Rare New 1795 Reeded Edge
By Bowers and Merena
Official Auction of
the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention
Realizes More Than $6.2 Million
Bowers and Merena Auctions, America’s leading
rare coin and currency auction house, wraps up
2008 with their final auction of the year, the
Official Auction of the Baltimore Coin and
Currency Convention held November 18-22, 2008,
at the Baltimore Convention Center. The auction
realized a total of $6,280,880.
The undisputed highlight of the auction was an
exciting new discovery coin, lot 1143, an
exceedingly rare 1795 S-79 Reeded Edge Liberty
Cent, one of just six pieces known to exist
and the only example certified by PCGS or NGC.
This 1795 S-79, Rarity-7+, Reeded Edge, graded
Good-4 by PCGS and mounted in a special PCGS
holder that allows easy viewing of the edge, was
the subject of very lively floor bidding that
brought it to the impressive realized price of
"The sale of this lot was really one of my
favorite auction moments of the year," said
Steve Deeds, president of Bowers and Merena.
"We opened bidding at $70,000 and the floor just
took off. It stalled a bit at about $180,000,
and then just kept going, and finished with the
room erupting in applause – it really was
exciting to be there and watch it happen.
Everyone involved, including the buyer and
consignor, are very pleased with the result, and
this is a coin that won’t soon be forgotten."
Top honors also go to lot 1704, a 1920-D
Nickel graded MS-67* by NGC that realized
$138,000, from the Yankee Collection of
Nickels. NGC Census shows a population of just
two with none finer either with or without a *
designation, and PCGS has yet to certify a
single example higher than MS-66.
Also noteworthy is lot 1137, a 1793 Wreath
S-8, Rarity-3- with Vine and Bars Edge graded
MS-63 BN by PCGS, and also possessing the CAC
designation, which realized an extraordinary
Additional coin and currency highlights
Lot 1143 1795 Liberty Cap
Cent. S-79. Rarity-7+. Reeded Edge. G-4 (PCGS). $402,500
Lot 1704 1920-D Buffalo Nickel. MS-67 * (NGC).
Lot 1137 1793 Wreath Cent. S-8. Rarity-3-. Vine
and Bars Edge. MS-63 BN (PCGS). CAC. $115,000
Lot 2016 1841 Seated Liberty Quarter. Briggs
4-B. Proof-61 (PCGS). $92,000
Lot 4641 1907 Indian Eagle. Judd-1774/1901,
Pollock-1995. Rarity-3. Wire Rim. MS-65 (NGC).
Lot 2092 1919-D Standing Liberty Quarter. MS-66
FH (PCGS). $57,500
Lot 4234 A Complete Set of 1997-W through 2007-W
Platinum Eagles. Proof-70 Deep Cameo (PCGS).
Lot 2442 1920-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar.
MS-66 (PCGS). $50,600
Lot 2441 1920-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar.
MS-66 (PCGS). $48,300
Lot 6024 Scotland. George III (1760-1820).
Glasgow, Lanarkshire. WG & Co. 4 Shillings, 9
Pence $40,250 Counterstamp on a U.S. 1795
Flowing Hair, Two Leaves Silver Dollar.
Counterstamp Undated (1820-1821).
Lot 1167 1856 Braided Hair Cent. N-5. Rarity-5-.
Slanted 5. Proof-66 RB (PCGS). CAC. OGH. $37950
Lot 2438 1919 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-67
Lot 1717 1924-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-66 * (NGC).
Lot 3044 1925-S Peace Silver Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS).
Lot 5466 Fr. 1199. 1913 $50 Gold Certificate.
PCGS Gem New 65PPQ. $28,175
Lot 5976 Japan. Tokugawa Iyemochi Shogunate
(1858-1866). Gold and Silver Oban. Undated
$26,450 (Manen Era, 1860-1861). Machine-Made
Lot 1978 1942/1-D Mercury Dime. FS-101
(FS-010.8). MS-65 FB (PCGS). $25,875
Lot 5666 Tombstone, AZ. $10 1902 Plain Back. Fr.
628. The FNB. Charter #6439. Fine. $25,875
Lot 1711 1923-S Buffalo Nickel. MS-66 * (NGC).
Lot 1740 1927-D Buffalo Nickel. MS-66 (NGC).
Lot 2528 1942 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-68
(PCGS). OGH. $23,000
Lot 4314 1827 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle.
BD-1, HBCC-3025, the only known dies. $23,000
Rarity-5. AU-58 (NGC).
Lot 5388 Fr. 824. 1915 $20 Federal Reserve Bank
Note. PCGS Gem New 65PPQ. $22,425
Lot 4711 1863 Liberty Double Eagle. MS-61 (NGC).
Lot 1146 1796 Draped Bust Cent. S-119. Rarity-3.
Reverse of 1797. MS-63 BN (PCGS). $21,275
Lot 2444 1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar.
MS-65 (PCGS). $21,275
Lot 4457 1802/1 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle.
BD-4, HBCC-missing, Miller-49. Rarity-7. MS-62 (PCGS).
Bowers and Merena will continue their
longstanding association with the Baltimore Coin
and Currency Convention into 2009 and beyond
with three more official Baltimore auctions in
Prices realized for all lots in the Bowers and
Merena Official Auction of the Baltimore Coin
and Currency Convention are available online at
Bowers and Merena’s next auction will be held
January 4, 2009, in Orlando, Fla., prior to the
FUN Convention, followed by an online
Collector’s Choice Auction based in their
Irvine, Calif., headquarters January 26 to
February 4. Complete lot viewing and auction
schedules are available at
www.bowersandmerena.com and catalogs will be
available in print and online by early October.