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GreatCollections to auction $6 million Catskill Collection

Ian Russell on Wed, Jun 03, 2020 08:25:08 AM
June 2, 2020. Irvine, Calif. – GreatCollections is pleased to announce the Catskill Collection of U.S. coins, the most valuable single collection ever consigned to our firm. The collection comprises of just 240 certified coins graded by PCGS and NGC and includes many major rarities, such as a 1792 Half Dime, 1794 Silver Dollar, $4 Gold Stella and one of the finest 1907 High Relief Saint-Gaudens in existence. All coins are being offered unreserved in GreatCollections June & July auctions. The total value, as listed by PCGS and NGC, exceeds $6 million.
The owner of the Catskill Collection purchased most of the coins from private dealers over the past decade and focused on quality, history and rarity. Apart from the many key dates, there are coins rarely offered in any grade, such as scarce Territorial issues, patterns and proof gold. A good number of the coins have been approved by CAC, including most of the rarities.

Ian Russell, president of GreatCollections said, “What a privilege it is to handle these coins – there are coins in this collection that we would love to see once in five years, yet here they are, all at once. We have already received a record number of inquiries about this impressive collection.”

One of the most popular coins in the collection is the 1794 Silver Dollar, graded VF-30 by PCGS. The pedigree on the coin dates back to the 19 th century, where it was acquired by S. Benton Emery, a banker from New England who was ANA member #251. It was more recently in the collection of the late Jack Lee, a prominent collector and silver dollar specialist. The coin is expected to realized over $150,000.

Another highlight is the 1879 Four-Dollar Flowing Hair Stella, graded PCGS Proof-65 CAMEO with CAC approval. This coin last traded in 2015 where it sold for $205,625 at the ANA World’s Fair of Money held in Chicago.

Among the proof coins in the Catskill Collection, a 1896 Liberty Double Eagle stands out. From an original mintage of 128 pieces, this example has been graded NGC Proof-64+ Ultra Cameo, with CAC approval.

With just two graded finer at PCGS, the 1907 High Relief Saint-Gaudens, graded MS-67 with CAC approval is clearly the finest we have handled. The popular issue is as close to perfection as one can imagine and is valued at over $200,000.

Select highlights from the Catskill Collection

All coins are available for private viewing by appointment, and expert opinions are available by telephone or e-mail. For more information about the Catskill Collection and GreatCollections , please visit www.greatcollections.com/selling or telephone 1-800-442-6467.

For a complimentary and confidential appraisal of your coin collection, visit www.greatcollections.com/selling or telephone Ian Russell, Andy Wedding or Juliann Gim at 1-800-442-6467.