Reporting from the 52 Collection Sale, Part Two
This Market Report comes to you directly from the Stack’s-Bowers Numismatics auction gallery at 110 West 57th Street, on the second floor of the Directors Guild of America Building. I’m in the back row, flanked by staff members manning telephones, while in multiple rows between the podium and me are bidders—a veritable Who’s Who in American Paper Money Collecting. Dealers are adding to their stocks and filling customers’ want lists, and collectors are pursuing their own treasures. An even wider field of bidders is on the Internet watching and pushing their “BID” buttons.
Up for sale as I write these words are obsolete bank notes from The 52 Collection Part II, offering one of the nicest selections of this specialty ever. Bids have been uniformly strong across the board so far, with multiple bidders on each lot. Tomorrow (Wednesday) our Americana Sale starts, continuing through Thursday. Advance interest has been intense. The numismatic market is alive and well.
At our gallery across the way, at 123 West 57th Street, I had a nice chat this morning with a gentleman who has been a coin collector for many years, but mostly on a casual basis. Now, he would like to set about acquiring a selection of classic scarcities and rarities. Recently, he bought a beautiful MCMVII (1907) High Relief double eagle from us, and this morning we discussed two Panama-Pacific International Exposition $50 coins we have available—one round and the other octagonal—each with great eye appeal.
Otherwise, we’re all busy working with incoming consignments for our future sales, with the March Whitman Coins & Collectibles Expo coming up quickly—with consignments closing very soon. If you’d like us to showcase your coins or collection, just call Rick Bagg, John Pack, or Vicken Yegparian at 800-566-2580 to discuss the best opportunities for selling your numismatic items.
My best wishes to you for a very enjoyable week. And, best of success for winning coins, tokens, medals, and paper money of interest in our sale sessions currently in progress.
Q. David Bowers