SANTA ANA, CA. – The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money met with incredible success, realizing a total of $19.2 million across all sessions, including over $12.4 million in United States coins. Showcasing the High Rise Collection, the Magnolia Collection, and other important properties, the sale offered an incomparable lineup of rarities that included the finest known 1853-O No Arrows half dollar and the Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair dollar. (All prices include the buyer’s fee).

A selection of significant medals highlighted the Numismatic Americana that inaugurated the sale on Tuesday, August 1. Lot 7 presented a rare original striking of the 1812 Captain Jacob Jones medal in silver. Certified MS-63 (NGC) and previously sold as part of the Dreyfuss Collection in Bowers and Merena’s sale of April 1986, this piece realized $19,975 in the 2017 Denver auction. Also significant was a rare silver striking of the famous circa 1777 Washington Voltaire medal that drew considerable fanfare in lot 24. One of fewer than 10 surviving examples and pedigreed to the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, that desirable rarity garnered $12,925. An example of the legendary 1905 Roosevelt Inaugural medal by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, presented in lot 34, exhibited the scarce plain edge without the Tiffany mark. Ranked number 27 in the 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens (Whitman Publishing, 2007), this rare plain edge variant brought $28,200.

Lots 67 through 73 showcased Numismatic Literature relating to the magnificent collection of Colonel E.H.R. Green, presented in partnership with Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers. This group comprised inventories, appraisals, and photographic plates with associations to figures like M.L. Beistle, F.C.C. Boyd, Waldo Newcomer, and Morton Stack, and drew heavy interest from dedicated numismatists and bibliophiles. An extensive appraisal of the Colonel E.H.R. Green Collection by F.C.C. Boyd was the first to cross the block in lot 67, realizing $30,550, a price topped by lot 68, the impressive photographic record of the quarter eagles, half eagles, and eagles in the Green Collection that brought $35,250.

The Rarities Night session, held on Thursday, August 3, offered over 250 lots that included both historic world-class rarities and newly discovered treasures. An incomparable trio of regulated 8 escudos bearing the countermarks of goldsmiths Ephraim Brasher, John Burger, and Joseph Richardson opened the session, showcasing preservation and execution that is virtually unmatched for the type. The Brasher and Burger marked Chilean 1756/5 8 escudos in lot 2001 caused the most excitement of the group, selling for $141,000. Examples individually regulated by Brasher and Richardson followed in the next two lots, selling for $117,500 each. A bold example of the rare 1792 Judd-2 copper cent was presented in lot 2004, the fifth