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Bowers and Merena Realizes Over $2.5 Million in Philadelphia Expo Pre-show Coin Auction

Bowers and Merena Auctions, America’s leading rare coin and currency auction house, presented the Official Pre-show Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Philadelphia Expo on September 22, 2009. The two-session auction realized $2,520,460.

bm_lord_balt_092109“Philadelphia was a wonderful choice for this Whitman show and Bowers and Merena’s pre-show auction,” said Steve Deeds, president of Bowers and Merena. “The city is so rich in American history which lends itself to the real nature of what we do in numismatics, and we were very fortunate to be able to present an extensive selection of rare Colonial and Early Federal Era coinage that was very much in keeping with this historic theme. The turnout was great and we are very pleased with our results.”

A highpoint of the day came early with lot 15, an undated (circa 1659) Lord Baltimore Shilling graded MS-61 by PCGS, the Eliasberg Specimen, which realized an impressive $57,500. A definite highlight of the extensive Colonial-era coinage that Bowers and Merena offered in the sale, this Lord Baltimore Shilling is the highest graded by PCGS and may very well be the finest-known example of the type.

Additional highlights include:

Lot 12 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony Pine Tree Shilling. Large Planchet. W-740, Noe-8, Crosby 1b-D. $43,700

URS-9.Monogrammed NE in Legend. MS-64 (PCGS).

Lot 15 Undated (Circa 1659) Lord Baltimore Shilling. W-1080, Hodder -1A, Breen-64. URS-6. $57,500

Large Portrait, MARIAE. MS-61 (PCGS).

Lot 23 1787 Immune Columbia Copper Pattern. W-5680, Breen-1137. URS-8. IMMUNIS COLUMBIA, $25,300

Large Eagle Reverse, Plain Edge, Narrow Planchet. MS-64 BN (PCGS).

Lot 40 1818 New Spain (Texas) Jola. W-8542, Breen-1082. URS-6. Large Planchet. AU-58 (PCGS). $28,750

Lot 41 1820 North West Company Token. W-9250, Breen-1083. URS-9. Brass. VF-25 (PCGS). $8,050

Lot 135 1922 No D Lincoln Cent. FS-401 (FS-013.2), Die Pair II. Strong Reverse. MS-64 BN (NGC). $30,018

Lot 611 Fr. 304. 1908 $10 Silver Certificate. PCGS Superb Gem New 67PPQ. $17,710

Lot 1709 1926-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-65 (PCGS). $25,300

Prices realized for all lots in the Bowers and Merena Official Pre-show Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Philadelphia Expo are available online at Bowers and Merena’s next auction will be the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo held November 10-14, 2009, at the Baltimore Convention Center. Complete lot viewing and auction schedules will be posted at, and U.S. and World catalogs will be available in print and online by late October.

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