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September Coins & Currency Sale will Present an 1812 $5 “Capped Bust” Half-eagle—estimated at $18,000-$20,000

The sale features a diverse selection of American, foreign, and ancient coins as well as coins from rare mints, including Carson City, Charlotte, and New Orleans. 

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner Auctioneers will host an auction of Coins & Currency with online bidding open from September 14-21, 2021. The sale will feature a diverse selection of American, foreign, and ancient coins, with the majority of the sale representing U.S. coins from the 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly early denomination gold. The sale is notable for its representation of type coinage as well as a range of domestic coins from rare mints, including Carson City, Charlotte, and New Orleans. 

1812 Capped Bust Half Eagle, MS-63
(Estimate: $18,000-20,000)

The centerpiece of the sale is an 1812 $5 “Capped Bust” Half-eagleestimated at $18,000-$20,000, and minted just in advance of the War of 1812. Given that much of the early 19th-century gold has been melted and many coins were shipped overseas during this period, this coin is considered extremely rare. Its authenticity was certified by a third party in the 1980s and it has stayed in protective plating since then. 

1905 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle, Proof-65
(Estimate: $12,000-14,000)

Also represented is a 1905 U.S. Liberty Head Quarter Eagle proofestimated at $12,000-$14,000. This limited-series coin is in choice condition, and only 144 proofs of this version were originally struck. The remaining U.S. coins represented in this auction range from 1798 to 2011, with the exception of a 1652 Pine Tree shillingestimated at $800- $1,200—the first coin minted in the United States during colonial times. Because only the king had the power to issue coins, the colonies were held hostage to very low circulation of hard currency during the early years, with all trade dependent on England. Massachusetts took advantage of a crisis of succession in 1652—after Charles I was beheaded and before King James had been crowned—to begin minting currency for domestic circulation, an act of rebellion. This coin remains a powerful symbol of early American independence and audacity. 

Large Planchet 1652 Pine Tree Shilling
(Estimate: $800-1,200)
Tetradrachm from Ancient Greece
(Estimate: $600-800)

The sale will also highlight coins from Rome, Greece, and ancient India. The most famous of these coins is the Athenian Owl tetradrachmestimated at $600-$800, which remains among the most recognizable coins of the ancient world. 

About Skinner 

Skinner attracts top consignments and commands record-breaking prices in the international auction marketplace. With renowned expertise and extraordinary service, Skinner is the place for buyers, sellers and the passionately curious. Skinner appraisers are familiar faces on PBS’s 19-time Emmy Award-nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Visit us in Boston, Marlborough, New York, Maine, Florida, or online at https://www.skinnerinc.com 

Georg Jensen: Master of Silver

The term “iconic” is much used—and abused—to refer to people or objects that are widely agreed to epitomize a particular style. When it comes to modern silver, iconic is indeed the fitting adjective for the world-renowned Danish designer Georg Jensen.

The most important silversmith of the 20th century, Jensen combined art and an artistry that resonate in the huge body of work bearing his name and distinctive style. His influence continues to this day.… Read More

September Regional Consignment Days | Maine & Westchester

We invite you to join us online for regional consignment days in Maine and Westchester, New York. Skinner specialists look forward to evaluating items via email, and beginning the conversation about the advantages of selling at auction.

Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches & coins and much more. Send an email with the information and images at maine@skinnerinc.com, newyork@skinnerinc.com or at the buttons below.… Read More

Portland, ME Consignment Day | September 23

Meet with Skinner Specialists in Portland, ME

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2021-2022 auctions. Meet with Skinner specialists in Portland, ME, on September 23 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your fine artjewelrywatchesmusical instruments, and coins & currency. Please get in touch with us to request an appointment, and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time.… Read More

In a Creative Light: The Photographs of Abelardo Morell

Abe Morell is an artist driven by inquisitiveness and appears to have an endless source of creative energy. A local to the Boston arts scene with worldwide prestige, Morell is also a longtime educator who has influenced a generation of practicing photographers.

Knife and Spoon, 2004Gelatin silver printEstimate: $2,000-3,000

Morell’s photographs are often visually perplexing, from interiors illuminated with the exterior view projected upon them, to visual reexaminations of everyday objects.… Read More

Long-time Collections Lead the Way: Skinner Exceeds $2M in August Americana Auctions

MARLBOROUGH, MA – September 1, 2021. Each year, Skinner times its August Auction to attract Americana enthusiasts from across the country who attend the numerous focused annual shows held in New Hampshire. This summer was no exception, with well-attended public previews and many requests from those not viewing in person.

The two auctions offered fine American furniture from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, along with a robust and diverse selection of pottery, porcelain, silver, folk art, weathervanes, maritime art, pewter, and Shaker items consigned by private collectors, talented members of the trade, and institutions.… Read More

Hartford Consignment Day | September 15

Meet with Skinner Specialists in Hartford, CT

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2021-2022 auctions. Meet with Skinner specialists in Hartford, CT on September 15 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your JewelryFine Art, Silver, and Coins & Currency. Appointments required. Please contact us to request an appointment and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time.… Read More

Virtual First Tuesday | September 7

Join us for First Tuesday online!

AUCTION EVALUATION DAY | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

See what hidden treasures our experts may be able to reveal

We invite you to join us online for our Virtual First Tuesday on July 6. Submit your items anytime before the 6th and Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand on Tuesday to evaluate items and respond by email.

Let’s get started: 

Step 1: Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches, coins and much more.Read More

Antique Weathervanes, Part III: Function and Form

Americana, folk art, sculpture, historical documents, cultural markers, scientific tools, advertising devices: weathervanes are all of these. Since the 1970s, they have been increasingly sought after by collectors, and in recent years many vanes have brought five- and six-figure prices. A few have sold for millions. The present record price is $5.8 million for an Indian Chief vane sold at auction in 2006. But records are meant to be broken…

However beautiful, whimsical, historically significant, or imaginative a weathervane may be, it is fundamentally utilitarian.… Read More

Fashion Forward

Two hundred years ago the English poet and playwright Colley Cibber commented “One had as good be out of the world as out of fashion.” That’s a little extreme, but being fashionable is a feel-good thing.

Jewelry is fashion. Like all fashions it expresses the time and place in which it was made. Jewelry can also be fun, fabulous, fanciful, fascinating: you get the picture. And unlike many other expressions of fashion, fine jewelry doesn’t wear out or lose its intrinsic value.… Read More

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