African Wildlife Preserve Gains $299,001 at Heritage's Inaugural Houston Signature Auction The Khumbula Thina Trust, a wildlife preserve in the Zulu lands, was the beneficiary of selected lots from the Fleur Wales-Baillie Collection, auctioned by Heritage Auction Galleries in Houston.
News-Antique.com - Dec 05,2007 - Dallas, TX. The Khumbula Thina Trust, a wildlife preserve in the Zulu lands, was the beneficiary of selected lots from the Fleur Wales-Baillie Collection, auctioned by Heritage Auction Galleries in Houston, November 29-30, 2007. This was Heritage's inaugural Signature Auction at the Money Show of the Southwest. Descriptions and images of all lots are currently posted at HA.com in the Permanent Auction Archive. Current prices realized from the entire Houston auction exceed $4.7 million, and will push well past $5 million after Post Auction Buys and Final Session results are included.
According to Heritage President Greg Rohan, "Among the most interesting anchors we have had in some time, Fleur Wales-Baillie dedicated proceeds from some of her most important coins to benefit the Khumbula Thina Trust. This is a U.S. 501(c)(3) Private Operating Foundation working in the Zulu lands of Africa. These funds will be used to expand the territory for existing wildlife, and establish a water system of lakes and ponds for aquatic birdlife following their successful drilling of a rich well in that parched landscape. I encourage you to view their fascinating website at www.Khumbula.org for additional details and plenty of photographs of the important work that is being done there."
Concluded Rohan: "Our year-end auction events continue to be very successful, and our schedule this year included two Signature events during November - the first in Dallas, and the second in Houston, which together exceeded $13 million."
November 2007 Houston U.S. Coin Highlights From The Fleur Wales-Baillie Collection, benefiting the Khumbula Thina Trust:
Lot 60284: 1831 Half Dime, PR67 NGC, V-1, LM-6, R.8
Proofs are known for all 1831 denominations coined, and the half dime is the second-rarest proof denomination; this may be the sole surviving proof LM-6 and is the single finest certified example.
Lot 60305: 1831 Dime PR65 NGC, JR-2, R.7
This is a magnificent proof type coin with full definition on the portrait and eagle; one of a handful of survivors.
Lot 61381: 1903 Louisiana Purchase/Jefferson Gold Dollar MS66 PCGS
This gold dollar has the eye appeal that demands obviously original surfaces.
Lot 61385: 1903 Louisiana Purchase/McKinley Gold Dollar MS66 PCGS
The 1901 assassination of William McKinley led to his inclusion in this centennial commemorative issue, which was originally supposed to show only the image of Thomas Jefferson, as the President who presided over the Louisiana Purchase.
Lot 61387: 1904 Lewis and Clark Gold Dollar MS66 NGC
The 1904 Lewis and Clark dollars are inextricably linked to their 1903 counterparts; this Premium Gem is an uncommonly fine survivor of this early commemorative issue.
Lot 61392: 1905 Lewis and Clark Gold Dollar, MS66 PCGS
Struck in Philadelphia in 1904 and 1905, the Lewis and Clark gold dollars made their way to Portland, Oregon, where Farran Zerbe offered them through a mail-order agent and local concessionaires. PCGS has certified a mere two finer pieces.
Lot 61394: 1915-S Panama-Pacific