Highlights from Heritage Central States Auction
Lot 2000: 1794 $1 AU58
NGC. B-1, BB-1, R.4.
In the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, Congress
established a bimetallic coinage system based on
the silver dollar and the gold eagle as the
“unit” measurement. All 1,758 dollars dated 1794
coins were minted from a single pair of dies.
From The Queller Family Collection of Silver
Lot 2088: 1802 “Novodel” Dollar, PR65 Cameo PCGS,
Ex: Newcomer-Carter-Queller Specimen
The 1802 proof novodel silver dollar is usually
grouped with three other rarities: the 1801
proof novodel, the 1803 proof novodel, and the
famous 1804 silver dollars.
From The Queller Family Collection of Silver
Lot 2089: 1804 Silver Dollar, Class I
“Original,” PR62 NGC
The ‘King of American Coins,’ and quite simply
the most famous of all American numismatic
rarities. Ex: Chief Coiner Adam Eckfeldt;
unknown intermediaries; Henry C. Young, a teller
at the Bank of Pennsylvania (c. 1850); Joseph J.
Mickley (c. 1858); Joseph J. Mickley Collection
(W. Elliot Woodward, 10/1867), lot 1676, $750;
William A. Lilliendahl; Edward Cogan; William
Sumner Appleton (c. 1868); Appleton estate;
Massachusetts Historical Society (1905);
Property of the Massachusetts Historical Society
(Stack’s, 10/1970), lot 625, $77,500; Chicago
collection; Reed Hawn, via Stack’s (1974); Reed
Hawn Collection (Stack’s, 10/1993), lot 735,
$475,000; David Queller; The Queller Family
Collection of Silver Dollars.
Lot 2129: 1870-S $1 XF40 NGC
The rarity and importance of the 1870-S Seated
dollar is rooted in the building of the San
Francisco Mint and the laying of its cornerstone
on May 25, 1870.
Ex: Matthew Stickney, sold privately. Likely
Colonel E.H.R. Green; James Kelley; Jack V. Roe;
James Kelley; Clint Hestor or Charles M.
Williams; Menjou Sale (Numismatic Gallery, 1950)
lot 2181; Abe Kosoff FPL 1955; Fairbanks
Collection of Ben Koenig (Stack’s, 10/1960), lot
617; Samuel Wolfson Collection (Stack’s,
5/1963), lot 1431; R.L. Miles, Jr. Sale
(4/1969), lot 1612, where it brought $19,000;
Autumn Sale (Stack’s, 9/1978), lot 345, where it
realized $39,000; The Queller Family Collection
of Silver Dollars.
Lot 2150: 1853 $1 Restrike PR65 NGC
Gem Proof 1853 Seated Dollar; Among Rarest Proof
Dates in the Series
A magnificent specimen of this rare proof date,
among the rarest in the series.
Ex: A.J. Ostheimer Collection, (Lester Merkin,
9/1968), lot 350; ANA Auction (Kagin’s, 8/1977),
lot 1794, $5,600; Robison Collection, Part II
(Stack’s, 2/1982), lot 1908, which realized
$8,000; Auction ‘82 (Paramount, 8/1982), lot
1747, which realized $6,500; Auction ‘84
(Paramount, 7/1984), lot 739, which realized
$7,975; The Queller Family Collection of Silver
Lot 2217: (1659) Lord Baltimore Shilling AU58
NGC. Breen-64, Large Head, R.6.
This is the finer of only two NGC-certified
examples, partly lustrous, delicately toned in
caramel-gold and powder-blue.
Lot 2255: 1792 Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7,
R.4, AU55 PCGS.
The Mint Act of April 2, 1792, established a
Mint at Philadelphia (the nation’s capital at
the time), mandated a decimal coinage system,
set the silver:gold ratio at 15:1, and
prescribed a silver fineness standard for
coinage in the awkward ratio of 1485/1664, or
0.8924+. This is a problem-free example of our
nation’s first circulating coinage.
Lot 2274: 1804 Quarter, MS65 NGC. B-1, R.4.
This rarity is ex: Colonel Edward Howland
Robinson Green, better known as Col. E.H.R.
Green — the son of Henrietta Howland Robinson
Green, née Henrietta Howland Robinson
(1834-1916), a.k.a. Hetty Green or the “Witch of
Ex: Col. E.H.R. Green; Stack’s (1945); Jerome
Kern Collection (B. Max Mehl, 1950), lot 1385;
Eugene Gardner Collection (Stack’s, 2/1965), lot
1620; H. Philip Speir estate (Stack’s, 3/1974),
lot 2; 1975 ANA Sale (Superior, 8/1975), lot
Lot 2306: 1796 15 Stars Half Dollar, AU58 PCGS,
Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollars, bearing
the date 1796 or 1797, are rare in any level of
preservation. Ex: The Douglas L. Noblet
Collection (Bowers and Merena Rarities Sale,
1/1999), lot 4; The Richard Genaitis Collection
(Heritage 2001 Atlanta ANA, 8/2001), lot 6090.
Lot 2313: 1861-O Seated Half Dollar SP64 NGC.
The 1861-O mintage quantity includes 330,000
struck under the U.S. government, 1,240,000
under the State of Louisiana after it seceded
from the Union, and 962,633 after Louisiana
joined the Confederate States of America. Ex:
James A. Stack Collection (Stack’s, 3/1975), lot
Lot 2322: 1892-O Half Dollar SP66 Star NGC.
Although this coin was previously unknown and
unrecorded, it “carries its own credentials,”
and is likely a unique product from the New
Lot 2344: 1838 Gobrecht Dollar, Name Omitted,
Judd-84 Restrike, Pollock-93, R.5, PR65 NGC.
413.2 grains. Silver. Die Alignment IV.
In this unusual die alignment, the center of
Liberty’s head is opposite the right side of the
F in OF. Ex: Norweb III (Bowers and Merena,
11/1988), lot 3776, where it was photographed in
Die Alignment I or II orientation.
Lot 2366: 1893-S Morgan $, MS67 NGC.
This superlative low-mintage dollar came out of
the collections of Norweb and Jack Lee II, two
pedigrees that equate to quality, and this is
the only MS67 certified by NGC. Ex: Norweb III
(Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3887, where it
brought $357,500, a record for any Morgan dollar
at that time; David Carter and George Bodway;
PCGS Tour Coin, 1990 and 1991; Jack Lee II.
Lot 2405: 1798 Close Date, 4 Berries $2.50,
BD-1, MS64 NGC. Breen-6116, BD-1, High R.5.
During the entire twelve-year period (from 1796
through 1807), less than 20,000 Draped and
Capped Bust design quarter eagles were minted;
all are rare. Ex: Bowers and Merena (9/1984),
lot 2432; David W. Akers (Auction ‘89, 7/1989),
lot 1358; Chalkley Collection (Superior,
1/1990), lot 4337; Superior (Auction ‘90,
8/1990), lot 1249; Superior (Chicago Sale,
8/1991), lot 665; Superior (5/1993), lot 1377.
Lot 2421: 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, PR65 NGC,
America’s $4 coin remains incredibly popular
among numismatists; ownership marks a
Lot 2422: 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, PR64 Cameo
PCGS, Judd-1635, R.3.
America’s $4 denomination is historically rooted
in the desire for an international coin of
exchange, with the movement led by the Honorable
John Adam Kasson (1822-1910), a U.S. politician.
Lot 2426: 1795 $5, MS63 Prooflike NGC. B-6416,
BD-8, High R.5.
Sometimes called a Small Date variety, due to
the spacing of the date, this example, formerly
in the Bass Collection, is probably the finest
known. Ex: Bartle Collection (Stack’s, 10/1984),
lot 1110; Harry W. Bass, Jr. (Bowers and Merena,
10/1999), lot 715.
Lot 2427: 1795 $5 Small Eagle MS64 NGC. Breen
1-C, Breen-6412, Bass-3034, BD-2, R.6.
The 1795 half eagles were the first gold coins
struck at the Philadelphia Mint, from dies
prepared by Robert Scot, and this is the finest
certified of the variety.
Lot 2435: 1820 $5, Curl 2, Large Letters, MS65
PCGS. Breen-6477, BD-7, High R.7.
This remarkable coin is tied for the finest
known business strike of the BD-7 variety.
Distinguishing between the nine varieties of the
1820 half eagles can be extremely confusing,
especially considering the three major types:
Square Base 2, Large Letters; Curved (or Curl)
Base 2, Large Letters; and Curved Base 2, Small
Letters. Ex: Bowers and Merena, June 1986, Lot
Lot 2436: 1827 $5, MS64 NGC. Breen-6486, BD-1,
During the 1820s, the face value of gold coins
was less than the value of gold they contained,
meaning that few were struck, and most were
melted soon after. Only one coin has been
Lot 2455: 1899 $5 PR68 Ultra Cameo NGC.
This beautiful coin is tangible evidence that
the U.S. Mint, at the end of the 19th century,
could produce proof coinage of quality
comparable to that of modern issues - and then
this coin had the good luck to survive in nearly
perfect condition for over 100 years!
Lot 2462: 1915-S $5, MS65 NGC.
This stunning gem half eagle is the finest
graded, and may well be the finest known.
Lot 2500: 1871-CC $20, MS64 NGC.
This is the finest known 1871-CC Liberty double
eagle, and has been described by David Akers as
the finest known specimen, and “truly a
Lot 2506: 1868 $20, PR66 Cameo NGC.
This is the finest certified Cameo Proof 1868
Type Two Twenty, and is a coin of the utmost
rarity and importance, whether to type
collectors, date collectors, or to connoisseurs
of proof gold.
Lot 2519: 1921 $20, MS62 PCGS.
A Saint-Gaudens double eagle series specialist
understands the absolute and conditional rarity
of this elusive issue.
Lot 2526: 1932 $20, MS66 PCGS.
This rarity, ex: Morse Collection, is among the
finest certified at either service.
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