SANTA ANA, CA. – The official auction of the 2017 Whitman Coins & Collectibles Winter Expo held by Stack’s Bowers Galleries was an astounding success, realizing over $13.3 million across eight sessions of United States coinage and related issues. Nearly $2 million in paper money also crossed the block with superb results. The sale was highlighted by significant collections including the Cardinal Collection, the Alexander Collection, and the Murray Hill Collection, in addition to many other cabinets that created great excitement and attracted enthusiastic bidding. (All quoted prices to follow include the 20% buyer’s premium.)

An impressive offering of Numismatic Americana in Session 1 was marked by noteworthy Mint Medals and Washingtonia. Strong bidding began early with the extremely rare tin cliché of the DeFleury medal from the Cardinal Collection in lot 8. As one of only two obverse cliché’s known (the other is the Ford example), this piece realized $10,800. A gorgeous MS-64 BN (NGC) CAC example of the famous Libertas Americana medal in bronze in lot 19 sold for a strong $51,600. Lot 61 offered a lovely original 1853 Pierce Indian Peace medal in silver that brought $10,200. The selection of George Washington issues comprised nearly 70 lots of rare and desirable items. A gorgeous and possibly unique (ca. 1800) Resumed Command medal with a provenance to the Norweb Collection was featured in lot 84. Certified MS-62 (PCGS) and attributed as Musante GW-86, that piece brought $15,600. This price was exceeded shortly thereafter by the gorgeous Washington Inaugural Button in lot 131 that brought $16,800 as one of just three to five known of the variety.

The massive 125 mm medal from the Women