Holabird-Kagin Americana Sets World Record Sales At Auction

The 1854 octagonal half dollar reached $56,400.

RENO, NEV. — Holabird-Kagin Americana reported exceptional sales prices for the collections that crossed the auction block at the April 12–13 auction conducted at the Atlantis Casino Resort.

The Jack Totheroh collection of about 200 California fractional gold coins was estimated to sell for $360,000 given comparable sales records. However, Holabird-Kagin Americana realized almost two and one-half times above the estimate, selling the entire coin collection for $865,358. Similarly, the Bergen-Istvan collection, which contained 19 finest known and 13 second finest known coins, was estimated at $161,850 but sold for $251,861.

The Hart’s coins of the Golden West set was estimated at $38,650 but sold for more than twice above the estimate — $79,841 for the set, all finest known examples.

Even outside of the realm of coins and numismatics, the firm’s $2.4 million sale broke records in Native American Panamint baskets, which garnered attention from bidders across the globe. With a low estimate of $58,100, the collection sold for $106,014.

Even in the fields of Western mining collectibles, ingots, paper goods, and railroadiana, records were set in prices realized, bidder participation, attendance and more.

Prices reported include the buyer’s premium.

Holabird-Kagin Americana is accepting consignments for its summer sale, set for August 23–24 in Reno at the Atlantis Hotel Casino Resort. The firm’s Western Americana collections sale is June 15–16.

For additional information, www.holabirdamericana.com or 877-852-8822.

A unique round quarter dollar with no date (1853?) fetched $48,175.

This Panamint birds and turtle polychrome basket design consists of birds in trees, cactus and arrows around the body of the basket and a turtle in the base. It sold for $13,145.

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