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PCGS MS69 1907 $20 Wire Rim High Relief Realizes $517,500 at Heritage’s $10 Million Phoenix ANA Signature Auction.

- March 11, 2008

Dallas, TX. - The Official Auction of the ANA’s Phoenix National Money Show, presented by Heritage Auction Galleries March 6-7 included a wide range of PCGS-certified rarities among $10 million in prices realized. The auction, containing 2,000 lots, marked Heritage’s 37th official auction on behalf of the American Numismatic Association. Images, descriptions, and prices realized are currently posted at Heritage’s website.

Highlights from Heritage’s Phoenix ANA Signature Auction:

Lot 138: 1792 Washington Getz pattern cent, Small Eagle, Copper XF40 PCGS. Baker-25. Breen-1352.
Realized: $40,250
The dies for this well executed, plain-edged pattern Cent were engraved by Peter Getz of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, based on designs of young English engraver John Gregory Hancock.

Lot 1045: 1889-CC Morgan dollar, MS63 PCGS. Realized: $40,250
This is the rarest and most desirable Carson City Morgan dollar coined from 1878 to 1893. From The Oxford Collection.

Lot 1136: 1893-S Morgan dollar AU55 PCGS. Realized: $37,375
This coin’s overall visual appeal is solid, and the fields retain the vast majority of their modestly reflective luster. From The Oxford Collection. Ex: Mike Casper II.

Lot 1227: 1895 Morgan dollar PR63 PCGS. Realized: $43,125
The 1895 is easily the most discussed Morgan proof issue and the one that receives the most attention from numismatists. From The Oxford Collection.

Lot 1228: 1895 Morgan dollar PR64 PCGS.
Realized: $44,562
It is possible that numismatists will never discover what happened to the missing 12,000 circulation strikes (or even if they ever existed).

Lot 1356: 1865 Gold dollar, MS68 PCGS. CAC.
Realized: $34,500
The mintage of 1865 gold dollars was a minuscule 3,725 examples -- among the lowest of the entire Type Three series; this is tied for the finest certified.

Lot 1446: 1884 $3 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS. Realized: $63,250
The three dollar gold piece had gained immense popularity among collectors by the end of its duration. Only 2 certified finer. From The Ultra Collection.

Lot 1450: 1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, R.3 PR65 Cameo PCGS. Realized: $218,500
Numismatic tradition is that 425 of these four dollar gold pieces were coined in 1879, but whatever the actual mintage, only 11 have been certified finer (1/08). From The Ultra Collection.

Lot 1649: 1861-O $20 AU58 PCGS. Realized: $86,250
Of the 17,741 1861-O pieces coined at the New Orleans Mint, only 5,000 were struck under the authority of the United States, with 9,750 double eagles for Louisiana as an independent state, and 2,991 under the auspices of the CSA. Only two certified finer.

Lot 1766: 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS69 PCGS. CAC. Realized: $517,500
Mint Director Leach had the pieces struck to satisfy President Roosevelt's desires for high relief coinage, all the while realizing that the design was impractical for modern, one-blow circulation coinage. None have been certified finer. Ex: Trompeter Collection; The Phillip H. Morse Collection of Saint-Gaudens Coinage.

Lot 1767: 1907 $20 High Relief, Flat Rim MS65 PCGS. Realized: $69,000
An extraordinary example of the most coveted 20th century gold issue. From The Ultra Collection.

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