Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries of Lexington, Kentucky, has been selected to broker the sale of the famous Duke’s Creek Collection of Dahlonega Half Eagles. The 27-coin collection has been graded and encapsulated by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and will be on display at Mid-American’s booth (#s 508 and 510) at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 7 to 11, 2012.
The Duke’s Creek Collection was carefully assembled over many years by the late Jack Hancock and Bob Harwell, with the choicest pieces from three significant collections of Dahlonega gold. It comprises a complete set of Dahlonega Mint issues, and virtually every coin is the finest known or nearly so.
Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries, in association with Hancock & Harwell, first handled the Duke’s Creek Collection in 2004. At that time, the one dollar through three dollar pieces were sold individually at auction, while the half eagles remained intact and were purchased by a serious collector. This collector has now selected Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries to once again handle the sale of the Duke’s Creek Collection.
“It is a pleasure to handle this magnificent collection for the second time,” commented Jeff Garrett, president of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries. “We originally selected NGC to grade the collection in 2004, and have since had the half eagles reholdered in NGC’s Scratch-Resistant EdgeView Holder. The display is more impressive than ever, and we’re really looking forward to showcasing it at the ANA show.”
A few highlights of the collection include:
1838-D NGC MS 63*
Ex: Coles Collection (Stack’s, 10/1983); Arthur Montgomery Collection (Auction ’84, Stack’s, 7/1984); Farmer Collection; Hancock & Harwell
1841-D NGC MS 65+
Ex: James Stack Collection (Stack’s, 10/1994); Ed Milas Collection (Stack’s, 5/1995); Hancock & Harwell
1846-D/D NGC MS 66
Ex: Stack’s (3/1993); Hancock & Harwell
1849-D NGC MS 65
Ex: Farmer Collection; Hancock & Harwell
1854-D NGC MS 67*
Ex: Fairfield Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1977); Arthur Montgomery Collection (Auction ’84, Stack’s, 7/1984); Ed Milas Collection (Stack’s, 5/1995); Hancock & Harwell
Finest Southern gold coin
1861-D NGC MS 64
Ex: Paul Kagin; Heritage Auctions; Hancock & Harwell
All 27 half eagles will be on display at Mid-American’s booth at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, and you can view them online at www.rarecoingallery.com/Dukes. For any questions about the collection and its sale, contact Jeff Garrett at 877-836-0833 or [email protected]
About Jeff Garrett and Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries
Jeff Garrett is president of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries. An accomplished writer and researcher, he is the valuations editor for A Guide Book of United States Coins (the “Red Book”) and has co-authored several books, including Significant Auction Records of United States Coins, 100 Greatest United States Coins (NGL Book of the Year winner) and United States Coinage — A Study by Type. Garrett is a consultant to the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution and is considered one of the world’s preeminent coin graders.
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries was founded in 1984 with a mission to provide collectors with value, quality and expertise. Mid-American attends every major coin show and auction in the United States and has handled nearly every coin listed in the Red Book. For more information, call 859-276-1551 or visit rarecoingallery.com