This highly anticipated, semi-annual auction features over 400 lots of rare, commemorative, and international coinage, as well as historically important and visually stunning bank notes, certificates, and charters
By Morphy Auctions ….
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is pleased to announce this top-tier sales event to be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016, starting at 9:00am. All lots from this sale are on display in Morphy’s auction gallery and available for preview now.
It makes perfect cents that this auction will tempt collectors with over 300 fine coins on offer, with examples dating from the 18th century onward. Lot #42, a 10¢ seated Liberty Dime from 1883, deserves a standing ovation. This coin, featuring Lady Liberty sitting on a rock with a liberty pole in one hand and a shield in the other, was produced from 1837 through 1891 and is estimated at $1,700 to $1,900.
Lady Liberty also makes a head-turning appearance on lot #88, a rare “5 over 2” Capped Bust half dollar from 1815, estimated at $5,000 to $7,000. Due to the political and logistical realities of the War of 1812, the United States minted very few coins made from silver or gold in the early 18-teens. This 1815 half dollar was only minted 47,150 times; the fewest of any Capped Bust Half Dollar series produced.
Silver dollars are a sterling category in this auction, with almost 50 examples on offer. Coin enthusiasts will without a doubt bank on lot #161, an outstanding 1884-O Morgan Silver Dollar, estimated at $2,000 to $2,400. This rarity was designed by mint engraver George Morgan and was in production from 1878 to 1904 and then again in 1921.
This auction’s money trail leads directly to an outstanding selection of about 100 cut sheets, certificates and bank notes. Lot #312, a $5 Silver Certificate from 1899, is illustrated with the bust of handsome Indian in full headdress on the front and a prominent “V” on the back. This headliner is estimated at $5,750.00 to $6,500. Lot #317, a $10 Fr. 120 United States Note, is also a big deal. It features a huge American bison on the front and a statuesque Lady Liberty on the back. This currency, referred to as a “Bison” in the trade, is estimated at $4,000 to $5,000.
According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, “We are excited to welcome collectors from all over the world to this exceptional sale. The full range of coins and paper currencies available all but guarantees that there is something for everyone. The event’s fine selection of notes and sheets is particularly eye catching and appealing. Each is a beautifully rendered, small snapshot of the United States at critical time points in her development. These should be of great interest to numismatists as well as historians of our great country.”
About Morphy Auctions
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is headquartered in Denver, Pennsylvania. The company also has an office in Las Vegas, Nevada. A full-service auction house, the company presents over 30 premier auctions annually, as well as monthly discovery sales. Morphy’s team of specialists includes the nation’s finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, petroliana and automobilia; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; and jewelry. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories. Morphy’s has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade. For more information on Morphy Auctions, please visit www.MorphyAuctions.com.