The finest known 1822 half eagle sold for $8.4 million in the Stack's Bowers Galleries March 2021 Las Vegas Auction, setting a new world record in the process. Graded AU-50 by PCGS, this historic $5 coin from the D. Brent Pogue Collection was offered March 25 in the firm's Rarities Night session. It is now the most valuable U.S. Mint gold coin that has ever sold at auction, and has surpassed even the highest prices paid for a 1913 Liberty nickel, 1804 silver dollar, or 1933 double eagle.
The finest known 1797 Draped Bust half dollar sold for $1.68 million in the Stack's Bowers Galleries March 2021 Las Vegas Auction, setting a new record as the most valuable United States half dollar. Graded MS-66 by PCGS with provenance to the magnificent Pogue Collection, it was offered on March 25th in the firm's Rarities Night session which will be remembered as an historic evening for American numismatics.
Fresh off the tremendous results realized in recent sales of such collections as Mas Fera, Mirs Bay, Ta-Han/MCC, Charles Tanant, and Trident, venerable auction firm Stack's Bowers and Ponterio is excited to announce the Pinnacle Collectionan incredible compilation of 162 lots, many of which are rarities bound to attract great fanfare and attention even outside the numismatic community.
Within the incredible Pinnacle Collection, a featured cabinet in the Stack's Bowers and Ponterio April 2021 Hong Kong auction, a group of massive gold Obans and Kobans certainly stands out. Quite large in size, these fit within the aspect of "odd and curious" money, as they are such a departure from the typically encountered types of coinage. A variety of stampings is present on the obverse and reverse of each, indicating the type and time period of manufacture. Additionally, the obverses display rather skillfully and elegantly inked calligraphyenhancing their beauty, artistry, and sense of uniqueness.
The April Hong Kong auction being presented by legendary rare coin firm Stack's Bowers and Ponterio features countless highlights from the Pinnacle Collection, with a majestic Year 3 (1870) Pattern Set from Japan standing as quite possibly the most impressive. Containing eight denominations ranging from the gold 10 Yen all the way down to the copper-nickel 1/20 Yen, the quality of the set is exemplified by each piece's Gem or Superb Gem designation as well as by the way the surfaces shimmer and glisten when rotated in the light.
Stack's Bowers Galleries is proud to announce their March 2021 Las Vegas Auction, the firm's first Showcase event for Americana and United States coins and paper money of the year. The primary highlight of this auction is the magnificent 1822 Capped Head Left half eagle from the D. Brent Pogue Collection. It is the only specimen in private hands and serves as a linchpin to a complete set of United States coins. Accompanying this piece is the finest known 1797 Draped Bust half dollar, also with provenance to the Virgil Brand and D. Brent Pogue collections. These two pieces will be sold in the firm's Rarities Night session held on the evening of Thursday, March 25.
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The rare coin market remains incredibly robust, with Chinese numismatics among the clear trend-setters. Within this environment of intense interest, venerable auction house Stack's Bowers and Ponterio has assembled their largestand sure-to-be their most valuableHong Kong auction to date, offering over 5,000 lots of coins, medals, tokens, and currency, with higher end estimates surpassing $16.5 million.
Longstanding rare coin auction house Stack's Bowers & Ponterio, whose experts have presented some of the most prestigious, highest-grossing sales in the industry's history, is excited to feature the Pinnacle Collection as part of the firm's semiannual Hong Kong auction. This incredible collection features numerous rarities from the non-U.S. sphere of numismatics, many of which emanate from Japan. One such rarity, however, hails from a once-massive empire to Japan's westthe mighty tsardom of Russia. Among Russia's most famous coins, the fabled pattern ruble of Constantine possesses a background as fascinating as its rarity and value.