Gold Hot in Heritage's May 2008 Long Beach $26.5 Million Auction Top prices realized of $161,000 were reached by two very different coins in Heritage Auction Galleries' May 28-30, 2008 Signature® in Long Beach
Collection (Heritage 1988 ANA Sale, 7/1988), lot 679; Mid-American 1989 FUN Sale (1/1989), lot 462. From The Yoder Family Collection, Part Two.
Lot 2070: 1799 Gold Funeral Urn Medal, Baker-166, AU55 NGC.
George Washington was a favorite subject of medalists over the years, and a wide series of death medals were produced; the Funeral Urn medals were part of a series of gold, silver, and tin medals produced by Newburyport, Massachusetts engraver Jacob Perkins.
Ex: F.C.C. Boyd Estate; John J. Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 5/2004), lot 170; Columbus Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/06), lot 198; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/08), lot 2649. From The Liberty Collection of American Colonial Coinage, Part Three.
Lot 2345: 1859 cent PR67 NGC.
This is one of the three finest certified of an important one-year type coin, with a reported mintage of just 800 pieces. From The Estate of Robert R. Rollins Collection, Part One.
Lot 2422: 1878 Eight Tailfeathers dollar, VAM-9, MS64 Deep Mirror Prooflike ANACS. Realized: $19,550
This incredible example of "The First Morgan Dollar Die Pair" is quite probably the finest known survivor of the very first set of dies used to strike Morgan dollars, at 3:17 PM on March 11, 1878. From The Leroy Van Allen Collection, Part Two.
Lot 3503: 1915 eagle, MS66 Star NGC.
The 1915 $10 enjoyed a high survival rate was quite high, but at the Gem level the 1915 become a condition rarity.
Lot 2842: Signed & Dated Christmas 1854 Gold, Quartz, and Wood Cane Presented 'By His Friends' to San Francisco Mint Superintendent Lewis Birdsall.
This is a phenomenally historic memento of the earliest days of the San Francisco Mint. We simply cannot imagine another memento--outside of museum collections--of the first year of the San Francisco Mint that offers more charisma and historical importance than this piece.
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