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Nine Notes Cross the Six-Figure Mark in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ $4.38 Million Las Vegas U.S. Currency Auction

by Stacks Bowers Galleries

Published on April 5, 2021

The leading lot of the night was the Fr.167a 1863 $100 “Spread Eagle” Legal Tender Note.
The leading lot of the night was the Fr.167a 1863 $100 “Spread Eagle” Legal Tender Note.


Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ first live United States currency auction event of 2021 was a tremendous success that saw nine lots cross the six-figure mark on Thursday night, March 25.


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Costa Mesa, CA -- Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ first live United States currency auction event of 2021 was a tremendous success that saw nine lots cross the six-figure mark on Thursday night, March 25. In all 525 lots of U.S. realized a total of $4,062,654 during the live session of the auction. (All prices include the buyer’s fee.)

The leading lot of the night was the Fr.167a 1863 $100 “Spread Eagle” Legal Tender Note graded Choice Uncirculated 63 by PCGS Banknote. It realized $264,000.

A pair of ultra-high denomination notes each sold for $180,000. They were a Fr.2221-K 1934 $5000 from Dallas graded Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ by PMG and a Fr.2231-B 1934 $10,000 “Binion” note from New York graded Gem New 65 by PCGS Currency.

Two Treasury Notes rounded out the top five, with a Fr.377 1890 $100 “Baby Watermelon” note graded Choice Extremely Fine 45 by PCGS Banknote realizing $168,000 and a Fr.376 1891 $50 Treasury Note PMG graded Extremely Fine 40 EPQ selling for $156,000. Three of the top five grossing lots were selections from the Karelian Collection.

The firm’s currency auction concluded Tuesday March 30 with 641 Internet-only lots which combined to realize $326,493 bringing the total prices realize for the sale to $4,389,147. Overall the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2021 auction of U.S. coins and currency realized an impressive $27,880,404.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is now accepting consignments to their August ANA auction. To consign to that auction contact Director of Currency Peter Treglia at PeterT@stacksbowers.com or Currency Specialist Brad Ciociola at bciociola@stacksbowers.com.

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 85-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. 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.

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, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal 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.



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