Proxibid Partners with Bowers and Merena Auctions for Major Coin Sale Proxibid, the leading provider of Internet auction webcasting services, today announced that it will provide live online bidding for the Bowers and Merena Orlando Rarities Sales, slated for January 8,
News-Antique.com - Jan 02,2008 - Omaha, NE — January 2, 2008 — Proxibid, the leading provider of Internet auction webcasting services, today announced that it will provide live online bidding for the Bowers and Merena Orlando Rarities Sales, slated for January 8, 2008 in Orlando. The live auction event will take place at the International Plaza Resort & Spa in the heart of Orlando’s bustling entertainment district, two days prior to the Orlando F.U.N. Show. Live online bidding will begin January 8 at 6:00 p.m. EST on Proxibid.
670 lots of high-quality, rare U.S. coins will be available for live online bidding during this auction. Even the most discerning collectors will agree that this is a must-attend event. With online bidding via Proxibid, collectors world-wide can log on to bid and win some of these rare coins.
One of the most exciting coins to cross the block during this auction is Lot 516, a 1795 Capped Bust Half Eagle, Small Eagle, BD-2, HBCC-3034, Miller-3, Rarity-6, graded MS-64 by NGC. According to Bowers and Merena’s President Steve Deeds, “This is a spectacular specimen. Only 20 to 30 examples of the 1795 BD-2 Half Eagle are believed to have survived, and the near-Gem that we are offering here is undoubtedly the finest example available for private ownership, if it is not the finest known.”
“We are thrilled to offer online bidding via Proxibid for this auction,” said Deeds. “We have several high-profile items available for this auction, including a 1793 Half Cent, the United States’ first half-cent coin. Collectors won’t want to miss this auction!”
Additional auction highlights include:
• Lot 179: 1927-S Standing Liberty Quarter. MS-65 FH (PCGS) — One of the undisputed key-date issues in the 20th century U.S. silver coinage series, the 1927-S Standing Liberty Quarter has a tantalizingly low mintage of 396,000 pieces. With so few coins produced, coupled with the pressing needs of commerce in the years leading up to the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the 1927-S has an understandably limited population of Mint State survivors. Even poorly struck examples in MS-62 and MS-63 represent significant bidding opportunities in today's market. Coins with Full Head striking detail are very rare, and J.H. Cline (Standing Liberty Quarters, Fourth Edition, 2007) states that only 1% of the original mintage emerged from the dies with sufficiently sharp detail.
When offered at all, Mint State 1927-S Quarters with Full Head definition typically grade no finer than MS-64. It is even more impressive, therefore, that the coin in this lot is not only exceptionally well produced by the standards of the issue, but that it has been preserved with enough care to qualify as a Gem. This cataloger cannot recall ever handling a '27-S with more complete definition to Liberty's head. The balance of the features is also impressively bold, if not downright sharp in detail. The surfaces shimmer with full, softly frosted luster that is readily appreciable in the absence of distracting abrasions. Otherwise brilliant, an overlay of delicate golden iridescence is noted for the