Early American and Civil War Rarities from the Olds Collection Presented in Stack’s Bowers Galleries November Auction

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / November 9, 2023

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present the Olds Collection of United States Coinage as part of their November 2023 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo. The Olds Collection is a top-quality assemblage focusing on two pivotal eras of U.S. numismatics: colonial and early federal coins and Civil War-era gold coins. The collection offers exceptional quality, including many coins with CAC and CMQ approval.

Among the early federal highlights in the Olds Collection are two key-date 1799 Draped Bust cents. Offered in lot 3002 is an overdate 1799/8 (Sheldon-188) graded Good-6 (PCGS) and certified by CMQ. Lot 3003 presents the normal date 1799 (Sheldon-189) graded VF-30 (PCGS) and CMQ approved. This normal date specimen is considerably finer than most S-189 cents, which are often well-worn and impaired.

Offered in lot 3077 is one of the most significant Draped Bust dollars of any date or die pairing the firm has ever brought to auction. Struck 5% off center, this coin will hold great appeal for early dollar enthusiasts and advanced error collectors. Graded AU-58 (PCGS) CAC CMQ and pedigreed to the Hesselgesser Collection, this distinctive offering should attract a lot of attention.

The Olds Collection also offers a quartet of exceptional 1799 Capped Bust gold coins. Lot 3152 presents an AU-55 (NGC) 1799 BD-7 half eagle, a particularly rare variety with only 14 to 18 examples known, according to John W. Dannreuther. Featured in lot 3153 is an AU-55 (PCGS) 1799 half eagle of the BD-8 variety, of which Dannreuther suggests only 22 to 30 pieces are extant. Among the eagles is a noteworthy AU-53 (PCGS) 1799 BD-2 $10 in lot 3191, representing a scarce variety of the Small Stars Obverse Red Book type. Rounding out the quartet in lot 3195 is an AU-53 (NGC) 1799 BD-10 eagle that has been approved by CMQ for superior quality. 

Highlighting the Civil War-era coinage is a pair of exceptional CAC-approved coins including an AU-55 (NGC) CAC 1861 three-dollar gold piece in lot 6480 and a MS-61 (NGC) CAC 1861 Liberty Head double eagle in lot 6585.

The entire Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2023 Showcase Auction, including the Olds Collection, is available for viewing and pre-sale bidding at  www.StacksBowers.com. For questions about the November auction or to consign your collection to an upcoming sale, contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries at (800) 458-4646 or by email at info@stacksbowers.com.

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s nearly 90-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. 

The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, with galleries in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris and Vancouver. Stack’s Bowers Galleries hosts an annual Global Showcase in August featuring United States coins and currency, Ancient coins and World coins and currency in its Costa Mesa auction gallery. They are also the Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic events, including the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, the Spring and Fall Hong Kong shows, and the Maastricht Paper Money Shows. 

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