26-04-2017 – 01-05-2017
CSNS Coins Signature Auction
1866 Proof Liberty Head Double Eagle at Heritage Auction
Platinum Night held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society Convention April 26-May 2 in Chicago. Heritage’s Platinum Night session, featuring the finest numismatic material, is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, April 27.
USA. 20 Dollar Liberty Double Eagle 1866. Outstanding Quality and Eye Appeal, Gold CAC. Only 10 Examples Traced. PR65 Cameo.
One of only 10 known surviving 1866 proof Liberty Head double eagles with the In God We Trust motto and a wide variety of half eagles minted 1834 and earlier from The Hutchinson Collection, Part II, are featured in Heritage Auctions’ April 26 – May 2 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society Convention in Chicago and online Heritage’s Platinum Night session, featuring the finest numismatic material, is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, April 27.
USA. 5 Dollar Capped Head Left Half Eagle 1828/7. Famous “Guide Book” Overdate, BD-2. Only Known Example. MS63 PCGS.
The Hutchinson Collection, Part II, features a wide variety of Capped Head Left half eagles. It includes of the holy grail coin of the series, the 1828/7 BD-2 half eagle. The coin presented is the only example of the variety known to exist. A mere 16 examples dated 1828 are confirmed in all varieties. This coin, graded MS63 by NGC, is certain to find a home in an important collection.
USA. 5 Dollar Small Date Half Eagle 1833. Extremely Rare BD-3 Variety. Ex: Norweb. MS61 PCGS.
Nearly as rare, and from the same collection, is the 1833 Small Date half eagle, BD-3. Only two of the three or four examples thought to exist have been traced. This coin, graded MS61 by PCGS, is the only example known to be in private hands, and was a centerpiece of the Norweb Collection. The coin is amongst the finest 1833 half eagles, let alone one of its scarce variety. This is the first auction appearance for this variety in over 20 years.
The 1866 Proof double eagle With Motto, graded Proof-65 Cameo by NGC is certified by CAC with a gold sticker indicating that CAC believes that the coin is undergraded. At Proof-65, the coin is unsurpassed in numerical grade at the major grading services, with one other coin graded Proof-65 Deep Cameo. It is the first time an 1866 proof double eagle has been offered publicly in a decade.
The coin is being sold to help an Indiana congregation fulfill its dreams of having its own church building and avoid missing a crucial financial deadline for the project. The coin survived an attempted theft at the donor’s home four years ago, and recently was given to the GracePoint Church in Valparaiso where Pastor Bob Lamb described it as “an incredible gift in God’s story.” Ten examples of this coin are traced, with 14-16 believed to exist. None of the others is likely to possess the combination of eye appeal and technical quality of this piece.
All featured lots can be viewed online at the website of Heritage Auctions.
Online proxy bidding is open on the auction’s more than 4,500 lots on the website here, with full previews taking place April 10-14 and 17-19 at Heritage Auctions’ Dallas world headquarters and April 25-29 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173.