June 2008 Summer FUN Heritage Auction Tops $12 Million Market demand remained strong for significant American numismatic rarities in the June 2008 Summer FUN Signature® Auction presented by Heritage Auction Galleries in West Palm Beach, June 26-27
News-Antique.com - Jul 08,2008 - *Dallas, TX.* Market demand remained strong for significant American
numismatic rarities in the June 2008 Summer FUN Signature® Auction
presented by Heritage Auction Galleries in West Palm Beach, June
26-27. Total prices realized for the American coins exceeded $12 million, and the total will rise further when the concluding session and post auction buys are finalized.
"The strong market is continuing to bring great rarities -- and great prices realized -- onto the Heritage auction block," commented Heritage President Greg Rohan. "We note that Lot 1960, an 1880 $4 Flowing Hair (Judd-1657, Pollock-1857) and certified PR64 by PCGS, realized: $431,250. This auction contained a wide range of rarities at many price levels, to which more than 5000 bidders responded enthusiastically."
*_Highlights from Heritage's Summer FUN Signature Auction:_*
> *Lot 1960: 1880 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1657, Pollock-1857, R.6, PR64 PCGS.*
> The 1880 Flowing Hair "stella" is one of the most famous rarities in
> American numismatics. Technically a pattern issue, and never authorized for regular coinage, the stella has survived and prospered as a collectible issue, and is regularly listed in A Guide Book of United States Coins alongside regular U.S. gold coin types. From the Fern E. Wagner Trust.
*Price realized: $431,250*
> Lot 2106: 1803 BD-6 Large Stars Reverse Eagle, MS62 NGC. Breen-6845,
> B. 1-F, Taraszka-32, R.7.
> Of 33 known die varieties in the 1795 to 1804 eagle series, Harry Bass was able to obtain 32 during his many years of collecting; the only
die marriage that he never owned was the 1803 BD-6 (Breen 1-F) that is offered in this lot.
> Lot 1975: 1832 Half Eagle, 13 Stars, BD-1, High R.5, MS63
> The 1832 half eagle is known in only two die pairings, BD-1 and BD-2, easily distinguished by the presence of either 13 or 12 obverse stars, respectively; the 13 Stars BD-1 has a straight-base 2, and only three
> examples of this variety have been certified finer. From The Charleston Collection.
> *Lot 2104: 1801 Eagle, Breen-6843, Taraszka-25, BD-2, MS64 PCGS.*
> This is a spectacular piece of our early Federal coinage. The fields are bright with confirmed reflectivity on each side. The central design elements are fully brought up and the only area of softness is on the peripheral stars on the obverse. From The Charleston Collection.
> *Price realized: $126,500*
> *Lot 2037: 1860 $5 PR66 Cameo NGC.*
> Despite a stated mintage of 62 proofs, the 1860 five dollar gold is far more elusive in proof format than that figure would suggest. The elegant Cameo Premium Gem offered here, then, is one of the fortunate.
It displays excellent contrast, a hallmark for the 1860 proof half eagles, and strong visual appeal.
> *Price realized: $109,250*
> Lot 2332: 1885 $20 MS62 Star NGC. From