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Press Release - November 11, 1998

Trompeter With Motto Liberty $10s Added to the January 1999 FUN Signature Sale

Dallas, Texas: Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. has announced that the complete With Motto series of proof Liberty $10s from the Ed Trompeter Estate will be sold in their FUN Signature Sale, being held in Orlando, January 6-8, 1999. Heritage purchased the numismatic treasures of the Trompeter Estate, America's greatest collection of proof gold coinage, last August for $15,177,500. This legendary collection, formed by the late California industrialist over many decades of collecting, contains some of America's most important gold coins. The sale established a world record as the first eight-figure private transaction in numismatic history.

"The Trompeter Estate," noted Heritage Co-Founder Steve Ivy, "contained less than 250 coins, all United States gold. Many collectors deem its highlight, a unique set of six gem condition 1872 'Amazonian' patterns, to be the world's single most valuable numismatic item. The 42 proof Liberty Eagles being sold at FUN will mark the public's second chance to participate in this amazing numismatic legend. The first opportunity came September 24-25, 1998 at the Long Beach Signature Sale, where Heritage offered the Trompeter $5, $10, & $20 matte proofs many for record prices."

"Other highlights", added Heritage Co-Founder Jim Halperin, "include three of the 1907 double eagle $20 gold pieces designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens: a superb Ultra High Relief; the finest known Roman Numerals High Relief (graded MS 69 by both major grading services); and the unique and nearly perfect Arabic Numerals Satin Finish proof (PR 68). Additional Trompeter selections will be offered by private treaty and in upcoming auctions."

The Trompeter proofs consigned to January's FUN Sale," raved HNAI's Bob Korver, "are astonishing for both their completeness and their quality. Of the 42 proof Liberty $10s in the With Motto series, the Trompeter estate contains 32 that grade PR 64 or better, and 35 pieces that are designated 'Cameo.' Unbelievable quality – unbelievable, at least, until you have the opportunity to actually inspect these treasures. Then you'll see that grading—by NGC in 1992—is actually conservative. Numismatic history will be made in Orlando, and worldwide attention will be focused on these magnificent coins. And justifiably so!"

Trompeter With Motto Liberty $10s

1866 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1867 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1868 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1869 $10 PR 63 Cameo
1870 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1871 $10 PR 63 Cameo
1872 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1873 $10 PR 62 Cameo
1874 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1875 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1876 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1877 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1878 $10 PR 62
1879 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1880 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1881 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1882 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1883 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1884 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1885 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1886 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1887 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1888 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1889 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1890 $10 PR 66 Cameo
1891 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1892 $10 PR 62 Cameo
1893 $10 PR 63 Cameo
1894 $10 PR 63 Cameo
1895 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1896 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1897 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1898 $10 PR 63 Cameo
1899 $10 PR 66 Cameo
1900 $10 PR 65 Cameo
1901 $10 PR 64 Cameo
1902 $10 PR 62
1903 $10 PR 65
1904 $10 PR 66
1905 $10 PR 65
1906 $10 PR 66
1907 $10 PR 62

Photographs of the Trompeter coins and FUN highlights are available at Heritage's Web site: www.heritagecoin.com.

In addition to the 42 proof eagles from the Trompeter Estate, Heritage's January FUN sale also includes several collections and coins of the greatest numismatic significance:

  • the $3 million-plus North Georgia Collection of Charlotte & Dahlonega Gold, including the finest known 1849-C Open Wreath gold dollar.
  • the historic 1839/8 $10 (Type of 1838) in MS 66
  • the William Dominick Collection of Mercury Dimes
  • the Ray Farley Collection of Silver Dollars
  • the Ted Moran Collection of Silver Dollars
  • an important 1893-S Morgan Dollar in MS 65
  • the New York Collection, which includes a complete Uncirculated set of $10 Indians featuring 1907 Rolled Edge MS 66, and a 1933 MS 64, plus a superb 1914 proof set, 1¢ through $20 gold.

Copies of the FUN catalog will be available in mid-December for $20, or a free copy can be obtained by sending Heritage a copy of a recent invoice exceeding $1,000 from any coin dealer. A text listing will also be posted on Heritage's website. Annual subscriptions to our auction catalogs are also available for $70. Please see our website www.heritagecoin.com for details.

Heritage is currently accepting consignments for their February 1998 Long Beach Signature Sale, which has already received more than $5 million in fresh coins. For additional information on consigning, please contact the Heritage Consignor Hotline at 1-800-US COINS (872-6467) Extension 222. Ask to speak with Bob Merrill or Leo Frese.

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