- March 16, 2016
Extremely Rare 1879 "Quintuple Stella" Pattern $20
(Lincroft, NJ)- Legend Rare Coin Auctions today announced the consignment of the extremely rare 1879 Pattern $20 Judd-1643, popularly known among numismatists as a "Quintuple Stella." One of only a small number struck there are currently only five accounted for, including one that is ensconced in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. This major, seven-figure rarity has an insurance value of $2,000,000.
The specimen that will be offered in the Legend Rare Coin Auction Regency XVII Sale on May 19 in New Orleans, is the well pedigreed Virgil Brand-Amon Carter-Ed Trompeter-Bob R. Simpson Duplicate, currently graded PR64 Deep Cameo by PCGS, and is second finest behind a coin graded PR64+ Deep Cameo. It is amazing that three of the owners of this specimen owned duplicates of this major rarity; Virgil Brand owned three examples, Ed Trompeter owned two, and Bob Simposon is retaining the superb PCGS PR64+ DCAM for his collection. Each example of the Quintuple Stella has been in the collection of the most famous of all numismatists: Garrett owned one, Wilkison owned one, King Farouk owned one, and Louis Eliasberg owned one. Now is your opportunity to own one. The mirrors are bold and reflective, with stunning black and white contrast and very pleasing orange peel surfaces. A very few light hairlines account for the assigned grade, but can be overlooked.
In discussing the consignment of this exceptional coin, LRCA partner, Laura Sperber, had this to say:
We are honored that our firm has been selected to offer this important numismatic treasure. Very few numismatists have ever had the opportunity to hold an example of this rarity, let alone the opportunity to actually purchase one. This legendary coin will be on display at our tables at the March Baltimore Show and April Central States Numismatic Society show.
"A coin like this is a monumental milestone for the advanced numismatist," Julie Abrams, President of LRCA added, "In an instant your collection can join the ranks of the most famous and storied collectors of the past."
Laura Sperber continued, "The Regency XVII Auction will be a very special event, with two classic rarities consigned as anchors to the sale; last week we announced the consignment of the James A. Stack 1827 Original quarter, graded PR64 by PCGS. This will be a monumental event, one of the most important auction offerings of 2016, an event not to be missed by anyone involved in numismatics!"
Consignments for this sale are still being accepted, so to consign alongside this landmark and historic offering, be sure to contact Julie Abrams or Greg Cohen to discuss your holdings.
Article provided by PCGS at www.pcgs.com