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Heritage Auctions’ US Coins Signature Auction Realized Over $5 Million

A spectacular 1879 Flowing Hair stella drew nearly four dozen bids before selling for $264,000 to lead Heritage Auctions’ US Coins Signature® Auction to $5,004,466 in total sales December 16-19. More than 2,100 bidders swarmed to the event, which generated perfect sell-through rates of 100% by value and by lots sold.

Lot 3388: 1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, JD-1, R.3, PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. Result: $264,000.

The magnificent 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, JD-1, R.3, PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC at the top of the sale is in exceptionally high demand. These four dollar gold patterns have long been included in sets alongside regular-issue coinage, and is the only pattern issue with its own section in the annual Guide Book, between the three dollar gold piece and half eagle, each of which, unlike the stella, actually circulated.

“The Flowing Hair stella is one of the most important and popular coins in American numismatics,” Heritage Auctions President Greg Rohan said. “This is a magnificent example of a must-have coin that will be a centerpiece of any serious collection.”

Lot 3342: 1863 $1 MS67 NGC. OC-1, Low R.3. Ex: Dawson. Tied for Finest Certified. Result: $114,000.

An 1863 Dollar MS67 NGC. OC-1, Low R.3 from the collection of Hall of Fame former Major League Baseball star Andre Dawson and tied for the finest certified specimen, prompted nearly 30 bids before it finished at $114,000. Acknowledged as one of the most memorable Seated Liberty dollars ever offered through Heritage Auctions, it is one of just a few dozen mint state examples of this elusive Civil War-era issue known to have survived from a business strike mintage of 27,200 pieces. Just one other specimen has been certified MS67 by NGC, while PCGS has graded just one.

Lot 3389: 1795 $5 Small Eagle, BD-4, R.5, MS61 PCGS. First Year of Gold Coinage. Small Eagle, BD-4. Result: $90,000.

From the first year of gold coinage, a 1795 Small Eagle, BD-4, R.5, MS61 PCGS rode three dozen bids before closing at $90,000. The U.S. Mint struck gold coinage for the first time in 1795, delivering 744 Capped Bust Right half eagles July 31. Production continued through September 16 that year, resulting in a total of 8,707 pieces. Coinage of half eagles then was halted for the year and production of eagles began. This coin is one of 27 examples graded MS61.

Lot 3337: 1797 $1 10×6 Stars, Large Letters, B-3, BB-71, R.2, MS63 NGC. Condition Census Quality. Result: $78,000.

A 1797 Dollar 10×6 Stars, Large Letters, B-3, BB-71, R.2, MS63 NGC climbed to $78,000 when the last of 25 bids came in. Heritage Auctions experts believe this dollar ranks among the two or three finest known coins. The typical 1797 B-3 dollar is apt to be found in XF or lower grades, although several have been called Uncirculated over the years.

A 1934-S Dollar MS66+ PCGS. CAC, the finest ever to come through Heritage Auctions, reached $63,000. Just over 1 million of the 1934-S Peace dollar were struck, putting it among the lowest-mintage issues in the set and a key date. It retains a reputation for being among the most elusive issue in the series, the rarest entry in the set, up through grades as high as MS64. The PCGS Population Report shows most Uncirculated examples of the 1934-S in a tight range of MS62 to MS64; there are only a couple hundred submissions at that service in MS65, and this is one of 42 Premium Gems reported. Further, it is one of just eight MS66 representatives at PCGS with an added Plus designation – with none finer.

Other top lots included, but were not limited to:

  • An 1831 Dime PR66 PCGS. JR-2, R.7 as a proof: $49,200
  • A 1931-D Double Eagle – Cleaned – PCGS Genuine. Unc Details: $48,000
  • A 1968 Dime No S, FS-501, PR69 PCGS: $45,600
  • A 1907 Eagle No Motto MS67 PCGS: $42,000
  • A 1935 Dollar MS67 PCGS: $42,000


The complete results of the auction are available in the online catalog.

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