasberg pieces obtain a copy of the April 2005 catalog as well; his practice of buying books and catalogs relating to his coins let him acquire the necessary knowledge to build a great library alongside a great collection.

The consignor has several favorites among the Eliasberg pieces, including the Austria-Salzburg 6 Ducat of 1628, which commemorates the dedication of the Salzburg Cathedral, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played the organ more than a century later, and the Franz Joseph I 1896 9 Ducat of Hungary, which commemorates the millennium of Hungary and is one of the coins seen in the famous portrait of Eliasberg from the 1953 Life magazine article (with a copy of the magazine accompanying the lot).

Other favorite coins include the 1945-1946 4 Pound gold issue struck by the U.S. for the Saudi Arabian oil trade, of which he collected seven examples, and an 8 Baht gold coin of 19th century Thailand, the only example he ever encountered (and a coin Eliasberg never owned).

A few of the additional highlights of The Pikes Peak Collection include:

France-Dombes. Gaston d'Orleans France-Dombes. Gaston d'Orleans
8 Baht 8 Baht
Victoria Proof Una & The Lion Victoria Proof Una & The Lion

This collection and the rest of the Heritage Long Beach offerings are open for bidding now at HA.com/Coins!

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Heritage Auction Galleries is one of the world's largest collectibles auctioneers. Besides offering rare and valuable U.S. and world coins and currency, Heritage offers ancient coins, exonumia, antiques, comic books, sports memorabilia, and many other collectibles. The firm is based in Dallas, Texas.

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