Leading rare coin auctioneer Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a subsidiary of
Spectrum Group International, Inc. (SPGZ), conducted one of the most
highly-anticipated events in numismatic history on January 24, 2013,
with the sale of the record-setting Cardinal Collection. The highlight
of the evening was the $10,016,875 sale of the coveted 1794 Flowing Hair
silver dollar, a superb Gem Specimen example, the finest known to exist.
This set a new world-record price for any coin. Attended by
hundreds of enthusiasts, collectors, investors and dealers, and
resulting in nearly $27 million in rare coins crossing the block, the
auction of The Cardinal Collection and other important consignments took
place as part of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York Americana Sale.
Stack's Bowers Galleries conducted one of the most highly-anticipated events in numismatic history on January 24, 2013, with the sale of the record-setting Cardinal Collection. The highlight of the evening was the $10,016,875 sale of the coveted 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar, a superb Gem Specimen example, the finest known to exist. This set a new world-record price for any coin. (Photo: Business Wire)
“To be a part of this historical occasion is nothing short of amazing!”
said Chris Napolitano, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
“Collectors competed with great fervor and energy, resulting in
outstanding overall prices realized. The price of the gem 1794 dollar
went up and up into the millions, with everyone in the audience on the
edge of their seats until at last there was just one bidder remaining.
At $10,016,875, a world-record price for any coin had been set! The
previous record was $7,590,020 for a 1933 Double Eagle, set in 2002 by
our firm in partnership with Sotheby’s. While it is well known that the
value of the American dollar has depreciated over the years, here is a
dollar that has increased in value beyond the wildest of anyone’s
One of the greatest American numismatic landmarks, the 1794 Flowing Hair
silver dollar is the finest known example of its kind, graded
Specimen-66 by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and the
Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), leading certifiers of a coin’s
condition. A close study of its characteristics suggests that it may
well be the first specimen struck of the first year of the silver
dollar, and was carefully preserved for posterity.
A certified 1792 silver half disme graded MS-68 by the Numismatic
Guaranty Corporation (NGC) sold for $1,145,625, a 1793 Chain AMERICA
large cent graded MS-65 BN (PCGS) (CAC) fetched a strong $998,750, and a
1794 Liberty Cap Cent with the Head of 1793 graded MS-64 BN (PCGS) (CAC)
soared to $881,250 among many other notable and record prices.
“Thanks to Martin Logies, chief architect of The Cardinal Collection, we
were able to bring one of the most significant collections in all of
numismatics to auction,” Napolitano continued. “The event helped set a
new standard of excellence in numismatics, and pays homage to the
history, legacy and lore of American coin collecting.”
In addition to The Cardinal Collection, the New York Americana Sale
featured other United States coins of all denominations, including many
rarities and finest known examples. For a complete list of items sold
and prices realized from the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York Americana
Sale, please visit stacksbowers.com.
To consign U.S. coins and paper money to the March 2013 Whitman Coin and
Collectibles Baltimore Expo, the Official Auction of the May 2013 ANA
New Orleans National Money Show or the Official Auction of the August
2013 ANA Chicago World’s Fair of Money, please call 800.458.4646 (West
Coast) or 800.566.2580 (East Coast). To consign world coins and currency
to our August 2013 Hong Kong Auction or the Official Auction of the
August 2013 ANA Chicago World’s Fair of Money, please call 800.458.4646
(West Coast) or 800.566.2580 (East Coast).
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum
Group International Inc., combines the extraordinary histories of
Stack’s, the oldest rare coin auction and retail company in America,
with Bowers and Merena Auctions, one of the world’s preeminent
auctioneers of rare coins and paper money. The two companies unite to
share a combined legacy that spans more than 100 years, and includes the
cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable collections to ever
cross an auction block — the John J. Ford, Jr. and Louis E. Eliasberg,
Sr. collections, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, and The Norweb
Collection — to name just a few. Topping off this amazing numismatic
history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever
realized at auction for a rare coin: the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar
graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million dollars. The
company is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in New
York, New Hampshire and Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the
Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions,
including the 2013 ANA World’s Fair of Money and the ANA/PNG Pre-Show,
the 2013 ANA National Money Show, and the Whitman Coin and Collectibles
Baltimore Expo, three times yearly.
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