The August auction featured hundreds of U.S. coins graded by NGC, including one from a historic shipwreck.
Twenty-three coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) each realized six figures in Heritage Auctions’ U.S. Coins Signature Auction. Presented on August 28, 2022, the sale offered some of the rarest coins in U.S. numismatics, including a stunning Proof Eagle, a Panama-Pacific Round $50, and an 1857-S Double Eagle with exceptional eye appeal.
One of the impressive offerings in the sale was an 1866 Motto Eagle graded NGC PF-66 Cameo (lot 4099), which sold for $264,020. Beautifully struck, this example is one of 30 Proofs that were produced.
Also offered was a Panama-Pacific Round $50 commemorative graded NGC MS-66 (lot 4175) that realized $198,000. This commemorative was distributed at San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific Expo, which celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal as well as the rebirth of that California city after a devastating earthquake. Fewer than 500 of the $50 round versions were sold, making them rarer than the octagonal versions that were sold concurrently.
The sale featured another coin with strong ties to San Francisco: an 1857-S Double Eagle that was recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Central America. Graded NGC MS-67★ (lot 4108), it also realized $198,000. Pedigreed to the Song Family Collection, this particular example is the highest-graded to have also earned the NGC Star (★) Designation for exceptional eye appeal, which is highly desired by collectors.
The sale also included over 100 NGC-certified coins from the Massachusetts colonial era, pedigreed to the prestigious Salmon Collection, which realized over $2.9 million. Among them were ten coins that each realized at least $100,000. (To learn more about this collection, click here.)
Other NGC-certified highlights include:
- an 1815 quarter graded NGC MS-67+★ and pedigreed to “Colonel” E.H.R. Green (lot 3912) that realized $168,000
- a 1795 13 Leaves Eagle graded NGC MS-61 (lot 4066) that realized $156,000
- a 1916 half dollar graded NGC PF-64 and pedigreed to the James Bennett Pryor Collection (lot 4217) that realized $144,000
- an 1862 Half Eagle graded NGC PF-65★ Cameo and pedigreed to the Twin Maples Collection (lot 3385) that realized $126,000
- a 1921 Peace dollar graded NGC PF-65 Matte (lot 3982) that realized $126,000
- a 1921 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle graded NGC MS-61 (lot 4153) that realized $120,283
- an 1870 Eagle graded NGC PF-65 Ultra Cameo (lot 4100) that realized $108,000
- an 1825/1 Half Eagle graded NGC MS-61 (lot 4043) that realized $105,000
- an 1811 half dollar graded NGC MS-68 (lot 3933) that realized $105,000
- an 1828 quarter graded NGC MS-67 (lot 3914) that realized $102,000
All prices realized include buyer’s premium.
Press release courtesy of the Numismatic Guaranty Company