Bowers and Merena $4.4 Million at Baltimore
By Bowers and Merena
Top Coin and Currency
Honors from the Baltimore Rarities Sale Prior to
ANA World’s Fair of Money Go to 1918/7-D Buffalo
Nickel in PCGS MS-64 at $155,250, and 1928 $500
PMG Gem 65EPQ Uncirculated Gold Certificate at
Bowers and Merena Auctions, America’s leading
rare coin auction house, hosted their Baltimore
Rarities Sale on July 26, 2008, at the Baltimore
Marriott Waterfront, just prior to the ANA
World’s Fair of Money. The auction presented
approximately 1,100 coin and 200 currency lots
and realized a total of $4,427,243.
Earning top dollar was Lot 384, a 1918/7-D
Buffalo Nickel, FS-016.5, graded MS-64 by PCGS
that realized $155,250. A major condition
rarity, this near-Gem is easily among the
finest-known survivors of the variety, with a
PCGS Population of 31 and a mere three finer in
MS-65. Lot 1093, a 1795 Capped Bust Right Half
Eagle, Small Eagle, BD-8, HBCC-3041, Miller-10,
Rarity-5+, graded MS-63 PL by NGC, realized
Described as "a really a nice coin" and a rarer
die pairing of this historically significant and
extremely popular federal gold issue, it is one
of only four in the NGC Census, and a mere two
finer with a PL designation as part of the
grade. Also notable was Lot 1014, a 1796 Capped
Bust Right Quarter Eagle, BD-2, HBCC-3002,
Rarity-4, No Stars in NGC AU-53 that realized
Currency was also in the spotlight, with Lot
164, Fr. 2407, 1928 $500 Gold Certificate, PMG
Gem Uncirculated 65EPQ realizing a very
impressive $97,750. Truly Uncirculated $500 1928
Gold Certificates are rare, with only three of
this number certified at the "65" level, and
only a single example has ever earned a
certification any higher from PMG, making this
specimen an extremely scarce item in a superior
grade attested to by PMG.
"Our Baltimore Rarities Sale came right on the
heels of our Official Baltimore auction in June,
which brings our total for the past two months
to almost $10.7 million," said Steve Deeds,
president of Bowers and Merena.
"Both auctions were very active and both
conventions have been busy and productive, as
well, and I’m happy to see such prosperity and
enthusiasm within the industry."
Additional coin highlights include
164 Fr. 2407 1928 $500 Gold Certificate. PMG Gem
Uncirculated 65EPQ. $97,750
356 1867 Shield Nickel. Rays. Proof-64 (PCGS).
OGH (Old Green Holder). $52,900
357 1867 Shield Nickel. Rays. Proof-64 (PCGS).
438 1805 Draped Bust Dime. JR-2. Rarity-2. 4
Berries. MS-65 (NGC). $36,800
683 1921-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-64
717 1841 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar. MS-64
(NGC). CAC. $39,100
815 1892-S Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-63 (PCGS).
1086 1885 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. Proof-66
Cameo (PCGS). CAC. $57,500
1094 1795 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle. Small
Eagle. BD-8, HBCC-3041, Miller-10. Rarity-5+.
AU-55 (PCGS). OGH (Old Green Holder). $62,100
1095 1795 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle. Small
Eagle. BD-3, HBCC-3033, Miller-2. Rarity-3+.
AU-55 (PCGS). $59,800
1105 1825/’1′ Capped Head Left Half Eagle. BD-1,
HBCC-3147, Miller-149. Rarity-5+. AU-58 (NGC).
1275 1915 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. Proof-66
1279 1920-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS).
1299 1927-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS).
1302 1931-D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS).
Additional currency highlights include
50 Lot of (2) Fr. 93 1862 $10 Legal Tender
Notes. Consecutive Pair. PCGS About New 50PPQ &
Choice About New 55PPQ. $13,800
60 Fr. 224. 1896 $1 Silver Certificate. PCGS
Superb Gem New 67PPQ. $9,545
71 Fr. 248. 1896 $2 Silver Certificate. PCGS Gem
New 66PPQ. $14,375
93 Fr. 364. 1891 $5 Treasury Note. PCGS Superb
Gem New 67PPQ. $12,650
94 Fr. 370. 1891 $10 Treasury Note. PMG Superb
Gem Uncirculated 67EPQ. $14,375
102 Fr. 753. 1918 $2 Federal Reserve Bank Note.
PMG Superb Gem Uncirculated 67EPQ. $13,800
161 Fr. 2309*. 1934A $10 Silver Certificate Star
Note. North Africa. PCGS Gem New 66PPQ. $6,038
170 Live Oak, FL. $10 1882 Value Back. Fr. 577.
The FNB. Charter #(S)6055. Very Good. $8,913
185 Boston, MA. $2 Original Series. Fr. 387. The
National Eagle Bank. Charter #993. PMG Very Fine
Prices realized for all lots in the Bowers and
Merena Baltimore Rarities Sale are available
online at www.bowersandmerena.com. Bowers and
Merena’s next two auctions will be held in
September prior to the Long Beach Coin, Stamp &
Collectible Expo. The Beverly Hills Rarities
Sale will be Saturday, September 13, at The
Tower Beverly Hills, with lot viewing September
The Collector’s Choice Auction will be conducted
on the Bowers and Merena website September 8-17,
with lot viewing by appointment at their Irvine
headquarters. Catalogs will be available by late
August, and interested bidders are invited to
visit www.bowersandmerena.com for complete
auction and lot viewing schedules, or call
800.458.4646 to speak to a representative.