Pogue Collection tops $350M

All realizations include buyer’s fee.

With another $15 million US (more than $21 million Cdn.) crossing the auction block on March 19, total realizations for the D. Brent Pogue Collection now exceed $250 million US (about $353 million Cdn.).

The latest auction – the collection’s seventh offering since 2015 – was originally slated for the Whitman Baltimore Spring Expo, which was cancelled a week earlier after a state of emergency was declared in Maryland due to COVID-19. The sale was instead held at Stack’s Bowers Galleries offices in Santa Ana, Calif., with the 420-lot selection topping its pre-sale high estimates despite concerns about the pandemic’s impact on the economy.

The coin is graded About Uncirculated-58-plus by Professional Coin Grading Service.


The top-selling lot was the finest of only three known 1854-S half eagles.

The first $5 gold coin struck at the San Francisco Mint, it “commands respect that surpasses other giants of numismatics,” according to auctioneers. Certified as About Uncirculated-58-plus by Professional Coin Grading Service, it realized $1.92 million US ($2.7 million Cdn.) after nearly four decades off the market. It was last offered in the 1982 sale of the Louis Eliasberg Collection.

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