Don Partrick’s visionary collection of American colonial coins led the way in Heritage Auctions’ record setting Jan. 7-12 U.S. Coins auctions, held in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Orlando, FL. With almost $26 million realized for just more than 350 coins, The Partrick Collection proved a major factor in the $70+ million total of the entire FUN U.S. Coin event.
“FUN is the biggest numismatic event of the year and Heritage’s biggest set of auctions,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage. “We saw great coins and great collectors all adding up to superb prices and excellent exposure for both Heritage and the entire hobby of numismatics.”
Between the Heritage U.S. Coins FUN auctions, Heritage’s FUN U.S. and World Currency Auctions and the company’s World & Ancient Coins auctions in New York the previous week, Heritage’s January tally in numismatic and currency auctions exceeds $96 million. Between The Partrick Collectionand The Platinum Night offerings, seven coins sold in the seven figure range, with four of them topping the $2 million mark:
Partrick’s stunning, world record $2.585 million final price was realized for a 1792 Birch Cent, Judd 4, MS65 Red and Brown NGC CAC, the finest known example, while his 1792 Eagle-on-Globe Copper Quarter Dollar MS63 NGC CAC, the only specimen available to collectors, realized $2,325,500, a record price for the type.
A 1793 S-4 Chain Cent, MS66 Brown PCGS Ex: Parmelee-Brand-Naftzger – the second finest PCGS-Certified Chain Cent and the finest with CAC approval – drew applause when it also realized $2.35 million as the top lot in the Platinum Night Auction at FUN, a world record price that stood for 24 hours, while a 1907 Ultra High Relief $20 PR68 NGC and PCGS Secure, Ex: Saint-Gaudens Estate, offered for the first time ever at auction, captured national attention on its way to realizing a $2.115 million final price.
Continuing the fireworks in the auction room were two of only four known Continental dollars in silver. Partrick’s 1776 Newman 1-C Continental Dollar XF40 NGC, America’s first silver dollar and a coin of tremendous historic importance, realized $1,527,500, a superb price mark matched by another coin dating to the early days of the nation, a 1776 Newman 3-D, EG FECIT Silver Continental Dollar MS62 NGC.
The seventh highest price of the auctions came in the form of a 1792 Copper Disme MS64 Red and Brown NGC CAC, the finest of three known, which realized $1,057,500.