$27 Million Realized in Price Collection and Platinum Night Sessions
Platinum Night at the Baltimore World’s Fair of Money has come and gone, and what a success it was! In total, over $27 million in great coins sold in Thursday’s evening sessions. Overall, this auction is expected to bring in nearly $40 million; sessions continue online through Sunday at HA.com/coins.
The Ed Price Collection, a fascinating and complete die study of Heraldic Eagle dimes and quarter eagles, led off the night’s festivities, realizing $5.7 million in enthusiastic and aggressive bidding. A copper 1792 Disme pattern, graded PR62 Brown by NGC and probably the second finest known, highlighted this collection, realizing $690,000. An 1804 14 stars dime, graded AU58 and believed to be the finest 1804 dime of either variety, brought $632,500. Other highlights from the Ed Price Collection included:
* 1796 10C MS67 NGC. JR-4, R.3. Sold for: $299,000
* 1797 10C 13 Stars MS65 NGC. JR-2, R.4. Sold for: $402,500
* 1798/97 10C 13 Stars on Reverse MS63 PCGS. CAC. JR-2, R.6. Sold for: $103,500
* 1798 10C Small 8 MS66 NGC. JR-3, R.5. Sold for: $253,000
* 1802 10C MS62 NGC. JR-4, R.4. Sold for: $138,000
* 1803 10C MS64 NGC. JR-3, R.4. Sold for: $322,000
* 1804 10C 13 Stars on Reverse AU55 NGC. JR-1, R.5. Sold for: $149,500
* 1796 $2 1/2 No Stars XF40 PCGS. CAC. BD-1, R.7. Sold for: $207,000
* 1796 $2 1/2 No Stars MS61 PCGS. CAC. BD-2, R.4. Sold for: $276,000
* 1796 $2 1/2 Stars MS62 NGC. BD-3, R.5. Sold for: $207,000
* 1797 $2 1/2 AU55 NGC. BD-1, R.6. Sold for: $103,500
* 1804 $2 1/2 13 Star Reverse AU55 NGC. BD-1, Low R.7. Sold for: $322,000
Platinum Night proper saw over $21.5 million in rare coins change hands, including one of the two known 1825/4 half eagles. Graded AU50 by NGC, this extremely rare piece realized an impressive $690,000. A 1921 double eagle graded MS64, both an absolute and a conditional rarity, brought $474,375. A 1944-S cent struck in steel and graded MS66, one of only two known 1944-S steel cents and by a wide margin the finest 1944 steel cent from any mint, sold for $373,750. And last but not least, lunch with Heritage co-founder Jim Halperin brought $12,650, with all proceeds including the Buyer’s Premium to be donated to the ANA.
Other highlights of Platinum Night included:
# 1796 50C 15 Stars, O-101, R.5 AU58 PCGS. Sold for: $207,000
# 1839-O 50C PR64 NGC. CAC. Sold for: $195,500
# 1889-CC $1 MS65 NGC. Sold for: $287,500
# 1855 $50 Wass Molitor Fifty Dollar MS61 NGC. CAC. Sold for: $207,000
# 1879 $4 PR64 Cameo PCGS. Sold for: $195,500
# 1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS68 NGC. CAC. Sold for: $322,000
# 1930-S $20 MS66 PCGS. Sold for: $253,000
# 1931-D $20 MS66 PCGS. CAC. Sold for: $253,000
# 1859 Indian Cent, Judd-229a, Snow-PT5, Unique–Dual Obverse Mule–MS62 PCGS. Sold for: $195,500
# Kellogg & Humbert MS Gold Ingot. 126.44 Ounces. Sold for: $253,000
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