The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official ANA Auction Realizes Over $41 Million
Santa Ana, CA. — Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ August 14-16 Official Currency Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money was a great success, with many items exceeding estimate on their way to new homes. Two name collections, Part II of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money and Part I of the John E. Herzog Collection of United States Treasury Bonds attracted intense interest, as well as enthusiastic bidding. In all, the paper money portion of the firm’s Philadelphia auction realized $12,294,094.
The first section of United States paper money presented in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ auction was the John E. Herzog Collection of United States Treasury Bonds, which crossed the auction block on the evening of August 14. This group of 112 lots proved once again that collections patiently formed over decades achieve superb results at public auction. Numerous pieces realized multiples of their previous purchase prices, some as much as a dozen times. Leading the Herzog results was lot 11034, a $5,000 Fr. 211 Face and Back Proof pair graded New-62, which realized $48,000 (it last sold in 1990 for $7,150). Classically styled bond specimens from the 1840s were popular, as displayed by lot 10017, an 1848 $5,000 Specimen originating in the Vattemare Albums that realized $18,000 in uncertified Uncirculated condition. Historical financial documents were of great interest; lot 10004, an 1840 Charlotte Mint Receipt for Gold Bullion with Black American history context saw spirited bidding to $11,400, more than double its high estimate. The most comprehensive modern offering of Liberty Loan certificates from World War I were featured in the sale. The high denominations were strongly sought after with lot 10096, a Victory Liberty Loan $1,000 bond, fetching $13,200. Realizing the same result was a serial number 1 Fourth Liberty Loan in lot 10088. The 112 lots offered from the John Herzog Collection realized over $650,000, with many different buyers augmenting their collections.
The excitement continued on the evening of August 16, when Part II of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money achieved nearly $10 million as a room full of enthusiasts vied with online bidders for these exceptional pieces. In all, the 70 lots realized $9,652,860, with two notes bringing over $1 million each and well over a quarter of the lots crossing the $100,000 mark. Lot 2021, an 1861 $50 Interest Bearing note (Fr. 202a), the only collectible example of the series and an incredible numismatic rarity brought $1,020,000, confirming the consignor’s belief in the importance of this particular note. The new owner agreed, stating:
This $50 Treasury Note was the very first currency used during the Civil War. . . As the only surviving example from the entire issue, it holds immense value, not only for the collecting community but also as a piece of United States history.
Two lots later, an 1863 $100 Interest Bearing Note (Fr. 204), one of only two known to survive and the only example available to collectors, nearly doubled its presale estimate, selling for $900,000. An important offering of Silver Certificates of Deposit comprised just eight notes but collectively realized over $2.2 million. The top price among these was garnered by lot 2041, the 1880 “Black Back” $1000 Silver Certificate of Deposit (Fr. 346d), one of only two in private hands, which brought $1,020,000. Among Gold Certificates, lot 2051 a Serial Number 1 “Technicolor” $20 note that could be traced all the way back to Theodore Roosevelt’s White House resulted in a final price of $552,000.
In addition to the Herzog and Anderson collections, Stack’s Bowers Galleries presented nearly 500 lots of additional United States currency, which spanned Colonial and Continental pieces, Large and Small Size notes, and Nationals and Errors. Lot 11046 presented a newly discovered 1899 $1 uncut sheet that featured Serial Numbers 1-4, the first sheet printed for the Lyons-Treat Signature Combination. This sheet, graded About Uncirculated EPQ tripled its high estimate, selling for $180,000. Among Error notes, a mismatched serial number $100 note from the Winters National Bank in Dayton, Ohio (lot 11213), pedigreed to the John Whitney Walter Collection, brought $18,000. Among National Bank Notes, lot 11226 offered the finest graded Small Size Alaska National, a $5 from the First National Bank of Ketchikan (Fr. 1800). Graded Gem Uncirculated 65 EPQ, this prize was bid well past its high estimate, finally selling for $90,000. Presented in lot 11244 was a Choice Uncirculated 63 $2 from the First National Bank of Lincoln, Illinois (Fr. 389a). This note, with the popular Lazy Deuce design and a pedigree to the John Whitney Walter Collection, brought $19,200.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries is currently preparing the catalog for their next important United States paper money auction event, the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, October 24-26 in Baltimore, Maryland. Included will be Part III of the Joel R. Anderson Collection, Part II of the John E. Herzog Collection, and the Caine Collection of Federal Proofs and Essays, as well as a diverse selection of other United States currency. The entire sale will be available at the firm’s website or call 800-458-4646 to reserve a printed catalog.
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s legacy includes the cataloging and sale of some of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections: The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.
Press release courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.