Historic 1891 Dutch Kwartje Shatters Auction Records

Historic 1891 Dutch Kwartje Shatters Auction Records

In a remarkable turn of events, a 25 Cents coin from the Netherlands, known as a kwartje, minted in 1891 during Queen Wilhelmina’s reign, has ascended to numismatic royalty. On Monday, this historic coin was sold for an astounding €1,045,000 ($1,130,376) at Heritage Auctions Europe-Cooperatief (HA-Europe), setting a new record for the highest price ever paid for a Dutch coin.

HA-Europe, a branch of Heritage Auctions—the world’s premier auctioneer of coins and currency—witnessed a bidding frenzy that shattered previous records. The last record was set in 2021 when an 8-fold gold rosenobel fetched €700,000 ($757,190). For the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the prior best was an 1867 gold double ducat, sold for €200,000 last year.

“We anticipated a hammer price between €300,000 and €400,000,” revealed Jacco Scheper, Managing Director of HA-Europe. “Nobody expected this world record.” The auction saw bids pour in rapidly, beginning at €300,000 and reaching its historic peak in just two minutes.

The 1891 kwartje is revered as the pinnacle of “Kingdom coins,” a term denoting coins minted during the Kingdom of the Netherlands era (1806-present). This specific coin, now the most expensive Dutch coin ever, is especially notable for its rarity and provenance. It has had only four owners over the past century and is the sole example available on the open collecting market, which undoubtedly contributed to its legendary status among collectors.

Scheper described the coin as “the Holy Grail for coin collectors” in an interview with RTL Nieuws. Its sale not only broke records but also highlighted the enduring allure and value of numismatic treasures.

This sale was part of a stellar week for World and Ancient coins at Heritage Auctions. The CSNS World & Ancient Coins Platinum Session and Signature® Auction amassed $11,904,407, contributing to a total of $52,341,143 from the Central States Numismatic Society auction events.

For coin enthusiasts and collectors, the sale of Wilhelmina’s 1891 kwartje is a momentous event that underscores the vibrant and ever-thriving world of numismatics. This record-breaking auction sets a high bar for future sales and demonstrates the exceptional historical and monetary value that rare coins can hold.

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Rare Coin Extravaganza: Highlights from the US Coins Signature Auction

Rare Coin Extravaganza: Highlights from the US Coins Signature Auction

The recent US Coins Signature® Auction held from March 28-31, 2024, showcased some remarkable pieces, drawing in collectors and enthusiasts from around the globe. Among the standout lots was the sale of a rare 1921 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS62 PCGS, which fetched an impressive $144,000, leading the event to a total of $6,241,741.

Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions, expressed his excitement over the auction’s success, particularly highlighting the exceptional rarity and quality of the featured coins. The 1921 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, with only 175 believed to remain in existence, stood out as a leading condition rarity in the series, making it a coveted addition to any collection.

Two other coins vied for top honors in the auction, each closing at $138,000. An 1882 Double Eagle AU58 NGC and a 1915-S Panama-Pacific Round Fifty Dollar, MS65+ NGC, showcased their historical significance and rarity, attracting considerable attention from bidders.

The auction also witnessed a new record set by an 1860 Clark, Gruber Eagle, K-3, MS61 NGC, CAC, which sold for $114,000. This coin, representing a one-time banking partnership in Leavenworth, Kansas, exemplifies the rich history encapsulated within these numismatic treasures.

Another notable highlight was the sale of a 1929 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS65+ PCGS, which reached six figures, further emphasizing the enduring allure of these historical artifacts.

Other remarkable coins that achieved significant results include the 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel, MS64 NGC, and the 1793 Chain Cent, AMERICA, S-3, B-4, Low R.3, XF45 NGC, among others.

The auction attracted widespread interest, with 2,723 bidders participating in the sold-out event, underscoring the enduring fascination with rare and historically significant coins.

Complete results from the auction can be found at, offering enthusiasts and collectors alike the opportunity to explore the diverse range of coins featured in this exceptional event.

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Unveiling America’s Numismatic Treasures: A Journey Through Rarity and History at Heritage’s FUN US Coins Auction

Unveiling America’s Numismatic Treasures: A Journey Through Rarity and History at Heritage’s FUN US Coins Auction

In the world of numismatics, where every coin tells a story, Heritage Auctions is set to unveil a remarkable collection that promises to captivate both collectors and history enthusiasts alike. Among the treasures to be showcased is the much-anticipated appearance of the 1855 Kellogg & Co. Fifty Dollar PR64 Cameo PCGS. CAC, a coin revered as a pinnacle of beauty and scarcity. Described by Fort Worth coins dealer B. Max Mehl as “the most beautiful of all Pioneer gold coins,” this exemplar stands as a testament to a bygone era and is anticipated to steal the spotlight in the upcoming auction scheduled for Jan. 10-14.

With only 14 known examples to exist, none surpassing the grade of the featured coin, its allure lies not just in its aesthetic brilliance but also in its historical significance. Crafted in proof format, these coins likely served as prestigious presentation pieces for esteemed officials and businessmen of the time. The tale surrounding the Kellogg $50 coins, conceived to rival other coinage in circulation during the mid-19th century, unveils a fascinating chapter in American numismatic history.

Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions, Todd Imhof, sheds light on this era, explaining, “The emergence of the San Francisco Mint in 1854 marked the end of private coinage in California, yet the Mint struggled to meet the burgeoning demand for coins, making these proof examples highly sought after.”

Adding further intrigue to this event is the appearance of the 1792 Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, MS62 NGC, one of the earliest official coins of the United States. This coin’s origins trace back to a significant deposit of silver by none other than Thomas Jefferson, a transaction that led to the production of a mere 1,500 of these remarkable early American rarities.

The collection also boasts a stunning array of Morgan dollars, including the 1893-S Morgan Dollar, MS63, and the 1889-CC Dollar MS64 Deep Mirror Prooflike PCGS. CAC, each bearing a tale of economic turmoil and limited minting, resulting in their status as coveted treasures within the Morgan dollar series.

David T. Miller’s collection adds to the allure with coins like the 1893-S Morgan Dollar, a testimony to a tumultuous year in American history, and the 1889-CC Morgan dollar, emblematic of the Carson City Mint’s legacy and scarcity.

The auction will feature treasures from various top collections, including the Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part XI, showcasing rare Half Unions from 1877, among other remarkable pieces.

However, it’s the Old Pioneer Collection that truly embodies the spirit of exploration and entrepreneurship during the early American gold rushes. Highlighted by coins like the 1830 Templeton Reid Quarter Eagle and the 1852 Assay Office Ten Dollar, each coin echoes tales of a time when pioneers sought to transform gold nuggets into private coinage.

Among the standout lots, the 1804 Ten Dollar, Judd-34, Pollock-46, PR64 PCGS, stands as a testament to the enigmatic King of Siam Proof Set, representing a pivotal era in American numismatic history.

The auction promises a journey through time, inviting collectors and enthusiasts to delve into the rare and storied world of American coinage. Each coin, a tangible piece of history, beckons with its unique narrative, sparking intrigue and fascination.

For those eager to explore further or secure their place in this remarkable event, images and information about all lots in the auction can be found at Don’t miss the opportunity to own a piece of history and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of American numismatics at Heritage’s FUN US Coins Auction.

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Rare 1815 B-1 Quarter from ‘Colonel’ Green’s Collection at Heritage’s US Coins Auction

Rare 1815 B-1 Quarter from ‘Colonel’ Green’s Collection at Heritage’s US Coins Auction

In the world of numismatics, there exists a captivating phrase: “history that can fit in your pocket.” This sentiment rings true in the upcoming Heritage’s Dec. 14-17 US Coins Signature® Auction, where a breathtaking array of rare and historically significant coins awaits eager collectors and enthusiasts.

Among the illustrious figures woven into the tapestry of American coinage history are John Reich and Edward Howland Robinson Green. Reich, a German-born designer, dazzled Thomas Jefferson with his medal-making prowess before leaving an indelible mark at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. His masterful hand crafted the iconic Capped Bust design, defining American coinage for decades across various denominations, from the large cent to the $5 gold piece cherished by collectors.

One of Reich’s crowning achievements, the exquisite 1815 B-1 Quarter Dollar in its finest-certified state (CACG-Certified MS67), stands as a centerpiece offering. Originating from the esteemed collection of “Colonel” E.H.R. Green, this coin holds a distinguished place in numismatic history. Green, a titan among collectors and a multifaceted personality, was renowned for his vast collection that included the famed “Inverted Jennies” and close ties with President William McKinley.

Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions, emphasized, “This auction underscores the rare coin market’s enduring strength and growth. It features some exceptional individual lots, as well as featured collections that will allow winning bidders prime opportunities to bolster their collections heading into the new year.”

The auction further boasts remarkable pieces such as the exceedingly rare 1864-S Liberty Eagle, XF40 NGC, a testament to the scarcity of S-Mint Ten coins, and the sought-after 1853-D Liberty Half Eagle, MS64+ PCGS. CAC, a prized possession among Southern gold collectors for its distinction as one of the finest certified examples from the Dahlonega Mint.

A stunning highlight is the 1927-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS64, a coin steeped in allure and historical significance. Once believed to be rarer than it was, this masterpiece reflects a chapter in numismatic history intertwined with international trade and the aftermath of the Gold Recall of 1933.

Also gracing this auction is the exclusive 1855 Gold Dollar, MS66+, the pinnacle of NGC grading, showcasing the transition in coin design from the Type One to Type Two gold dollars, marking an era of captivating evolution in numismatic craftsmanship.

Delve into these numismatic treasures and explore the stories they hold by visiting The auction promises an extraordinary opportunity to acquire these timeless pieces that encapsulate the rich history of American coinage.

Join us in this journey through time, where history finds a home in the palm of your hand.

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Numismatic Rarity Extravaganza: Heritage’s Upcoming Auction Showcases Exceptional Coins from Around the Globe

Numismatic Rarity Extravaganza: Heritage’s Upcoming Auction Showcases Exceptional Coins from Around the Globe

Exquisite Coins from Around the World Await Collectors and Investors

Numismatic enthusiasts and collectors of rare coins are gearing up for an exciting opportunity as Heritage Auctions presents its upcoming World Coins Platinum Session and Signature Auction on November 3-4. This prestigious event promises to showcase a diverse array of exceptional coins from different eras and countries. Among the highlights is a Prooflike near-Gem example of the extremely rare 1894 100 Francs from the coveted Genie series.

The star of the auction, the Republic gold 100 Francs 1894-A MS64 Prooflike NGC, hails from the KJR Collection and belongs to a limited mintage of just 143 pieces. What sets it apart is its Prooflike designation, a distinction earned by only five specimens, including the one offered in this auction, across various grading services. This particular coin is expected to take center stage as collectors vie for the chance to own a piece of numismatic history.

Cris Bierrenbach, Executive Vice President of International Numismatics at Heritage Auctions, expressed his enthusiasm for the event, saying, “This is an auction that is a continuation of clients taking advantage of the exceptionally high-grade coins that are consistently available at Heritage Auctions. This 100 Francs is exceedingly rare and a perfect example of the trophy-level items people are seeking to assume a centerpiece role in elite collections.”

The KJR Collection, which specializes in top-grade 100 Francs from France and Monaco, as well as 100 Soles from Peru, has always valued the historical significance and beauty of these series. The current market is increasingly recognizing the wisdom of this approach.

Among the notable Peruvian lots in the auction is an exceptional rarity: one of just eight examples of a Republic gold 100 Soles 1958 MS65 NGC, Lima mint, KM231, Fr-78. With a mintage of only 101 pieces certified by NGC, the 1958 100 Soles holds a special place in collectors’ hearts. This example, from the VMF Collection, shares the top spot in the census, a remarkable achievement for this coveted coin.

A highlight from the ancient coin section is an extraordinary LYDIAN KINGDOM AV stater from the era of Croesus (561-546 BC). This coin, certified by NGC as Choice AU 5/5 – 5/5, is notable for its historical significance. Croesus is renowned for introducing the world’s first bimetallic standard, replacing electrum with standardized gold and silver coins. This innovation resolved issues arising from inconsistent gold-to-silver ratios, previously prevalent in electrum coinage.

Also featured is a Marc Antony AV aureus, a unique coin that includes Octavia, marking the first lifetime issue featuring a Roman woman. This extraordinary piece comes from the Military mint that traveled with Antony and Octavia in Athens, circa 38 BC.

From the Eardley and Ethel Madsen Collection, a SICILY. Syracuse. Time of Dionysius I AR decadrachm is a numismatic gem. Certified by NGC as (photo-certificate) AU 4/5 – 2/5, Fine Style, it features a racing quadriga driven left by a charioteer, reins in the left hand, kentron in the right. With only two examples cited in Gallatin, this coin represents a rare die combination.

Adding to the rarity quotient is a 1826 Concordiataler, one of the few survivors from a reported mintage of 75 to 200 pieces. This coin is a rare find outside of Europe, featuring an intricate engraving showcasing the symbols of Bern within vertical ellipses framed by peripheral rings.

Russian specialists and collectors will be intrigued by the incredibly rare Silver 2 Para of Moldavia & Wallachia, a scarce emission in silver with only seven auction appearances in the last two decades. This example, one of just two currently certified, is sure to generate significant interest among collectors.

Lastly, a British Mandate Proof 100 Mils 1931 PR63 PCGS adds to the auction’s allure. As the only Proof 100 Mils from 1931 certified by either service, it is a treasure sought after by collectors for its rarity, especially in Proof condition.

Heritage Auctions’ World Coins Platinum Session and Signature Auction promises to be a landmark event for numismatics enthusiasts and collectors seeking unique and exceptional coins. More details and images of all lots in the auction can be found at Don’t miss the opportunity to bid on these extraordinary numismatic treasures.

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Unearthing a Numismatic Treasure: The Boston Garage Coin Collection Auction

Unearthing a Numismatic Treasure: The Boston Garage Coin Collection Auction

In a thrilling turn of events, a long-forgotten collection of coins stashed away for decades in a garage in Boston became the epicenter of a heated bidding war. The treasure trove of numismatic history was showcased at Heritage’s The Boston Collection US Coins Showcase Auction, where fervent collectors and enthusiasts vied passionately, ultimately raising the total proceeds to an astonishing $987,789 on September 11.

This remarkable collection, meticulously assembled during the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s by the consignors’ grandfathers, had remained concealed until its recent unveiling at auction. The boxes containing these numismatic gems bore postmarks as early as 1942 and included a cache of unopened correspondence from the U.S. Mint, adding an air of mystery and anticipation to the proceedings.

Sam Foose, Senior Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions, expressed the significance of this extraordinary find, stating, “Much of the material in this collection has never been offered at auction before, and the aggressive bidding underscored the significance of this collection.”

One of the auction’s standout moments was the bidding frenzy surrounding a collection of unopened mint-sealed Proof sets. Leading the pack was a box containing 25 pristine, untouched sets, which commanded an astonishing $60,000. Not to be outdone, a 1952 box containing 50 unopened mint-sealed sets achieved an impressive price of $28,800, while another box from 1951, featuring 25 sets, secured a winning bid of $27,600. Further exemplifying the demand for these time capsules of numismatic history, a box of 100 1955 Proof sets closed at $16,200.

Foose commented on the allure of these unopened sets, saying, “Unopened, mint-sealed sets always are in high demand because the coins in the sets often are so well-protected, and the opportunity they represented was shown in the aggressive bidding that drove their results far beyond pre-auction expectations.”

While the Proof sets took center stage, individual coins also shone brightly in the auction. The top result for a single coin was achieved by a 1909 Half Eagle graded MS66 NGC, closing at an impressive $26,400.

Other notable lots included a 1945 Wells Fargo Original BU Roll of Half Dollars, which fetched $12,000, as well as boxes of 25 1954 Proof Sets and 25 1955 Proof Sets, realizing $11,400 and $10,200, respectively.

The discovery of this hidden treasure trove of coins in a Boston garage serves as a testament to the enduring allure of numismatic collecting. The excitement and competitive fervor it generated at Heritage’s US Coins Showcase Auction reaffirm the timeless fascination with coins that have the power to unlock the past and redefine their worth in the present.

For a comprehensive look at all the lots featured in this auction, including detailed images and information, visit

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1899 Liberty Head Double Eagle: Numismatic Perfection

1899 Liberty Head Double Eagle: Numismatic Perfection

When it comes to the world of rare coins, collectors and enthusiasts have long held onto the belief that “only the best will do.” This sentiment couldn’t ring truer than with the upcoming Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction, scheduled for September 14-17, where numismatic treasures of exceptional quality will go under the hammer. Among the star attractions is the awe-inspiring 1899 Double Eagle PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. JD-1, R.5.

Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions, describes this Liberty Head double eagle as nothing short of captivating: “Very few were created in the first place — the recorded original mintage was just 84 — and the number of surviving examples is significantly lower, around 30. This coin carries the highest grade of any survivor, including the one that is in the Smithsonian Institution. It’s the kind of trophy-level coin that can become an immediate centerpiece and demand a spotlight of its own in any collection.”

The rarity of this 1899 double eagle is undeniable. PCGS Coinfacts lists only 32 surviving examples across all grades, with a mere 10 in Gem condition or finer. In fact, only one Cameo is graded at PR66. The coin offered in this auction is one of just three that NGC has graded PR67 Ultra Cameo, and none carries a higher NGC grade.

But the Mercury Rising Collection doesn’t stop here; it boasts an impressive lineup of rare coins, including a 1870 Type Two Double Eagle PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. JD-1, Low R.7. This coin, one of only five or six survivors from an original mintage of just 35, is CAC-approved, adding to its allure.

For those with a penchant for historical numismatics, an 1854-D Three Dollar Gold, AU58 NGC, takes center stage. With a mintage of just 1,120, it’s the only three-dollar issue struck at the Dahlonega mint. Demand for coins like this one, graded above XF, is strong among collectors, making it a coveted piece.

The auction also features a 1796 Capped Bust Right Eagle, AU50 NGC, which is even more elusive than its 1795 counterpart. According to John Dannreuther, there are an estimated 125-175 surviving examples in all grades, making it a true rarity.

The Samuel Winans Collection is another highlight, focusing on Liberty Head double eagles, including several with challenging dates and mint-marks. Notable coins from this collection include an 1861-S Paquet Double Eagle, AU55 PCGS, and an 1862 Double Eagle MS63+ NGC. CAC, both exceptionally rare and sought-after pieces.

Morgan Dollar enthusiasts will find the Stuard Collection of Morgan Dollars irresistible. Featuring 30 Premier Session lots among its 86 lots, this collection offers a remarkable selection of silver dollar dates and grades. Notable pieces include an 1889-CC Morgan MS64 NGC, an 1893-S Morgan Dollar AU55 NGC, and an exceptionally rare 1904-S Morgan Dollar MS66 PCGS.

To add even more numismatic excitement, the James E. Blake Collection of U.S. Colonial Coins & Tokens is featured in a month-long Showcase auction, with highlights such as a 1724 Rosa Americana Twopence SP55 PCGS, a 1786 Connecticut Copper XF Details, and a 1670-A French Colonies 5 Sols AU55.

For those eager to explore the full spectrum of coins up for auction and to immerse themselves in the world of numismatics, detailed images and information about all lots can be found at

The Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction promises to be a veritable treasure trove for collectors and investors alike, with a stunning array of rare coins that truly embody the spirit of “only the best will do.” Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this numismatic extravaganza, where history and craftsmanship unite in the pursuit of the finest coins the world has to offer.

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Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection Part IV Shatters Records with $20 Million Sale

Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection Part IV Shatters Records with $20 Million Sale

In a momentous event that captured the attention of numismatists and collectors alike, Heritage Auctions proudly presented the Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection Part IV US Coins Signature® Auction, which concluded with a staggering total of $20,739,900. This spectacular event, held in partnership with the ANA’s World Fair of Money, marked the fourth and final installment of the renowned collection, with all proceeds continuing to support various non-profit initiatives in Dallas through the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.

The auction’s most notable highlights included two exceptional coins that stole the spotlight and showcased the fervor of the coin-collecting community. A 1907 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle, PR69, and an 1829 Capped Head Left Half Eagle, PR66+ Cameo, commanded significant attention and fetched a combined sum of $8.16 million. These two remarkable coins showcased the diversity and historical significance of the collection, adding to its legacy as one of the most remarkable coin collections ever assembled.

The 1907 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle, making its return to the auction block after nearly four decades, realized an impressive $4.32 million after 73 intense bidding rounds. With a rich history that includes ownership by notable collectors like John H. Clapp and Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., this coin stands as a testament to the enduring allure of numismatic treasures.

Equally captivating, the 1829 Capped Head Left Half Eagle generated significant buzz, with 66 bids propelling its final price to an astonishing $3.84 million. This coin, a rarity in its own right, exemplifies the intricate design and craftsmanship that defines the collection.

Notably, the auction featured an array of coins that achieved seven-figure results, further emphasizing the exceptional quality of the collection. A 1798 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle, an 1828/7 Half Eagle, and a 1799 $10 Large Obverse Stars all reached remarkable prices, showcasing the depth and breadth of the collection’s significance in the numismatic world.

Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions, expressed the team’s honor and pride in being chosen to showcase the Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection. Imhof reflected on the collection’s impact, stating, “It has surpassed every expectation, and we’re grateful not only to the Harry W. Bass Foundation for selecting Heritage but to our client-collectors who recognized the significance of the collection and, in the process, helped raise more than $83 million to benefit nonprofits in Heritage’s backyard.”

As the final hammer fell on this historic auction, it marked not only the end of a remarkable collection’s journey but also the continuation of its legacy through the impactful philanthropic endeavors it supports. The Harry W. Bass Jr. Core Collection Part IV Auction solidified its place in history as a testament to the passion and dedication of numismatic enthusiasts and collectors, leaving an indelible mark on the coin-collecting world.

For a comprehensive list of the auction’s results, interested parties can visit to explore the full scope of this extraordinary event. The auction stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of coin collecting and its ability to shape and enrich both cultural heritage and philanthropic efforts alike.

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Historic Discovery: Mint-Sealed Bag of 1963 Denver Mint Silver Half-Dollars Set to Make Six-Figure Splash at Auction

Historic Discovery: Mint-Sealed Bag of 1963 Denver Mint Silver Half-Dollars Set to Make Six-Figure Splash at Auction

In a remarkable numismatic discovery, an elderly woman from northeast Oklahoma is about to cash in on a treasure trove of historic silver half-dollars dating back to 1963. The canvas bag, which has remained sewn shut since its minting 60 years ago, contains 2,000 silver half-dollars struck at the Denver Mint and holds an intriguing story of a father’s thoughtful gift to his daughter.

The bag contains a total face value of $1,000, comprising fifty-cent denomination coins featuring the likeness of Benjamin Franklin. However, it is the silver content that makes this collection exceptionally valuable. Each 1963 half-dollar is estimated to hold approximately $9 worth of silver, adding a significant premium to their original face value. Moreover, in mint condition, these Denver Mint half-dollars can fetch around $50 each in today’s market.

Rick Tomaska, co-founder of Rare Collectibles TV based in Los Angeles, California, expressed his excitement about the upcoming auction. According to him, “This original, mint-sealed bag contains a piece of numismatic history. Considering the individual value of these coins, I would not be surprised if this bag sold for $100,000 or more.”

The bag, belonging to an elderly woman who chooses to remain anonymous, has an endearing backstory. In the 1970s, the woman’s father, a Denver dentist, gifted bags of silver half-dollars to each of his four children. While her siblings sold their coins over the years, she held onto her precious inheritance for five decades.

The canvas bag bears the inscription “U.S. MINT DENVER HALF DOLLAR $1,000 1963,” along with original stitching from the mint that securely sealed its contents. A vintage American Airlines tag attached to the bag, dated April 20, 1967, indicates its shipment to Oklahoma, where the woman’s retired father lived.

Rick Tomaska further commented on the rarity of this find, stating, “This is undoubtedly one of the last if not the very last known surviving, mint-sealed bag of 1963 Denver Mint Franklin half-dollars. The woman told me she kept it all these years because she loves silver.”

As the co-founder of Rare Collectibles TV, Tomaska is well-versed in rare coins, but he admitted that this discovery stands out as a truly unique and exceptional numismatic artifact. “This is the first time I’ve seen an original, mint-sealed bag of Franklin silver half-dollars in almost 40 years in the rare coin business,” he said, underscoring the extraordinary nature of this auction.

The auction, set to take place on July 27, 2023, will be broadcasted on national television on various channels, including DirectTV channel 222 and Dish channels 85 and 224. Bidding will commence at an impressive $69,000.

Numismatists, collectors, and investors alike are eagerly anticipating the auction, hoping to secure this extraordinary piece of history. Whoever emerges as the winning bidder will become the custodian of an invaluable and super rare numismatic artifact. Tomaska expressed a wish that the bag remains unopened to preserve its pristine, mint-sealed heritage.

The legacy of these silver half-dollars harks back to the rich history of the United States Mint, which began producing half-dollar denomination coins as early as 1794. The Benjamin Franklin design graced the coins from 1948 to 1963, following which it was replaced by the iconic tribute to President John F. Kennedy.

For those unable to participate in the live auction on television, online viewers can also join in on the bidding action by visiting at 8 PM Eastern/ 5 PM Pacific on Thursday, July 27, 2023.

For more information and inquiries about the auction, interested parties can call 800-581-7273 or visit the official website of Rare Collectibles TV at This unique event promises to be a historic moment in the world of numismatics, as enthusiasts and collectors eagerly await the fate of this exceptional mint-sealed bag of 1963 Denver Mint Franklin half-dollars.

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New Social Network for Coin Collectors, MyCollect, Launches with Exciting Features and TheftCheck Database

New Social Network for Coin Collectors, MyCollect, Launches with Exciting Features and TheftCheck Database

MyCollect, a revolutionary social network designed exclusively for coin collectors, has officially launched, providing a platform that combines interactive features of the hobby and trade. Founded and operated by collectors, MyCollect aims to address the algorithm problems commonly encountered on mainstream platforms such as Facebook while offering a safe and engaging environment for collectors worldwide.

Ian Russell, the founder of MyCollect and president of GreatCollections in Irvine, California, shared some insights about the platform’s features, saying, “The website ( is free of charge and offers a wide range of functionalities. Among the notable features are competitive sets of all U.S. coin series, the option to post publicly or privately to selected friends, and TheftCheck, the most extensive and timely searchable database of stolen certified coins.”

The platform’s primary goal is to connect, interact, learn, collect, and compete in a secure environment, all while being overseen by fellow collectors. One of the standout aspects of MyCollect is its registry section, which is not limited to one certification service. Participants can add any or all of their PCGS, NGC, and CACG-certified coins to their inventories and MyCollect Sets, fostering inclusivity and convenience.

Early reviews of MyCollect have been overwhelmingly positive, with Kenny Duncan, Jr., chief numismatist at U.S. Coins and Jewelry in Houston, Texas, describing it as a “game changer” and an invaluable tool for collectors and dealers alike.

The platform’s launch on July 10, 2023, witnessed a surge in activity, with hundreds of accounts created, messages posted, and over $250 million worth of rare coins added to the MyCollect Sets section. One notable addition is the Elite Collection of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles, which includes the world’s most valuable rare coin—a 1933 Double Eagle that sold at auction for a staggering $18.9 million.

The entry of MyCollect into the market poses a challenge for industry giants like Facebook and Instagram, who lack the essential coin and collectibles knowledge. Moreover, their algorithms have faced criticism for limiting users’ ability to view all their friends’ posts in real-time. In contrast, MyCollect is wholly owned and operated by collectors, driven by a long-term vision to promote the growth of the hobby and marketplace. The platform also has plans to expand to numerous other collectibles categories worldwide.

A vital feature of MyCollect is TheftCheck, which fulfills a longstanding need in the coin market. By entering a PCGS, NGC, or CACG certification number, users can instantly verify whether a coin has been reported stolen. The TheftCheck database is managed by former Texas Police Chief Doug Davis, founder of the Numismatic Crime Information Center. Davis will input theft reports on behalf of dealers, collectors, insurance companies, and law enforcement agencies.

In addition to its user-friendly features for collectors, MyCollect also offers application programming interfaces (APIs) for dealers and auction houses to utilize the platform’s capabilities and integrate with TheftCheck.

Russell expressed his excitement about the development process, stating, “It’s been an immense amount of fun building MyCollect with our team. We have added features that help collectors, and we will continue to expand our offerings.”

Coin enthusiasts attending the American Numismatic Association 2023 Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money® will have the opportunity to witness live demonstrations of MyCollect at table 1200, taking place from August 8-12 in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

To learn more about MyCollect and its features, please visit, contact 949-679-4180, or email

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