Early January auction totals increase for third consecutive year

DALLAS, Texas (January 18, 2018)-Heritage Auctions announced Thursday it sold more than $71,928,037 million of U.S. CoinsU.S. and World Currency, and World & Ancient Coins during the first three weeks of 2018. This marks the third consecutive year January sales increased at auctions held during the Florida United Numismatic Convention (FUN) and the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC).

Collectors were greeted by exceptional rarities this season,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “We are grateful clients entrust us with their collections and we take great pride in maintaining our place as the world’s No. 1 numismatic auction house.”

U.S. coin sales totaled $40,940,868 million at the firm’s FUN auction. The top lot was one of the great rarities in American gold coinage: a stunning,1880 Flowing Hair Stella, PR67 Cameo, which sold for $750,000. An 1838-O Reeded Edge Half Dollar, Branch Mint PR63 PCGS, CAC, brought $444,000 and a 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, PR67 Cameo, a rarely seen superb Gem proof specimen, sold for $312,000.

Further U.S. standouts include an 1861-O Twenty, Rare and Prooflike MS60-a remarkable Civil War era gold piece-that sold for $312,000 and $300,000 paid for an important 1793 S-2, B-2 Chain Cent, MS63 Brown.

U.S. currency and World banknote auctions draw a combined $13,674,915

Likely one of just two known notes available to collectors, a rare, 1882 $1,000 Gold Certificate sold for $600,000 during the firm’s $12,042,486 million U.S. Currency Auction. A fully uncirculated 1934 $5,000 New York Federal Reserve Note, PCGS Choice New 63PPQ, brought $162,000 and a perfectly original 1890 $100 Treasury “Watermelon” Note, PCGS Very Fine 30PPQ, sold for $144,000.

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