Bowers and Merena to Auction Finest Known 1932-D
By Bowers and Merena
Fine Selection of
Buffalo Nickels also set for auction at Chicago
Rarities Sale on Tuesday
Bowers and Merena Auctions, America’s leading
rare coin auction house, will hold their Chicago
Rarities Sale on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at the
Sofitel Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill.
Among the more than 1,000 lots to cross the
block is the only 1932-D Washington Quarter
graded MS-66 by PCGS, as well as one of the most
impressive selections of Buffalo Nickels to be
offered in recent years.
The 1932-D Washington Quarter (lot 322),
Population 1/0 at PCGS, is part of the No. 1
ranked “Marquette-Yakima” NGC Registry Set of
Washington Quarters 1932-1964, an extraordinary
collection that contains a multitude of quality
PCGS- and NGC-certified Washington Quarters,
including some Population 1/0.
The set boasts an impressive unsurpassable score
of 65,302, and the complete collection will be
auctioned in individual lots in Bowers and
Merena’s Chicago Rarities Sale.
The Marquette-Yakima Collection features
additional top-of-the-pop rarities that are sure
to see significant competition among Registry
Set collectors when they appear at auction on
These highlights include:
Lot 335 1936-D PCGS MS-67, Pop: 9/0
Lot 358 1942-S PCGS MS-68, Combined PCGS and NGC
Lot 360 1943-S PCGS MS-68, Pop: 1/0
Lot 368 1946-S PCGS MS-68, Pop: 4/0
Lot 393 1954-S PCGS MS-68, Pop: 1/0
Lot 403 1961-D PCGS MS-67, Pop: 1/0
“The entire ‘Marquette-Yakima Collection’ is
exceptional, but this 1932-D Washington Quarter
is truly the best there is, the finest known and
an absolutely superb example,” said Steve Deeds,
president of Bowers and Merena.
“It last sold in 2001, before Registry Sets
popularized the collection of the finest
I can’t remember the last time I have seen a
coin of such magnitude and Bowers and Merena is
proud to showcase it as the centerpiece of our
Chicago Rarities Sale in April.”
The Chicago Rarities Sale offers an exclusive
catalog of just over 1,000 of the most
extraordinary rarities available for auction,
including an exceptional selection of Buffalo
Lot 218, a 1926-S Buffalo Nickel graded MS-66*
by NGC, tops the list, and according to NGC
Census, only 2 are known (1 in MS-66 and the
present example as an MS-66*), 0 finer; PCGS has
not certified a single 1926-S Nickel finer than
Also notable are lot 196, a 1916 Buffalo Nickel
FS-016 Doubled Die Obverse, graded MS-64 by NGC,
and lot 219, a 1927-S Buffalo Nickel graded
MS-66* by NGC.
Chicago Rarities Sale Featured Highlights:
Lot 14 1858 Flying Eagle Cent. Large Letters.
MS-66 (PCGS). Eagle Eye Photo Seal.
Lot 79 1902 Indian Cent. Proof-68 RD (PCGS).
Lot 93 1914-D Lincoln Cent. MS-65 RD (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 98 1922 No D Lincoln Cent. Die Pair II.
Strong Reverse. MS-64 BN (PCGS). CAC.
Lot 196 1916 Buffalo Nickel. FS-016. Doubled Die
Obverse. MS-64 (NGC).
Lot 205 1918-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-66 (NGC).
Lot 207 1919-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-66 (NGC).
Lot 218 1926-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-66 * (NGC).
Lot 219 1927-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-66 * (NGC).
Lot 259 1927-S Mercury Dime. MS-67 FB (NGC).
Lot 276 1831 Capped Bust Quarter. B-1. Rarity-2.
Small Letters. MS-66 (NGC).
Lot 322 1932-D Washington Quarter. MS-66 (PCGS).
Lot 407 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. O-114.
Rarity-6. MS-64 (NGC).
Lot 467 1921-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar.
Lot 476 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. B-1,
BB-21. Rarity-1. Two Leaves. MS-61 (NGC).
Lot 517 1836 Gobrecht Silver Dollar. Name Below
Base. Judd-58 Restrike, Pollock-61. Rarity-6-.
Lot 529 1870 Seated Liberty Silver Dollar.
Proof-67 * Cameo (NGC).
Lot 602 1895 Morgan Silver Dollar. Proof-66
Lot 625 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar. Chapman.
Lot 711 1851 Augustus Humbert. $50 Gold. K-5.
Rarity-5-. Reeded Edge, 880 THOUS., Target
Reverse. MS-62 (NGC).
Lot 734 1879 Pattern Metric Double Eagle, or
Quintuple Stella. Judd-1643, Pollock-1843.
Rarity-7+. Proof-64 Cameo (NGC).
Lot 761 1848 Liberty Quarter Eagle. CAL. AU-58 (PCGS).
Lot 856 1795 Capped Bust Right Eagle. BD-4,
HBCC-3172, Taraszka-4. Rarity-5. 13 Leaves.
Lot 939 1908 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. Motto.
Matte Proof-67 (NGC).
Lot 999 1925-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-65