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Strong Demand for American Coins at Bonhams Sale


The top selling lot at the Bonhams’ Coins and Medals sale on June 1 was a 1929 $5 coin that soared above expectations and fetched $40,950, racing past its high estimate of $25,000.

1929 $5 half eagle
SOLD, for $40,950

The winning bid was placed in the room after a prolonged bidding war. The West Coast auction in which it sold was a well-attended success, selling 94 percent of the 593-lot sale.

The coin is the final year of issue in the Indian $5 gold series. Due to the fact that these American coins were struck just a few years before gold was demonetized in 1933, virtually no examples are known in grades lower than AU. In addition, the 1929 ranks as the scarcest date for the series, making this an exceptionally rare collector’s item.

Additional high points of the auction include:

–A Russian gold medal dated 24 May 1719 depicting Peter I The Great, which realized $29,250. The highly detailed medal commemorates the capture of three Swedish warships during the Great Northern War between Russia and Sweden.

–A gorgeous and virtually untouched MCMVII high relief (1907) $20 that achieved $15,210. The coin was most likely struck at the express request of President Theodore Roosevelt during his redesign of the United States coinage.

–A rare and desirable George II of England Gold 5 Guineas dated 1738. This collectable sold for $11,700, well over its high estimate of $6,000.

–An especially well preserved 1927 Peace $1 graded MS65 by PCGS that fetched $11,115, racing past its high estimate of $2,250. Prime examples are rarely seen of the 1927 issue. The design elements on this silver coin are sharply impressed and the surfaces are free of detracting abrasions.

–A private collection of Washington Quarters from the 1930s through 1964 anchored much of the auction, and every single one of these 200-plus lots were sold amidst active bidding.

Director of Rare Coins and Banknotes Paul Song commented:

Virtually all of the coins in this auction were from estates or small private collections. The freshness of the material to the marketplace was reflected in the overall sell through rate and the prices.”

Bonhams’ next Coins and Medals sale will be held in Los Angeles in September. For more information on this sale please visit www.bonhams.com/auctions/22460/.

Recognized as one of the most dynamic auction houses in the world today, Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers is one of the largest companies of its kind in the world. A house of experts in many fields, Bonhams & Butterfields specializes in the appraisal and sale of fine art, antiques and decorative objects in virtually every auction category. Bonhams & Butterfields continues its tradition as the premier West Coast auction house by providing a wide selection of property in every category combined with excellent customer service and professional expertise.

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