$41m USD in total U.S. coin sales at Florida United Numismatists Auction
Just shy of $25 million USD in U.S. coins crossed the block during Heritage’s Platinum Night, which was the feature event in the Jan. 3-8 Heritage U.S. Coin FUN auction. All results include a 20 per cent buyer’s premium.
The Stellas were intended to circulate internationally alongside other commonly accepted trade coinage such as sovereigns. Never struck for circulation, pattern examples only were struck only in 1879 and 1880, and with 1880 being “far rarer”, according to auctioneers. Two obverse designs were used each year.
All Stellas, regardless of date or variety, are highly sought-after coins. An example of the 1880 Stella with the Flowing Hair obverse, graded Proof 67 Cameo by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., was the highest selling lot in the auction, reaching a final price of $750,000 USD.
A similarly graded coin dated 1879 sold for $312,500 USD.
Both coins belonged to the Burgess Lee Berlin Collection of important U.S. rarities.