April is always an excitingtime in Kowloon, Hong Kong, as hundreds of coin and paper money dealers,collectors and enthusiasts gather for a week of world class auctions and thefastest growing coin and paper money show. This past week Stacks Bowers and Ponteriobrought their semi-annual sale to the Mira Hotel where it attracted spiritedbidding from all over the world.
There was certainly noshortage of significant numismatic offerings throughout the Stacks BowersGalleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coins and Collectibles Expo, held atthe Baltimore Convention center in the final week of March. Anchored by the exceptional Blue MoonCollection, Part I, and the Collections of Dr. Gordon Shaw and AnthonyBettencourt, this event featured numerous fresh and high quality assemblagesthat elicited strong bidding in every session.
Setting a new worldrecord for the most valuable numismatic cabinet ever sold, and perhaps a newworld record for any holding of collectibles in any field, the D. Brent PogueCollection netted total sales of $106,720,432.25 over the course of fiveauction events held from 2015 to 2017. Pogue V yielded sales of $21,402,213.75,highlighted by the Dexter specimen of the legendary 1804 dollar, which broughtjust under $3.3 million. The Pogue Collection, assembled by father and son Mackand Brent Pogue over the course of more than three decades, focused on thehighest quality United States coins dated from 1793 to 1840.