of large cents in Dan Holmes Collection realizes
Date cents represent the issues from 1793
The highlight of the auction in terms of price
was the finest of seven known 1795 Liberty Cap,
Reeded Edge cents, Sheldon 79 (Penny Whimsy by
William H. Sheldon), which sold for $1,265,000
including the 15 percent buyer's fee. (See
related articles on Pages 1 and 5.)
The Holmes example, the first U.S. large cent to
reach $1 million, is graded Very Good 10 by
Professional Coin Grading Service.
The entire Holmes collection is being offered by
Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctions of Beverly Hills,
in association with McCawley & Grellman
Numismatic Auctions of Frisco, Texas, and
Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The collection represents the most complete
large cent collection by date and die variety
ever formed either publicly or privately.
The collection lacks only the unique 1793
Flowing Hair, Wreath cent, Noncollectible 5
variety, impounded in the American Numismatic
Society museum, and one Late Date coin, the
unique Newcomb 42 1851 Coronet cent, for
All 302 die varieties that Sheldon enumerated in
Penny Whimsy were represented in the auction. In
addition, the auction contained 52 of the 53
known "noncollectible" die varieties for the
series, including seven unique NCs.
The proceeds from the sale of two auction lots
are to benefit the ANS and the American
Numismatic Association's Young Numismatist
Larry Hanks, from Hanks & Associates Inc. in El
Paso, Texas, paid $6,325 for one of 10 22-karat
gold tokens representing a modified version of
the NC-5 variety. Rather than the inscription
one cent, the token bears dan / holmes / sale,
and instead of the denomination represented as
the fraction 1/100, the token bears the auction
date, 9-6/ 2009.
The $6,325 will be forwarded to the ANS to
support its programs.
The ANA's YN program will benefit from the
$11,500 that New York dealer Tony Terranova paid
for one of five "super-deluxe" copies of the
Holmes auction catalog in full morroccan
leather. It is the only one of the five copies
to be made available to the public.
The sellers plan three more auctions, each
focusing on a specific segment of Holmes' large
cent collection. The tentative dates for the
remaining auctions are: Middle Date cents, those
from 1816 to 1839, May 30, 2010; large cent
errors and ephemera, September 2010; and Late
Date cents, 1840 to 1857, February 2011.
To obtain a catalog from the Sept. 6 Dan Holmes
Collection auction, call Goldberg's at (800)
For other information, contact Goldberg Auctions
at 350 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 350, Beverly
Hills, CA 90212, or telephone the firm at (310)
551-2646 or (800) 978-2646. Contact McCawley &
Grellman Auctions at P.O. Box 5250, Frisco, TX
75034, or via telephone at (972) 668-1575 or
e-mail at email@example.com; or at P.O. Box
161055, Altamonte Springs, FL 32716, or call
1793 Flowing Hair, Chain, ameri. cent, Sheldon
1, PCGS About Uncirculated 58, $368,000.
1793 Flowing Hair, Chain, america cent, S-2,
PCGS Mint State 63 brown, $402,500.
1793 Flowing Hair, Chain, Widest liberty,
america cent, NC-1, only example of two known
pieces available to collectors, Basal State 1+,
1793 Flowing Hair, Chain, america cent, S-3,
PCGS MS-63 brown, AU-50+, $253,000.
1793 Flowing Hair, Chain, Periods, america cent,
S-4, removed from a Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
slab with a grade of AU-50 brown, Very Fine 35,
1793 Flowing Hair, Wreath, Strawberry Leaf,
cent, one cent centered, NC-2, PCGS Fair 2,
1793 Flowing Hair, Wreath, Strawberry Leaf,
cent, one cent high, NC-3, PCGS Good 4,
1793 Flowing Hair, Wreath, Large Date and
liberty cent, S-5, PCGS MS-65 brown, MS-63
1793 Liberty Cap, Wreath cent, bisected obverse,
S-14, PCGS AU-55, Extremely Fine 45, $506,000.
1794 Liberty Cap cent, S-45, PCGS MS-65 red and
1794 Liberty Cap, Starred Reverse cent, S-48,
PCGS Very Fine 30, $212,750.
1794 Liberty Cap, Missing Fraction Bar cent,
S-64, PCGS MS-64 red and brown, $172,500.
1796 Draped Bust cent, S-110, PCGS MS-66 brown,
1798/7 Draped Bust, Style I Hair cent, S-151,
PCGS MS-62 brown, $103,500.
1799/8 Draped Bust cent, S-188, PCGS EF-45,
1799 Draped Bust cent, S-189, regraded and
encapsulated by PCGS MS-61 after being cataloged
originally at NGC MS-62 brown, $977,500.
1801 Draped Bust cent, S-217, PCGS AU-50,
1804 Draped Bust cent, S-266c, PCGS MS-63 brown,
only certified Mint State 1804 cent, $661,250.
1811/10 Classic Head cent, S-286, AU-55,
1811 Classic Head cent, S-287, PCGS MS-66 red
and brown, $89,125.
Sheldon's 66-piece color set of six Colonial
coppers and 60 large cents in custom display
case, illustrating wide range of colors, sold
intact to Holmes by Sheldon on March 31, 1976,
various grades, $37,950.